3 Night / 4 Day Silent Retreat in the Heart of England
New date for 2021
5th ~ 8th February 2021
with Marion, Martin, Gillian, Jan and Ameet
Step off the busy world for a while and take some time to rest and reflect
Everyone benefits from withdrawing from the world from time to time, to find the peace that resides deep within.
There is a long spiritual tradition of ‘entering the silence’ as a means of connecting with the energy that created you. Here it is possible to access a life changing power, higher and purer than anything else – ‘the peace that passes all understanding’.
Our Silent Retreat Venue
Nanpantan Hall is a peaceful and tranquil Victorian house set in 16 acres of picturesque Leicestershire countryside and the National Forest. The stillness is palpable here, and we will have exclusive use of the venue. With its variety of beautiful group rooms, all with log fires, and a spectacular art room space, this venue is ideal for ‘being in silence’.
Nanpantan is steeped in meditative silence generated by groups of many traditions. There are exquisite inspirational art and words on the walls and a permanent Labyrinth in the grounds. Only chemical-free products are used in the house and gardens.
It is also the perfect venue for accommodating the new government guidelines as there is plenty of space for us to maintain social distancing. Which is what we naturally do on silent retreats anyway!
We will be reducing the numbers and room options on this retreat to ensure that everyone has access their own private facilities. Please see prices for details below.
Let us guide you ‘into the silence’
Through years of experience of facilitating silent retreats, we have brought together the best we can find in every area, to help you experience the many profound benefits of being in silence.
- A beautiful venue with a deep presence of stillness and for our exclusive use
- 5 facilitators with many years’ experience of group facilitation and individual support
- Guided group meditations and relaxation sessions
- Optional activities, including art, yoga, woodland breathing and labyrinth walking
- Optional therapeutic and self-enquiry circles for individual guidance
- Delicious home cooked vegetarian food with vegan options
- A variety of single and sharing accommodation options
Previous Silent Retreat participants have said…
“The care and attention and love that was put into this retreat was felt and very appreciated. I loved all of it, and especially valued the freedom and light structure, I enjoyed and gained something from all the activities offered. The experience from the whole team was seamless and so valuable to me.”
“Silence and Stillness as a group, facilitated and led by Marion was a profound and nurturing experience.”
“Marion, I cannot thank-you enough. I can honestly say that your silent retreat was the most momentous four days of my life. Thanks to the beauty, love and nourishment you surrounded us with, I was able to touch my soul and it was exquisite. This morning I woke up realising that my spiritual practice is no longer a chore, it is a way to stay connected to the magic.”
Silent Retreat Participant – September 2019
“I found the deep peace I had hoped for, and it was more healing than I could ever have imagined.”
“I felt this retreat totally nourished me and I am so happy that I haven’t had to get on a plane to a remote part of the world to achieve this level of peace.”
Carole De Lacey
On this Silent Retreat you will be able to…
- Deepen your stillness practice with morning and evening guided meditations
- Enjoy specially prepared delicious vegetarian meals (vegan options available)
- Take time to reflect and relax in the many different spaces within the house and gardens
- Help yourself to refreshments throughout the day
- Sit and reflect by a log fire
And you can choose from a variety of optional activities…
- Unwind with a variety of different yoga sessions with a highly experienced teacher
- Immerse yourself with woodland breathing sessions in the beautiful grounds
- Connect to your inner creativity in a dedicated art room
- Deep introspection through daily self-enquiry circles with Marion and Gillian
- Explore the grounds and local walks in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside
- Find healing and inspiration as you walk the garden labyrinth
“The silent retreat more than met my expectations! I thought it would be calm and soothing but wasn’t expecting to leave with such a deep sense of peace. I loved the group evening meditations – inspiring with a huge sense of community.”
Alison Lawson – Previous silent retreat participant
Connect to your own inner wisdom
Your Soul is always attempting to guide your life along the highest path of your divine purpose, through intuition and synchronistic occurrences. These promptings are usually very subtle and quiet, yet we are often too busy to hear or respond to their inner guidance.
