MINDFULNESS COURSES | MEDITATION RETREATS 

November 
23rd 
Mindfulness for Health Care Professionals 
November 23 @ 10:00 am - November 26 @ 3:30 pm GMT 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
PRICE: Full: £250.00 
Price includes lunch and snacks 
 
Mindfulness for health professionals - Beating Burnout 
During this four-day mindfulness course for healthcare professionals, you will learn the art of mindfulness and compassion meditation from author and international mindfulness teacher Suryacitta and Dr Zahida Adam, GP and coach. 
 
If you would like to pay via bank transfer or cheque please contact us as this is an option
You will learn a number of meditations during the course, be introduced to the evidence base for mindfulness and there will be time for discussion and reflection. You will be asked to practice meditation a little every day at home. You will be shown how to bring mindfulness into your work and everyday life, benefiting not only yourself but your patients too. 
 
Session 1: Spending time with ourselves 
Session 2: Being at home in our bodies 
Session 3: There is power in being present 
Session 4: Calming the Chattering Mind 
Session 5: Self Compassion – Dancing with Dragons; 
Session 6: The slow burner, how we transform. 
Session 7: Being in relationship to ourselves 
Session 8 Maintaining the momentum 
 
There will also be time to relax and walk in beautiful Bradgate Deer Park just two minutes walk away. 
 
This course on mindfulness for healthcare professionals is open to all, those of any faith and no faith. 
 
TESTIMONIALS 
 
Suryacitta 
“When a colleague of mine arranged a small group mindfulness meditation sessions with Suryacitta, I had no idea what to expect. As a medical professional, however, I was quite curious about what could be on offer to help with everyday life stressors. This continued weekly for further 6-8weeks and provided another perspective on my approach to life and other people around me. Each session lasted around 1 hour facilitated by himself who was open, non-judgemental and knowledgeable. He had written a book on the subject, which I found extremely honest and easy to read and follow. The sessions were unbelievably simple and practical consisting of discussion among the group and mental and physical practices.” 
Dr Reza Kiani, Consultant in learning disabilities 
 
“Suryacitta introduced us to how the practice of mindfulness leads to a quiet cumulative experience of inner peace, resilience and the first steps to finding the happiness we have buried within ourselves. Finding and living in happiness is a continuous life-long exercise, and only an effective and advanced teacher can instill the faith needed to sustain and enjoy the journey. Suryacitta was that teacher, and I am grateful for the experience. I would recommend Suryacitta’s course and book to anyone who has genuinely realised there is an immediate and important need for compassion and happiness to pervade their lives. May you be kind, and may you be happy.” 
Dr Avinash Hiremath, Psychiatrist Glenfield, Leicester 
 
Dr Adam 
“One of the main reasons I had for coming on the course was that I had struggled to learn from just reading books on the subject. Dr Adam’s careful, sympathetic and warm approach to introducing us to mindfulness has made all the difference for me. I look forward to continuing to practice daily.” 
Tony, NHS patient 
 
Dr Adam 
To be quite frank I have found these sessions with Dr Adam superb. The sessions are well thought through, relaxing and delivered in a positive manner. The combination of meditation and poetry has opened my mind to alternatives. I do find it helpful to meditate frequently and when I am having a “bad time” and cannot calm down quickly. The length of the course is appropriate to get tot he heart of the issue. A follow up session would be useful. I can’t think of any negatives as I have found this course very useful. NHS patient with Depression 
 
Cancellations must be made at least seven days prior to the start of the course. If you cancel within seven days we will look at your situation 
No refunds will be given once the course has started. however, we can offer a free transfer to another course. 
 
January 
11/12/13 
Mindfulness Course for anxiety and stress – Over 3 days – Places available 
January 11 @ 10:00 am - January 13 @ 4:00 pm GMT 
Venue; Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, LE60HH 
 
Mindfulness course for anxiety and stress  
PRICE: Full: £195.00.00 | Reduced fees: £145.00 
 
This three-day intensive mindfulness course is the GOLD STANDARD eight-week course but run over 3 days. It is ideal for those who live anywhere in the UK and want to learn mindfulness from experienced teachers or for those who cannot commit to eight weeks. 
Local accommodation is available for those living at a distance. 
 
If you would like to pay via bank transfer or cheque please contact us as this is an option. 
 

Mindfulness Course 

During the three days there will be guided meditation sessions along with plenty of time for questions and discussion. Chairs and or mats and cushions are provided. 
 
