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Embodied Mindfulness

Over the years, negative patterns of thinking, judgement and criticism, become ‘crystallised’ in the form of contraction and tension in our bodies. Mindfulness is not only the capacity to be present. When infused with kindness it becomes a powerful tool for inner transformation, a way of bringing aliveness, peace and wellbeing to our bodies and our lives.

Interweaving movement practices with mindfulness meditations, we will explore the caring dimension of mindfulness, and the capacity of kindness and compassion to heal and bring harmony to ourselves and in our relationship with others and the world.

These retreats will take place at the Barn Retreat Centre, with superb views over the River Dart. They include full board with delicious home-cooked vegetarian food. Click here for directions.

Ramiro Ortega

Ramiro Ortega

Ramiro has practised mindfulness for over 15 years, and Insight Meditation since 2005.

He teaches mindfulness retreats at Sharpham House and The Barn Retreat Centre, as well as 8-week courses for the public.

Ramiro trained to teach mindfulness with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.


Jess Stein

Jess Stein

Jess was introduced to mindfulness through a yoga practice and the work of zen monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. She has been a member of Wake Up London, a mindfulness and social action group based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh since 2012. As part of the facilitation team she has offered weekly mindfulness sessions as well as participating in and organising ‘flash mobs’ and outreach projects. She became a coordinator at the Barn Retreat in April 2015 where she has been continually inspired by the power of mindfulness to transform our relationship with ourselves and the world around us.


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