Entering the silence creates space for your Soul’s wisdom to shine through, giving you new and profound insights and perspectives. Here you can also come face to face with yourself, and in the willingness to just be with your own thoughts without the addition of other people’s opinions, an inner strength and peace can develop that gives freedom beyond words.
Unless you take the time out to reflect and review your life’s journey, years can go by without being conscious of what you are doing or what you are really wanting. We all need time to sit and think, to digest life’s experiences and to gain a bigger perspective so we can make new and more wholesome decisions.
Time to press pause…
Our silent retreats are designed to help you do just this, to stop and relax and to unwind. This takes time. Going on retreat and being in silence is a change of pace, a slowing down of everyday life. In our fast paced society our brains are used to operating at higher frequencies, the gamma and beta wavelengths. As the mind begins to slow down, we move into a more meditative space, the theta wavelengths.
Here, as neuroscientist Dr Shanida Nataraja explains in her book ‘The Blissful Brain’:
“The ultimate shift of contemplative practices is from left brain to right brain function, and dissolution of the ‘self’ leading to an awareness that our everyday reality is only a small fraction of the awareness of which the brain is potentially capable. Our brains have been designed so that an appropriate key, such as provided by meditation, can unlock this hidden potential.”
“Something extraordinary happens when I take time to withdraw my attention from the outside world, and give myself wholly to the experience of being fully present without the usual distractions of life. There is nothing else in my experience of life so far, that is as restorative and nourishing as being on an expertly guided silent retreat.”
“Should be called ‘a retreat from the noise of the mind and external forms into the infinite stillness within all of us’. Deeply grateful for this truly enlightening experience.”
Stephen D – Previous silent retreat participant
A chance for some tech-free time
To reap the full benefits of being in silence, we will disconnect from all technology, including your phone, for the duration of the retreat.
We will be offering a safe place to look after your phone for you so it is not far away, and you will be able to give your loved ones a 24 hour emergency contact number to use if needed.
You may be amazed how liberating and relaxing being without your phone actually is. Background anxiety melts away, and your very own ‘inner-net’ becomes a rich source of inspiration, insight, creativity and ‘ah hah’ moments.
What previous participants have said about our Silent Retreats…
“The retreat was everything I dreamt of and more. Beautiful location, perfectly organised and totally peaceful. So much reflection and realisations in such a short period, thank you, thank you, thank you.”
“The phrase ‘Silence is Golden’ truly came to life on the weekend retreat. I would recommend this to anyone.”
“It was very different from previous silent retreats I have been on, it was a very deep and special experience.”
Marion and her team; Martin Young, Gillian Lenane, Jan Collis and Ameet Malhotra have facilitated many events as a team or individually, in some cases going back as far as the last twenty years. Together they bring a wealth of experience of facilitating and supporting meditation and self-awareness groups. Each with experience of being in silence for extended periods, and with many years of professional group facilitation practise, as a team they offer a safe and sacred space in which you can experience the many profound and transformational benefits of being in silence.
Marion often spends long periods of time in silence, including a number of nine night retreats, and this has been integral to the creation of her courses, programmes and retreats, to which she also brings her extensive experience of guiding her clients and groups into silence.
As an Accredited Brandon Bays Journey Practitioner and the European Journey Assessor, an NLP Practitioner, Meditation Teacher and Group Facilitator Trainer, Marion facilitates spiritual mentoring programmes, workshops and has an international private therapy practice, both in person and on line.
With a life-long interest in personal development, his own journey has included studying sacred geometry, completing a counselling course and attending a number of Journey events (including ‘Journey Man’), and together with Ameet, exploring how men can support each other in a conscious way.
Martin combines his current web design business with supporting Marion on all her retreats since 2007. As well as a facilitator on this silent retreat, Martin will be creating and overseeing the art room.