Themes covered: 
 
The Jewel in the Ice – what mindfulness is and how to do it 
How to live in your body, not your head 
Living in the present 
Calming the chattering mind 
Dancing with dragons – working with difficult emotions 
The ABC of mindfulness - the secret to a happy life 
Compassion meditation for self and others 
Everyday mindfulness and what next 
 
The mindfulness for anxiety and stress is suitable for beginners and those wanting to refresh their meditation practice. If you are unsure in any way whether the course is suitable for you then give us a call – 07837866619. 
 
This course is suitable for any health professionals wishing to progress onto the teacher training programme. 
 
Between them, Gaynor and Suryacitta have over 40 years experience of mindfulness meditation and will show you how to bring mindfulness into your everyday life - your home, work and relationships. 
 
AFTER YOUR COURSE 
After the course, you will have access to and receive updates from Suryacitta. Alongside this, you will receive access to our app which contains a version of the eight-week course led by Suryacitta for helping to maintain and deepen your practice. 
 
There is also a monthly drop-in meditation evening which you can join in person or via a webinar which can be accessed from anywhere. 
 
Cancellations must be made at least seven days prior to the start of the course. If you cancel within seven days we will look at your situation 
No refunds will be given once the course has started. however, we can offer a free transfer to another course. 
 
January/ 
March 
24th-14th 
Mindfulness Course over eight weeks 
January 24th @ 7:00 pm - March 14th @ 8:30 pm BST 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
Thursdays – January 24th, 31st, February 7th, 14th, 21st ,28th, March 7th, 14th  
 
PRICE: Full: £195.00 | Reduced fees: £145.00 
The course will be led by Suryacitta Malcolm Smith and Gaynor Quilter 
 
During the eight sessions there will be guided meditation sessions along with plenty of time for questions and discussion. Chairs and or mats and cushions are provided. 
 
If you would like to pay via bank transfer or cheque please contact us as this is an option. 
 
Themes covered: 

 Mindfulness for anxiety 

 
Themes covered: 
 
The Jewel in the Ice – what mindfulness is and how to do it 
How to live in your body, not your head 
Living in the present 
Calming the chattering mind 
Dancing with dragons – working with difficult emotions 
The ABC of mindfulness - the secret to a happy life 
Compassion meditation for self and others 
Everyday mindfulness and what next 
 
The mindfulness for anxiety and stress is suitable for beginners and those wanting to refresh their meditation practice. If you are unsure in any way whether the course is suitable for you then give us a call – 07837866619. 
 
This course is suitable for any health professionals wishing to progress onto the teacher training programme. 
 
Between them, Gaynor and Suryacitta have over 40 years experience of mindfulness meditation and will show you how to bring mindfulness into your everyday life - your home, work and relationships. 
 
AFTER YOUR COURSE 
After the course, you will have access to and receive updates from Suryacitta. Alongside this, you will receive access to our app which contains a version of the eight-week course led by Suryacitta for helping to maintain and deepen your practice. 
 
There is also a monthly drop-in meditation evening which you can join in person or via a webinar which can be accessed from anywhere. 
 
Cancellations must be made at least seven days prior to the start of the course. If you cancel within seven days we will look at your situation 
No refunds will be given once the course has started. however, we can offer a free transfer to another course. 
 

DAY / WEEKEND RETREATS 

December 
15th 
Meditation Day Retreat - Creating Calm at Christmas 
December 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm GMT 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
£47 includes lunch, teas, coffees and biscuits 
 
DESCRIPTION 
This meditation day will be led by Suryacitta. It is a day of meditation and rest in what is usually a busy time of year. Suryacitta will give teachings most of the day apart from those teachings and guided meditations will be in silence. 
Lunch and snacks will be provided. 
Numbers limited to 14 so please book early. 
 
If you would like to pay via bank transfer or cheque please contact us as this is an option. 
 
 
Cancellations must be made at least seven days prior to the start of the course. If you cancel within seven days we will refund 50 per cent of the fee. No refunds will be given after the course starts. However, with all cancellations, we will transfer to another course free of charge. 
January 
26th 
Mindfulness Retreat – One Day 
January 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm BST 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
 
Cost £47 includes lunch and snacks 
 
This mindfulness retreat day is suitable for anybody interested in learning the simple and transformative practice of mindfulness. It is also aimed at those with an existing practice who wish to deepen their meditation practice with Suryacitta who is one of the most experienced teachers in the UK. 
 
You will learn and further explore a variety of meditation practices inlcuding: 
Mindfulness of Breathing, Compassion meditation and Choiceless Awareness. Suryacitta and Gaynor will share tools and techniques for use in everyday life to help calm the mind and deal with difficult situations.  
 
