Guanock Retreat Centre is a sanctuary for people to come and reconnect with a deeper, more integrated, more beautiful side of life. Our aim is that people live their lives of total fulfilment. So the experience of a retreat at Guanock is luxurious and pleasurable, not austere. As well as in depth spiritual experience in the workshops it is the enjoyment of good food and good company that makes it unforgettable. Part of the experience we offer is a reconnection with nature. So for example, meal-times involve being part of the food preparation. Digging the potatoes and carrots, chopping and slicing ready for the pot in our large country kitchen. We do not believe the spiritual life involves austerity.
The principal meditation practice that we teach at Guanock Retreat Centre is an age old method of yoga mantra meditation. This technique is simple and natural and can be mastered by anyone. It forms the basis for all the yoga techniques and practices that we offer from the most basic to the most advanced. The purpose of meditation, as we see it, is to merge our individual minds with universal mind or cosmic mind. We think of our minds as – “my mind” – something very personal and individual, a separate object that belongs to us inside our body and is not part of a bigger whole but in reality our minds are an integral part of the universal mind or cosmic mind. There is no separation.
The gardens at Guanock House cover five acres of spectacular garden spaces or garden-rooms, each with its own character. Designed by the world renowned garden designer, Arne Maynard.
For our clients the gardens provide tranquility and beauty and a place where they can reconnect with nature and her restorative power. Our workshops are very much nature based. We work with the natural elements to deepen meditation practice and to enhance the healing process. All of our workshops involve being in the garden for at least part of the time. Teaching sessions are interspersed with time where you can take yourself away and discover a power spot – a place in the garden where you experience power – the power of nature and your own personal power, where you feel especially good. In your power spot you can meditate or contemplate and experience deep peace and a new, restored, connection with nature.