Natural Mindfulness Retreat

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Fri 29Nov
Sun 01Dec

Finding, healing, knowing & releasing your true nature

Facilitator: Ian Banyard

This event is being postponed until the new year. Continue to register your interest and we’ll contact you when we have another date.

Join Ian for an immersive weekend in nature. Rather than doing, you will be encouraged and guided to just be with nature. Ian will prepare and share natural mindfulness experiences designed to help you connect with nature, your true nature and the true nature of others that join you on this beautiful natural gathering. This escape into nature aims to give you space to relax, refresh and reconnect with the more instinctive, intuitive and creative parts of your being.

Event time: Fri 29th Nov 2019 at 6:30pm - Sun 1st Dec 2019 at 4:00pm

This event is being postponed until the new year. Continue to register your interest and we’ll contact you when we have another date.

At a glance

  • Wellbeing weekend for nature lovers
  • Explore Natural Mindfulness
  • Relax, refresh and recharge

What will participants gain

  • Discover a path to a deeper connection with nature and your true nature
  • Develop this connection in a community of like-hearted people
  • You will have the opportunity to empower yourself to transfer Natural Mindfulness into your everyday life

The retreat will start on the evening meal on Friday.  After the meal, there will be an introduction to the weekend retreat followed by a movie about the Healing Forests of India in the sitting room. After which participants are free to settle in and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Hawkwood.


Following breakfast, on Saturday there will be a Natural Mindfulness walk where you will be introduced to the 4 Steps to a deeper connection with nature – PREPARE, EXPERIENCE, CONNECT, SHARE. You will also have an opportunity to practice some simple, yet powerful Natural Mindfulness invitations.


After lunch, we will explore the latest scientific discoveries about the role of nature in improving the health & wellbeing of communities and sharing our intuitions and personal anecdotes associated with the healing power of nature connection.

There will be an optional evening nature walk after dinner before bedtime.


On Sunday we will be getting to know our true nature a little better. Circle time either inside or outside (dependent on nature) plus some guiding exercises designed to commune more clearly with your true nature.


Following lunch, there will be a workshop where participants consider and prepare for transitioning back into their everyday life guided more by their true nature. Ian will help you develop the confidence, motivation, and creativity to make this transition as easy and simple as possible.

The retreat will close with a nature connection gratitude experience and celebration of the journey you will have completed since arriving on Friday.

Please read the following document for practical information and preparation for the course.

Price Options

£300 Residential Single
£250 Residential Shared
£220 Non-Residential


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Practical Information

Walking boots and waterproofs advised.

Please note that prices are listed per person.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches, and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Ian Banyard

Ian Banyard is a Nature Connection Guide and author of Natural Mindfulness – your personal guide to the healing power of nature connection. 20 years ago, he switched paths leaving a successful corporate career as a senior manager, towards a more natural career promoting health & wellbeing. Ian is part of a global movement of ‘Forest Friends’ who include scientists, authors, medical practitioners and other Nature practitioners, who share his passion for reconnecting humanity to nature and their true nature. Five years ago, he launched Cotswold Natural Mindfulness providing health walks, retreats and guide training introducing people to the health benefits of nature connection combined with ‘natural’ mindfulness practice. This year he launched a project Nature Connection World, that connects people seeking a deeper connection with nature and those offering opportunities locally and globally. Ian is also a qualified mental health first aider, corporate wellbeing trainer and coach. He lives in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds with his family.

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“When we connect, we care and when we care we protect and nurture” – Ian Banyard