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“We can’t do it by ourselves, and no one else can do it for us.”

Susann Herrmann - HC
Mindfulness Meditation Retreats and Events
Residential Mindfulness Events

Residential Event

Residential Mindfulness Retreats and Events
Residential Events

Residential Event

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Living with Ease:
Being in alignment with the way things are

Friday 05.11. – Tuesday 09.11.

Residential Event on the Isle of Wight – UK

Our Covid-19 Statement

Your welfare is very important to us!

Therefore despite the continuing easing of Covid-19 measures we, at the Centre for Mindful Living, have made the decision that in general for all our Residential Events in the future, there will be a maximum of 8 people attending. 

The events will have mainly Single en-suite rooms with only a couple of sharing possibilities.

Please be reassured that all bookings made for this event will be honoured and a forward credit applied if circumstances change due to the virus.

Teacher-led Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

A student is asking the teacher:

“When heat and cold come, how can I avoid them?”

And the teacher answers:
“Go to the place, where there is no heat or cold.”

The student says:
“Where is that place, where there is no heat or cold?”

And the teacher says:
“When it’s cold, shiver. And when it’s hot, sweat.”


How often in our lives do we seek safety or possibilities to feel more comfortable in difficult moments? Especially nowadays with all the uncertainties, fears or even geopolitical tumults each one of us is facing in life…

Often, we want to find a place, where there is no heat or cold.
Where there is no pain, no difficulties.

That is, how most of us feel. We really believe that we can control the way things are. If we only knew the right technique, we could be beyond the place of cold and heat.

We have developed many strategies with the hope of coping better with the full ‘catastrophe’ of life. And sometimes for a little bit of time, these strategies work, but ultimately, we discover that it doesn’t help all the time. That it doesn’t provide a permanent solution.

What would happen, when we allow the moment to be as it is?
When we stop fighting it.
When we stop trying to fix it.
When we stop running away from it.
When we meet our life as it is!

In mindfulness, we are encouraged to bring awareness to what is present.
And by practicing in this way, we create conditions that transformation can happen.

We invite you to join us in stillness and silence to wake up to the beauty of being alive. To encounter the life we have with freshness and wonder.

Each day on this Mindfulness Meditation Retreat will offer a sustained schedule of formal meditation practice (both sitting and walking practice), instructions, individual meetings with the teacher and short inspirational talks on different subjects related to our mindfulness practice, as well as facilitation of a group inquiry process, all within an underlying environment of silence.

The retreat programme also includes a longer lunch & rest period to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Freshwater Bay and its cliffs, which is less than a 15 mins walk from the retreat venue.

Voices of participants
Voices of Participants
Definitely not McMindfulness
Definitely not McMindfulness
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The chattering in my head subsided. The disconnection from Twitter meant Trump and Boris allowed me to settle calmly into my body.
Thank you to Susann for being my teacher for the last 14 years who always amazes me with her knowledge of Secular Mindfulness, which definitely is not McMindfulness. Her relocation to The Isle of Wight from London now means I’ll have to maintain my annual visit to the island.

Celebrating…Part I
Celebrating - Part I
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My heartfelt thanks for the wonderful retreat weekend – what a joy it was.
My daily formal practice is now back in place. The work stress I talked about has not returned, and there are many other subtle changes in thought and behaviour that have persisted since coming home – it’s been the most impactful retreat experience I’ve had so far. Thank you.

Celebrating…Part II
Celebrating - Part II
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It was particularly wonderful to experience the weekend as one of playful experimentation rather than an opportunity for the mind to engage in a barrage of negative self-criticism – I feel at this moment very content.
These days my heart is mostly joyful, and I haven’t yet tired of celebrating that!

Pause the responsibilities
Pause the responsibilities
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I really enjoyed having the opportunity to pause the responsibilities of everyday life and focus on my mindfulness practice.
It was fantastic to connect with my practice in a deeper way. I also appreciated the countryside nearby and our thoughtful B&B hosts. I just wish I could come on retreat more often!

Being nurtured & fulfilled...
Being nurtured & fulfilled
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This was the first time I had been on a retreat even though I have known Susann for many years.
The guidance was simple and expertly done, as she structured the days. I always felt nurtured and fulfilled by the days' practice, talks and the one-to-one personal guidance. I would definitely recommend doing a retreat to truly unwind and know your deep inner self. It really is very relaxing and calming to the mind and body.

Flexibility & choice…
Flexibility & choice…
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I have endless respect and admiration for the integrity that Susann brings to the practice.
She holds the space with such firm support, but her gentleness allows flexibility and choice.