Cancellations must be made at least seven days prior to the start of the course. If you cancel within seven days we will refund 50 per cent of the fee. No refunds will be given after the course starts. However, with all cancellations, we will transfer you to another course free of charge. 
March 
9th - 10th 
Silent Meditation Retreat over two days 
March 9th & 10th @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm GMT 
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March 
Price £95 includes lunches, teas, coffees and biscuits 
 
This silent meditation retreat will be led by Suryacitta who has 30 years experience of retreats and practice. During the silence, there will be teaching from Suryacitta on meditation and other themes. 
 
A silent retreat allows us to take time out from our busy lives and to rest, and to focus ourselves on our meditation practice. 
 
This is a non-residential retreat but for those who live a distance away, there is local accommodation which we can supply details of on receipt of booking. 
 
Numbers limited to 14 so please book early.  
 
 

MINDFULNESS TEACHER TRAINING RETREATS 

May 
11 - 16 
Mindfulness training – Places available 
11th May 2019 @ 10:00 am - 16th May 2019 @ 4:30 pm GMT 
 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, LE60HH 
There is local accomodation for people who live a distance away. 
 
Train to teach mindfulness with confidence and ease.  
 
The cost of this 6-day training retreat is £660 which includes all lunches along drinks and snacks. You can secure your place by paying £100 deposit today. 
 
Each day will consist of mindfulness and compassion meditation and the exploration of themes such as letting go, enquiry, trust, teaching from your own experience. There will be group work and the opportunity to teach a variety of practices. There will be a maximum of 12 participants. 
Our Mindfulness training programme has two options. 
 
OPTION 1, You can attend the 6 (consecutive) day training retreat which will prepare you to teach mindfulness in the setting of your choosing. A lot of people choose this option as this training is all they need. You will receive a certificate of mindfulness skills from Mindfulness CIC 
 
THEMES COVERED ON THE TRAINING RETREAT INCLUDE: 
 
The history and roots of mindfulness 
The art of guiding meditations – why saying less is better 
Exploring the inquiry process 
Using metaphor, stories and images in teaching 
Teaching mindfulness in different settings 
Using silence and pauses in our own practice and as teaching aides 
Looking at guidelines for living – how we live each day matters 
Holding a group 
What is mindfulness – a look at the subtleties of this ancient practice 
 
Essential attitudes for a beneficial practice – sensitivity, courage, curiosity, warmth, kindness, receptivity…and lots more 
Why mindfulness works and why it doesn’t 
How to work with the tyranny of thoughts and difficult emotions 
Setting your students home practice 
 
There will be one full day of silent meditation practice during the mindfulness training retreat so we can focus on our own meditation practice. This day will also show you how to set up and run a day retreat of your own once you start teaching. 
 
The meditations which we will cover on the training retreat include: 
 
Each participant will get the opportunity to guide meditations and to receive helpful feedback about what worked and what didn’t. 
 
Mindfulness of Breathing 
Body Awareness/Scan 
Compassion Meditation 
Choiceless Awareness/Just Sitting 
Three Step Breathing Space 
Mindful Walking and Movement 
Self-compassion practice – how to be with difficult emotions 
 
Each day will begin at 10.00am and end at around 4.30. There will be breaks and lunch (which is provided) will be at 1.00pm 
 
There is local accommodation available for those who will be travelling. 
 
The 6-day comprehensive mindfulness training retreat will enable you to teach: 
 
• With more confidence 
 
• With a certificate in mindfulness skills from Mindfulness CIC 
 
• With the support and backing of very experienced teachers 
 
You will also be able to: 
 
• “Plug into” our network of mindfulness teachers 
 
• Deepen your practice with our courses for further development 
 
OPTION 2, After the six-day training retreat you can choose to enter into the 12-month training pathway which includes: 
 
Four group skype/webinar supervision sessions – every three months. 
Three individual sessions, these can be both supervision and advice on setting up a course – phone or skype 
The use of all our materials and course booklet 
The use of the mindfulness cic app (which includes full eight-week course and a selection of guided meditations) for yourself and to provide for your clients 
 
The cost of this 12 months pathway is £395 for the 12 months. 
Payable after the 6-day training retreat. Once your 12 months have passed you will be registered as a teacher of the Vision and Transformation Mindfulness and Compassion course. We will pass your details onto people who wish to attend a course in your area. 
PLEASE NOTE: Although Suryacitta co-designed and lecture on the MSc in mindfulness and compassion this mindfulness training is not academic in nature but is experiential. 
 
Venue: Sunnyside House, in the beautiful Leicestershire village of Newtown Linford. 
 
Booking: We require a deposit of £100 to secure a place and the remainder is to be paid eight weeks before the start of the training course. 
 
Please contact us if you are unsure if the training retreat is suitable for you. 
 
Cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to the start of the course. If you cancel within 21 days we will refund 50 per cent of the fee. No refunds will be given after the course starts. However, with all cancellations, we will transfer to another course for a small donation. 
 
February 
12, 19, 26 
How to teach mindfulness with confidence and ease 
February 12, 19, 26 @ 18:45pm - 19:45 pm GMT 
Three Week Live Online Course 
(These sessions are live but there are also recorded so if you miss a session you can view anytime) 
 
VENUE – Online, February 12th, 19th, 26th – 19.00 – 20.00 
PRICE: £65.00 for three weeks. 
 
Many mindfulness teachers find themselves falling short as they begin to attempt to communicate the wonderful teachings of mindfulness. Becoming confident in teaching takes time, but can be rapidly accelerated with the help of an experienced mentor. Learning to be comfortable ‘within' yourself whilst allowing silence to do the teaching, will not only enhance your own mindfulness practice, but will make your teaching more elegant, effective and beautiful. 
 
During our mindfulness supervision and training, you will learn how to rest in calm whilst communicating effectively. 
 
We will explore - 
 
 
 
How to allow silence to be your teacher and guide 
How to keep teaching simple 
What is the intention of the Inquiry process? 
How to guide meditations and why saying less is better 
Using metaphors, stories and images. 
The roots of mindfulness 
 
Leave your students wanting to learn more !! 
 
Testimonials 
“It was a revelation to see how powerful and beautiful can be the use of metaphors and stories to convey meaning. They cut through confusion like lots of words never could.” 
Dan 
“Thank you for an insightful six days. It’s helped develop me, my reflections, my awareness and understanding of myself in a safe, yet challenging environment. Life isn’t easy and the retreat helps to reflect on the ups and downs. I appreciate the honesty and challenge Suryacitta brings without apology, with humour.” Helena 
 
 
 
"Suryacitta's supervision is excellent. He has a talent for seeing straight to the centre of things. He has really helped me simplify my teaching and bring more metaphor and imagery into use, which makes for a more powerful learning experience." 
Dr Tamar 
 
 
"The reminder to not overthink or over-complicate things has been invaluable throughout this journey. Suryacitta keeps me on the path of teaching from the heart, from experience and from life itself." 
Dr Zahida 
 
 
"The supervision sessions were a success because Suryacitta is kind, honest, generous and challenging in a useful way. He helped me to reflect on my own teaching, on my strengths and areas for development. Suryacitta also asks questions that helped me to reflect on my own practice and to understand, overcome or accept many of my own challenges." 
Roz 
 
 
"I have never had supervision like this before. Suryacitta showed me how to be courageous when teaching, he showed me there and then that i did not need to have all the answers, and that is a great relief." 
MF 
 
 
"I carried out my teacher-training course with Suryacitta and have since joined the 12 month teacher training pathway. This has involved having supervision sessions with Suryacitta that I have found extremely helpful. He is a good listener and he also has the astute ability to ask the right questions. Through his advice and support I have become a more confident teacher." 
Caroline Quinton Smith 
 
 
"I feel much more empowered and in control with my teaching. I no longer feel the need to over plan before sessions and have the confidence to just see what the group brings and needs each week." 
 
Cancellations must be made at least seven days prior to the start of the course. If you cancel within seven days we will refund 50 per cent of the fee. No refunds will be given after the course starts. However, with all cancellations, we will transfer you to another course free of charge. 
Short video of Suryacitta teaching in Australia 

What they say 

“I really enjoyed your real and down to earth approach. I was able to fully engage with every week and to deepen my peace with life and the challenges presented. I am also enjoying the ride rather than looking for the finish line.” 
Alison 

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Suryacitta's Books  

A Mindful Life by 
Suryacitta Malcolm Smith 
 
“A Mindful Life focuses on four key concepts: meditation, controlling the overthinking mind, learning to embrace negative emotion, and understanding the meaning of mindful living.” 
A Mindful Life | Suryacitta | The Happy Buddha
A Mindful Life by  Suryacitta Malcolm Smith
Happiness and How it Happens by 
Suryacitta Malcolm Smith 
 
“A perfect beginners handbook. Absolutely spot on and beautifully designed.” 
 
Emma Thompson – Oscar winning actress 
Happiness and How it Happens
Happiness and How it Happens by  Suryacitta Malcolm Smith
Mindfulness and Compassion by 
Suryacitta Malcolm Smith 
 
“Suryacitta writes in a way that everyone can understand and relate to. I found his book fascinating and enlightening.” 
Mindfulness and Compassion
Mindfulness and Compassion by  Suryacitta Malcolm Smith
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