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The true luxury of a luxury mindfulness retreat

When I tell people that I run retreats at the Michelin starred Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa near Bath, most people immediately focus on the luxury: and yes, these are five star luxury surroundings, no doubt about it. However one of the most important luxuries is the fact that retreats here are limited to fewer…

Mindfulness in the midst of cancer: life and death

When you have cancer, you think about living and dying. One of my primary reasons for wanting to survive was to avoid upsetting those around me, which although admirable is a little odd, don’t you think? To desire my own survival primarily for the sake of not wanting to upset other people seemed somehow rather…

Mindfulness in the midst of cancer : stopping

One of the interesting things about having cancer is that it forced me to stop. Really stop. This also gave me the biggest gift of all: the experience of being in some strange kind of free-fall. I had to let go of all that had defined me before. This meant no teaching, individual consultations, retreats…