Resilience in The Age of Burnout

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Fri 25Oct
Sun 27Oct

A Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Retreat

Facilitator: Dr Lucy Chan & Ethan Pollock

Whether you’re recovering from a period of stress, or you’re showing signs of burnout, now is the time to pause, and learn tools to rest and build resilience. This mindfulness and self-compassion weekend will support you in moving through life with more ease, grounded-ness, and well-being.

Earlybird places now sold out – standard priced places now available.


If you would like to share a bedroom, please contact Cathy direct on 01453 759 034 or email

Event time: Fri 25th Oct 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 27th Oct 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Discover how the practices of mindfulness, self-compassion and nature connection can resource ourselves
  • Creative workshops to identify how and why we drive ourselves to burnout
  • Learn how to transform unhelpful habit patterns, whilst still staying engaged with our place in the world
  • Explore how to harness the energy of fierce compassion to express and maintain healthy boundaries (and say no!) from a place of care
  • An opportunity to express embodied rest through gentle movement, time in nature, periods of silence and deep rest practices.

Participants will Gain

  • Practices to ease stress, overwhelm and fatigue and to bring our nervous systems back into balance
  • An understanding of behaviours and beliefs that are driving burnout, and how to meet and transform them
  • Ways to express needs and healthy boundaries
  • Space to slow down, rest and connect with nature
  • Periods of quiet to attune inwards, as well as times to connect with likeminded people

“If you are looking for the chance to pause and reflect on your life, in a friendly, inclusive, safe environment, then you’ve come to the right place.” – Previous Participant 


The Shape of The Retreat

During this retreat we will explore the practices of mindfulness and self-compassion to resource ourselves during times of stress or challenge. We’ll be looking deeper into personal habit patterns that drive us towards burnout, whilst building self-agency to make choices, and hold boundaries, to ensure we maintain our well-being. Rest is an act of resistance, and we will explore the value and richness of spaciousness, as a way to reconnect to ourselves.

Symptoms of burnout can range from emotional and mood changes, to physical manifestations such as headaches and insomnia, to utter exhaustion. This weekend will be a way to take care of our bodies and nervous systems, whilst providing ways we can nurture our resilience.


Lucy Chan, one of the facilitators on this retreat, gave this TEDx talk about the need for cultivating fierce compassion; a quality we'll be exploring for ourselves over the course of the weekend.


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

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

Additional Activities

• Mindful walking through our woodland trails
• Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
• Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
• Discover surrounding charming market towns


“I left feeling better in myself and more spacious, thanks to the gentle guidance and compassion of Lucy and Ethan and being in the company of a lovely group of people.”
“Through exercises, self exploration, listening and contemplating, I felt I’d taken a huge stride on my journey through this challenging, wonderful, messy and beautiful journey of life on our planet.”
“Their words and support have stayed with me and continue to give me the encouragement to continue moving along this new and sometimes daunting path.”

Price Options

£314 Earlybird Non-Residential
£374 Earlybird Residential Shared
£416 Earlybird Residential Single
£370 Non-Residential
£440 Residential Shared
£490 Residential Single


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Non-Residential Deposit
£ 150.00
10 available
Residential Single Deposit
£ 150.00
10 available

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Practical Information

Arrivals from 4pm with afternoon tea. Course starts with a welcome meeting at 5.30pm followed by dinner. Please bring a notebook and pen. Some elements will be led outside so please bring suitable clothing and shoes.

Dr Lucy Chan

Lucy is a teacher of mindfulness, compassion, and Buddhist meditation who leads retreats and courses worldwide. She is a senior certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, having trained directly under the internationally renowned pioneers of this field; Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. As a practising doctor in the NHS for over a decade, she understands the importance of integrating mindfulness practices as a way to keep balance in everyday life. Her passions include helping people engage with self-compassion practices as a way to build inner resilience, and supporting the caregivers of society. Her work exploring ways to overcome burnout has been published in the National Press, and her TEDx talk on Fierce Compassion is featured on the TED website.

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Ethan Pollock

Ethan has been facilitating mindfulness groups and retreats for over a decade. He spent five years training at Plum Village with the internationally-recognised mindfulness teacher & Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He is a qualified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and co-director of the non-profit Mindful Living Community. He facilitates and teaches around the UK and internationally.

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