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The Breath Reimagined

with Mark Ovland

Saturday 21st September 10AM – 4.00

Every breath that we take invigorates the body and mind, energising us and keeping us alive. It is an intimate and wondrous phenomenon and potentially a very deep resource for our meditation. Yet the simple instruction to watch the breath can sometimes feel a bit stale to us, if we don’t have an engaging way to relate to this process.

On this retreat we will imagine, observe, and play with the breath energy in ways that may take us beyond our usual sense of it. These meditative techniques include the whole of the body and can lead towards a profound harmonizing of the being, bringing more spaciousness, lightness, and ease into our experience.

Everyone is welcome, no matter if you’re new to meditation or an old hand.









Mark Ovland:

Mark began practising meditation in 2008 and spent a number of years living and working in retreat centres and monasteries around the UK and Asia. Wanting to make the teachings hed picked up more widely accessible to those in need, in 2013 he co-founded Freely Given Retreats, a charity that offers weeklong and daylong retreats on a donation basis, and soon afterwards pioneered taking mindfulness courses into UK prisons. In more recent years Mark has been especially engaged with environmental and social justice issues. He was a close student of Rob Burbea and is a director of the Hermes Amara Foundation, an organisation set up to preserve Robs teaching legacy.


Early Bird Booking (one month or more before the retreat) is £20 waged and £10.00 unwaged.

Late Booking is £25 waged and £12.50 unwaged.

This covers the administration costs and the hall hire only. There will be an opportunity to offer dana (the practice of generosity) for the teacher as a donation on the day.

You can book on Brown Paper Tickets here

For more information about our day retreats please visit our General Information and Practicalities page on our website.

For a list of all our 2024 retreats click here