Keeping it Real
in a Frantic World
Gelong Thubten & Rahla Xenopoulos
Tuesday 1st August – Sunday 6thAugust 2023
Arrival 4pm Tuesday - Depart 10am Sunday
Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we invented this concept and now we let it rule us. Ruby Wax, Gelong Thubten & Rahla Xenopoulos will show you how to de-frazzle in a frantic world by making simple changes whilst keeping it real!
A message from Ruby Wax
Thubten, Rahla and I are offering this 5-night retreat because we know that when we feel connected to our bodies and minds, it’s as if we’ve found home.
And when we find home, things like uncertainty and loneliness don’t pack the same punch.
The outside world may be in chaos, but if we know we’ve always got the house of “us” to come back to, we will always have a refuge.
The aim of this retreat is to help you find that refuge, or at least help you build one.
To do that, we have to be fearless, bring dark realities out into the light and accept them. This takes courage and effort, and most people would rather just “have a nice day”.
But we’ve seen what happens when the days stop being so nice. We know we need some kind of safety net so the fall doesn’t kill us.
None of us want to face the unfaceable, but there has to be a baptism of fire if we’re to come out the other end – wise, not broken.
We offer this retreat as a guide to help bulk up our emotional resilience as far as learning to deal with the unknown.
So that when the waves of living feel unswimmable, and we feel we’re going under, there are enough life jackets to go round.
During the retreat, we will offer workshops and tools which support us to get through a day - without thinking we’ve failed, that we didn’t do enough, that we should have or could have ... (well, you know the lyrics).
To remind us that who we are is enough. And that if we can believe that, if we can create a calmer environment inside us, this will impact on what’s outside us, too.
I’m Not as Well as I Thought I Was, from the Number One Bestselling Author Ruby Wax was recently published to rave reviews, including:
"An exceptional account on mental health from a true tour de force. We're all a little messed up in our own ways, but we should all strive to be as fabulously fearless as Ruby"
"If you buy only one book this year, make it this one. Brilliant, heartbreakingly funny and painful: I couldn't put it down"
"Nobody can make the serious funny and the funny serious quite like Ruby. It's why she is so important to the mental-health debate"
"One of the most powerful books of the year"
The Daily Mail
Timings and content subject to change
7.30am – 8.30am
Yoga or a morning walk
8.30am till 9.30am
9.45am – 12.15pm
Workshop with Ruby, Thubten & Rahla
12.30pm – 1.30pm
2pm till 4pm
Workshop with Ruby, Thubten & Rahla
4pm – 6.30pm
Unwind Time / Pool Suite / Individual Therapies / Wellbeing Activities
6.30pm – 8pm
Cushions and back jacks will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Chairs will be available for those who need them.
Drinking water will be provided at Broughton Sanctuary (please bring your own personal water bottles to refill).
From the Royal Shakespeare Company to primetime TV; from a master's degree in mindfulness based cognitive therapy from Oxford University to best-selling author; from interviewing the president who shall not be named as part of her BBC series spanning 25 years, to script editing all series of “Absolutely Fabulous.” And from a mental health campaigner to being awarded an OBE for services to mental health.
In the field of mental health, Ruby's brought support for mental health to a whole new audience discussing complex neurological theory in an accessible and often hilarious way but always with a serious point that we need to reframe the conversation and remove the stigma that mental health illness still carries.
Ruby helps us understand how we can take control of our overstressed and over critical minds which we can't think of as a better foundation for a frantic world.
Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author from the UK. Gelong is a title meaning ‘senior monk’. Thubten was educated at Oxford University, and then became an actor, in London and New York. At the age of 21, tremendous amounts of stress led him to join a monastery and he ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in 1993 at Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.
He has been teaching mindfulness meditation internationally for over 20 years, is a world pioneer in the mindfulness movement and works with major clients such as: Google, LinkedIn, Deloitte, Lloyds Bank, Deutsche Bank, Siemens, Accenture and Clifford Chance.
Rahla Xenopoulos is an author, a mother of triplets and was one of thirty-four South African women profiled in ‘The Power Within Companion’. She gives talks on mental health and empowerment, as well as hosting workshops that focus on health and personal inspiration. Rahla has written for The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Oprah Magazine and her latest book, The Season of Glass was a finalist for the Sunday Times Literary Awards.
In an ideal world Rahla would have a broad mind and a narrow waist but failing the narrow waist she’ll just settle for the broad mind.
About Broughton Sanctuary
Keeping it Real in a Frantic World will be held at the 3000-acre Broughton Sanctuary, situated in the very centre of the UK, in the foothills of The Yorkshire Dales and one of the most picturesque parts of the country. Established in 1097, Broughton Hall has been home to the Tempest family for over 900 years and enjoys a rich history stretching back over the millennium. Surrounding the historic Broughton Hall are formal gardens studded with statues, ponds, parterres and fountains offering a glimpse of 18th century fashion all set against contemporary architecture making the location a truly unique experience. The Broughton Sanctuary is home to one of Britain’s most exciting nature recovery projects, with an extensive tree-planting and rewilding programme. Broughton is a place dedicated to the journey of coming home and rewilding the spirit.
About Avalon Wellbeing
Keeping it Real in a Frantic World will take place in Avalon, the UK’s leading, state-of-the-art wellbeing centre and beating heart of Broughton Sanctuary. This stunning building is based on biophillic (organic) design with sacred geometry and the Fibonacci incorporated throughout. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to experience the unique Pool Suite: a low-chemical swimming pool looking out onto the adjacent woodland, a sauna, a steam room and hydrotherapy pool. There are many places beyond the building itself in the Sanctuary grounds to return to source, from meditation labyrinths, wild swimming reservoirs, a cosmic garden and much more.
You will experience a feeling of ‘blissful seclusion’ yet Broughton Sanctuary and Avalon are well connected in terms of reach:
Leeds Bradford Airport: 40 minutes (24 miles): 40 minutes
Manchester Airport: 1 hour (55 miles)
Liverpool: 1 hour 15 minutes (69 miles)
The nearest train station is Skipton, (a 5-minute drive).
Trains from London Kings Cross are approximately 3 hours (direct and with a single quick change at Leeds).
Driving from London takes between 4-5 hours (traffic dependent).
Broughton Sanctuary, Skipton, Yorkshire, UK, BD23 3AE
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