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"You can forget fancy holidays, wining, dining & high living. I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be than at your guided retreat. It was sublime."

Sally Brockway -
Author of 'Retreat: Sanctuary and Self-Care for Every Day'

4 Night Silent Retreat in the Heart of England ~
Experience the Transformational Power of Silence on our All Inclusive Bespoke Retreat

2pm Sunday 22nd September – 2pm Thursday 26th September 2024, with Marion, Martin, Jan and Earl

  • Do you long to retreat from daily life for a while and deepen your connection with stillness?

  • Would it be bliss to surrender into the silence and just focus on your own spiritual journey?

  • How would it feel to disconnect from technology and find some deep inner peace?

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’.


Please note: To experience the profound benefits of the silence, it is essential that you step away from all technology, including your phone, for the duration of the retreat (there is a 24hr emergency contact number to give to your friends and family). Interaction with the outside world will prevent you from fully accessing the silence, so please do not attend this retreat unless you are willing to commit to this request.


5 day silent retreat 2020 venue from the air

Nanpanton Hall, Leicestershire, in the heart of England


Nanpanton Hall

We will have exclusive use of this lovely large Victorian country house set in 16 acres of picturesque Leicestershire countryside and the National Forest.

With its variety of beautiful quiet rooms downstairs, log fires, and a bright and spacious art room, this venue is ideal for ‘being in silence’.

Nanpantan is steeped in meditative silence that had been generated by groups from many different traditions, with inspirational art on the walls and a permanent Labyrinth in the grounds.

It is also the perfect venue for our current times, with its spacious downstairs rooms and beautiful grounds. Everyone has their own bedroom room to ensure maximum benefit, so numbers are limited to 20 participants and 4 facilitators.


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
  • 4 facilitators with many years’ experience of group facilitation and individual support
  • Guided group meditations and relaxation sessions
  • A beautiful sound bath on second evening, in preparation for the powerful mid-point of silence on Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Optional activities, including art, woodland breathing and labyrinth walking
  • Optional therapeutic and self-enquiry circles with Marion and team
  • Delicious home cooked vegetarian food with vegan options

5 day silent retreat 2020 venue interior

Reception area with log fire

 

5 day silent retreat 2020 venue garden

 Relaxing grounds

Previous Silent Retreat participants have said…

“The best retreat I have ever been on.”
September 2022 Participant

“Thank you Marion and your incredible team. I can’t remember when I felt this relaxed and restored. It was bliss to be without my phone and switch off so completely. I loved the venue, the food, the art room and the meditations, everything, please sign me up for the next one.”
September 2022 Participant

“Thank you for the most extraordinarily wonderful retreat, I found a missing part of myself along the way, the art room was liberating for me, having time to myself with no other distractions was incredible. So much stress seems to have evaporated and I am determined to keep the peace I found here alive when I go home. I only realise now how frantic my life had become and how I had lost myself. I feel soooooooo good. I cannot thank you enough.”
September 2022 Participant

“What a lovely retreat and team you have. Your energy and calmness are amazing.
September 2022 Participant

“I just cant stop saying thank you. Everything about the entire retreat experience has felt so valuable and rich. I feel very privileged to have experienced this and will cherish the memory. Priceless stuff.”
September 2022 Participant

“Thank you so much for this wonderful, powerful and empowering retreat. It has been bliss. I am leaving rested, restored, lighter and free. Everything has been brilliant including the delicious food. Nanpantan is shining with everyone’s tender care, I feel blessed to have spent time here.”
September 2022 Participant

“The retreat was blissful. I know how important it is to use the reset button, pause and recalibrate in the deep stillness.”
September 2022 Participant

“The retreat was the best gift I could ever have given myself. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this experience would change my life but it really has. Marion you are an inspiration. Your words and your wisdom will stay with me for ever.”

Sharon – March 2022 Participant

“I cannot thank you enough for this retreat. As a young 27 year old, this was amazing. I loved the food, enjoyed all the activities, everything was spectacular! I have left with so much knowledge, and love.”

Ami – March 2022 Participant

“The retreat was fantastic, I’ve been looking for a doorway to the path for a long time and I found it here.”

March 2022 Participant

“I am in awe at what happened on the retreat for me, I have found a depth of stillness in myself and a resilience I didn’t know was possible. Thank you Marion and your team for what you bring to this experience. I know my life has changed and I will never forget what happened here for me.”

March 2022 Participant

“Book me on all the retreats that are coming up! 🙂  “

March 2022 Participant

“It was such a fantastic retreat and I haven’t stopped raving about it to anyone who will listen! I didn’t know what to expect and I never would have thought this would be the outcome – it’s truly amazing. I am very keen to join future retreats.”

June 21 Retreat Participant

“I have been telling everyone how amazing the experience was, they look at me like I’m crazy when I talk about the energy of the meditation sessions and how we were all connected without saying a word. I hope I can join you and your team again in the future as it is definitely a moment I will never forget.”

Thomas Ballie – June 21 Retreat Participant

“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.”

Caroline Sullivan

“Silence and Stillness as a group, facilitated and led by Marion was a profound and nurturing experience.”

Alison Taylor-Reed

“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.”