Gillian and Marion have worked together on many shared events for over 20 years and she is an integral part of the silent retreat facilitator team. She brings her depth of experience and knowledge of meditation and stillness to the silent retreats, as well as creating a stone labyrinth, having trained as a labyrinth facilitator at Chartres cathedral in France.
While raising three children and training as a massage therapist, Jan was continually seeking ways to clear old issues and limitations. This led her to Marion and the work of Brandon Bays ‘The Journey’, and in 2010 she completed her training as a Journey Practitioner and then as an NLP practitioner.
Jan has a deep love and appreciation of stillness and silence, as well as extensive experience in supporting others to access this presence in themselves.
Ameet has a background in music and is the founding artist of the ‘We Are Made of Music’ project. Martin and Ameet have been colleagues and friends for over 20 years.
Why is silence so powerful?
Traditionally it has been religious orders that have recognised the power of silence, believing it to be the simplest path to God. Silence was considered to be ‘golden’, with its own vibration, higher and purer than anything else that life has to offer an earthly being.
Entering the silence creates space for your Soul’s wisdom to shine through. Here you can also come face to face with yourself, which is not always a comfortable process. But in the willingness to just be with your own thoughts, without the addition of other people’s opinions, an inner strength and peace can develop that gives freedom beyond words.
‘Great minds seek silence and solitude. It is here that the largest problems of life are worked out. The silence offers an ever available and unlimited opportunity for awakening the highest conception of truth.’
Charles Haanel – The Master Key System – 1929
There are two options
- One of the newly refurbished smaller attic style rooms on the top floor, with ensuite toilet and shower. (There is a lift to the top floor).
- One of the large, spacious and elegant rooms on the first floor. (These rooms each have a designated toilet and shower in the bathroom on the same floor).
The cost of the retreat is £750 inclusive of accommodation, meals, refreshments and all activities.
Travelling to Nanpanton Hall
Nanpanton Hall is located south-east of Loughborough in Leicestershire, about 110 miles north of London and a few minutes from Junction 22 on the M1 motorway. Alternatively, if travelling by rail, Nanpanton Hall is 5 miles from Loughborough station. Overnight accommodation before and /or after the retreat is not available at the venue itself, but there is the opportunity to stay in the area in bed & breakfast or using Airbnb.
Previous Silent Retreat participants have said…
“Four days at a silent retreat transformed my life. I was floating for two weeks after the retreat and although the intensity has faded, I stay connected to my inner stillness & love with daily meditation and regular fixes of silence whenever I can get it.”
Writer Sally Brockway writing in an article for Platinum Magazine about her experience of being in silence at our 2019 residential retreat in Wales. You can read the full article in Platinum Magazine January 2020 edition.
“The most amazing, liberating, eye opening thing I have ever done! spending time with yourself, your thoughts, appreciating nature & pausing from ‘life’ was definitely nourishment for the soul.”
“It was very calming to have the time and space to go deep within and tap into my own inner wisdom.”
“A wonderful opportunity to find stillness and restoration in a beautiful location.”
“The retreat went beyond my expectations of deep peace, relaxation and personal development, it was an opportunity to go deep within, to nourish the body and soul and rest the mind.”
“Perfect venue, loved the open fires and all the different spaces. Grounds were wonderful for walks, excellent food. Marion, Gillian and Martin were fantastic, so discreet and held the space beautifully.”
“A profound simplicity of silence in a beautiful setting, it enabled a deeper awareness of my being.”
To book your place on the 4 Day Silent Retreat…
A £350 non-refundable deposit will secure your place, with the balance payable by instalments.
If you have any questions or would like to book a place, please get in touch:
Call: 07949 095 107
For more information, have a look at…
Based on our experience, these are some of the most common questions about being on a silent retreat that people ask us.
Guidelines we give to participants to help them make the most of the special time on one of our silent retreats.