Community spirit…Part I
Community spirit - Part I
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I practiced a lot of wordless experiencing of things – e.g. in walking practice not thinking ‘I love being outside’ but letting my heart respond – I want to live less in my mind and more in my heart.
I loved this weekend. The setting, the group size. Perfect.

Community spirit…Part II
Community spirit - Part II
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Stunning gardens, delicious food, warm welcome, community spirit and concept behind the community. Seemed the perfect fit for a retreat.

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No Prerequisites!

The present moment doesn’t distinguish between newcomers and experienced practitioners. Therefore, you are most welcome to join us, if our Mindfulness Meditation Retreat speaks to you and you are curious when you read this page!

This is the only pre-requisite!
We would love to have you at our retreat and would be delighted to welcome you.

Details: Teacher-led Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
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Led by our Guiding Teacher

Venue: Cosy Wolf
Location: Victoria Road, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight PO40 9PP – UK

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Cosy Wolf Lounge
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Cosy Wolf is a stunning Georgian house, set in 2 acres of beautiful gardens. The property has undergone extensive refurbishment since January 2020, and offers superb facilities, in a tranquil setting 20 minutes walk from Freshwater.

Dates & Timings:

Friday 05.11. – Tuesday 09.11. TBC

Please arrive on the first day between 4 and 6pm to allow time to get settled into your room before our Orientation Session in the evening. The retreat ends on the final day at 12.30pm.


    • 4.00pm                          Check-in begins
    • 6.30 – 7.30pm               Dinner
    • 7.30 – 9.30pm               Orientation Session
    • 7.30 – 8.00am                Early Morning Session
    • 8.00 – 9.30am                Breakfast & Rest Practice
    • 9.30 – 12.30pm              Morning Session includes Talk related to our practice & Group Inquiry
    • 12.30 – 3.00pm              Rest Practice
    • 3.00 – 6.00pm                Afternoon Session includes Individual Meeting with the Teacher
    • 6.00 – 7.30pm                Dinner & Rest Practice
    • 7.30 – 8.30/9.00pm        Evening Session
    • 7.30 – 8.00am                Early Morning Session
    • 8.00 – 9.30am                Breakfast & Packing
    • 9.30 – 12.30pm              Closing Session
    • 12.30pm                         Departure


  • Tuition Fee (does not include accommodation fee):
  • Accommodation charges: Half-board at Cosy Wolf, which includes Breakfast (details) and Dinner, with Tea’s, Coffee & Snacks in between:
      • £ 315 Single ensuite


If you would like to join, please let us know and we will send you a reservation email with payment details.
In order to be able to confirm your place on the retreat, we do require full Tuition Fee payment either by Bank Transfer or by Debit/Credit Card (a handling charge of 4% will be added).

Once we confirm your place we will email you a confirmation of your booking and ask you to contact Cosy Wolf ([email protected]) directly for your reservation. A 10% deposit is payable 4 weeks before arrival, the B&B will get in touch via Email to request payment. The remaining payment of the accommodation charge is due on the day of arrival. Cosy Wolf does not accept bookings unless they have a copy of the confirmation email, which provides them with evidence that you have been approved for a place.

Travelling to the Retreat

Travelling to the island via Lymington Pier to Yarmouth (IOW), by WightLink car ferry is the most direct way to Freshwater Bay.
Taxi time from Yarmouth (IOW) to Freshwater Bay is approximately five minutes.

Further Information can be found here >>

Centre for Mindful Living Cancellation Policy

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we have made some temporary changes to our cancellation policy. Be assured that all bookings made, will be honoured and a forward credit applied if circumstances change.

This Residential Event will take place at Cosy Wolf, Isle of Wight.
If the Residential Event has to be cancelled due to (Local) Government Guidance, we will hold your booking while we look to reschedule the event, or we would host the event online.
If you are unable to attend the rescheduled in person or online event, then a forward credit of the full tuition fee, towards any future events we host, will apply.

If your circumstances change and you are unable to attend, then we will offer a forward credit towards a future event with us.

Our liability is limited to providing a forward credit. We recommend participants have adequate insurance to cover any cancelled travel or personal expenses.

Cosy Wolf Cancellation Policy

In light of the Covid 19 Pandemic and the government advice, they have amended their cancellation policy to the following – 100% refund for cancellations up to 7 days before arrival. 50% refund for cancellations between 6 days and 48 hours before arrival. For cancellations less than 48 hours before arrival, the full booking balance will be due.

Additional Information

The above updated cancellation policies replace the cancellation policies stated in the Terms & Conditions for the IC.CML and Cosy Wolf Bed & Breakfast. These updated cancellation policies will be valid as long as Covid-19 measures have to be in place.

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Flight over Freshwater Bay on a Lovely Day!
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We very much look forward to welcoming you!