J C

“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

“I have just got back from a four day silent retreat! It was the most amazing, liberating, eye opening thing I have ever done! Spending the time with yourself, in your thoughts, consciously eating food, appreciating nature and pausing from ‘life’ was definitely nourishment for the soul!”

Katy E


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Walking the labyrinth

 

Sound bath

Healing sound bath


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
  • Enjoy the warmth of a cosy log fire
  • Help yourself to refreshments throughout the day

And you can choose from a variety of optional activities…

  • 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 led by Marion
  • 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


Half completed mandala design

Mandala colouring

 

Retreat art room

Dedicated art room

 

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Beautiful countryside walks

 


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.”

Marion Young


“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


 

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Retreat room

 

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silent retreat bedroom

 


A chance for some tech-free time

To reap the full benefits of being in silence, it is essential that you disconnect from all technology, including your phone, for the duration of the retreat.

On arrival we will ask that you turn off your phone, place it in a sealed envelope, and we will keep it in a safe place with our emergency contact phone so that it is readily available day or night. You will be able to give your loved ones the 24 hour emergency contact number to use if needed. This has become our tried and tested policy and works extremely well.

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.

IMPORTANT: Please do not attend this retreat unless you can commit to this request.


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.”

Lourdes Rey

“The phrase ‘Silence is Golden’ truly came to life on the weekend retreat. I would recommend this to anyone.”

Nico Kichenbrand

“It was very different from previous silent retreats I have been on, it was a very deep and special experience.”

L P

“It is the greatest gift you can give to yourself, to come with Marion and her team into the depths of silence. There is healing, there is insight, wisdom and love, all arising from within. Marion and her team hold the space so beautifully. It is a profound life gift.”

Laura McEvoy – 2019 retreat participant

“It was such a fantastic retreat and I haven’t stopped raving about it to anyone who will listen!”

June 2021 participant

“A heart warming grounding, blissful experience. Watching people leave their worries behind was wonderful.”

2018 participant


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Your facilitators

Marion and her team; Martin Young, Jan Collis and Earl Talbot 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 Young

Marion Young

Marion has over 30 years’ experience as a therapist, meditation and group facilitator. She is passionate about the benefits of silence and stillness, and of following the natural rhythms of rest and action.

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.


Martin Young

Martin Young
Martin’s background is in Learning & Development. Having spent many years managing and growing the training department for an AIM listed technology company, he has also spent time as a freelance management development consultant.

With a life-long interest in personal development, his own journey has included extensive reading and reflection, a counselling qualification, and attending a number of Journey events (including ‘Journey Man’), and exploring how men can support each other in a conscious way.

Since 2007, Martin has combined his freelance web design business with supporting Marion on all her retreats. As well as a facilitator on this silent retreat, Martin will be creating and overseeing the art room.


Jan Collis

Jan Collis Silent Retreat facilitator
From working in education while her children were young, to later being a company director in the construction industry, Jan’s life was profoundly changed when she met Marion over twenty years ago. This led her to the work of Brandon Bays ‘The Journey’, and in 2010 she completed her training as a Journey Practitioner and then as an NLP practitioner.

Supporting others has been at the core of everything she does, and Jan continues her private therapy practice, personal development and training, deepening her connection to the silence and the wonder that can be found there.

With extensive experience in supporting others to access this presence in themselves, Jan is now an integral part of the team on many of Marion’s events.


Earl Talbot

Earl Talbot Silent Retreat facilitator
Earl has long experience in the corporate world as a Sales Professional in the Technology Sector and as a Management Consultant. He co-facilitated his first Vision Quest retreat in Sedona, Arizona, in 2002 and has been coaching and mentoring people ever since, focusing on personal development and resilience.

As a Certified Trainer of NLP, Earl combines his keen interest in ancient wisdom from indigenous cultures and new technologies (NLP) to facilitate ‘Finding the Guru Within’ retreats in Thailand and resilience workshops in the UK, all designed to empower individuals.

In recent years Earl has had the pleasure of co-facilitating transformational ‘Vision Retreat’ weekends with Marion and Jan in the UK.


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


5 day silent retreat 2020 venue sunset in the garden


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.”

2019 participant

“It was very calming to have the time and space to go deep within and tap into my own inner wisdom.”

Christine Earles

“A wonderful opportunity to find stillness and restoration in a beautiful location.”

Deb

“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.”

Linda

“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.”

Louise Sheridan

“A profound simplicity of silence in a beautiful setting, it enabled a deeper awareness of my being.”

Melony

All Inclusive Price

Book your place on the 4 Night Silent Retreat 2024…

Prices include exclusive use of your own room, all meals and refreshments and activities.

All with a maximum of 19 participants, looked after by a team of 4 facilitators.

Depending on room options,
prices range from £1,375 to £1,495

If you have any questions about the retreat, or would like to book a place, please get in touch:

There are a few different options to chose from

Top floor rooms (there is a lift) – all are ensuite with toilet and shower.

Large room £ 1,475
Small room £ 1,425

The first floor rooms have shared (women only) facilities – there are 3 bathrooms and 6 showers & toilets shared between 9 rooms.

Large, spacious room with basin and kingsize bed £ 1,450
Small single room, no basin, £1,350

Reserve your place here…

 

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.