Celebrating Joy and Gratitude at Christmas

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21 December 2019 - 28 December 2019

Leader: Clive Holmes and Wendy Turnbull

Cost Information: See below

Course outline

There is a strong link between gratitude and joy. In this course along with joy, we will learn how to awaken kindness, compassion and a sense of inner calm too.  These are the fundamental ingredients of a healthy attitude. Attitude is more important than events, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. But few of us exercise the muscle of this choice and consequently suffer unnecessarily. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is take charge of our Attitudes. Every moment is an opportunity to wake up from our negativity, assumptions, prejudices and habits. 

Gratitude can be fun too. Not some “heavy duty” thing to add to our to-do list. We will learn how to develop a gratitude diary to go deeper in wisdom and compassion. In the beautiful and peaceful environment of Holy Isle we will slow down and relax at this transformational time of year.

Clive will be assisted by Wendy Turnbull, who will lead daily yoga sessions of slow, simple and gentle movement, focusing on releasing tension and calming the mind. Wendy's approach is suitable for complete beginners and adaptable for individuals’ needs. 

This course is suitable for beginners as well as those who already have a meditation practice.

You are welcome to stay through both Christmas and New Year or to come for one or other of the retreats, which are stand-alone courses. We offer a reduced course fee for those coming for the entire periodHere are the 3 retreat options, along with costs:

  1. Entire period: 21 Dec - 4 Jan: £770 single room, £560 twins each, £448 dorms. Course fee £325
  2. First period over Christmas: 21 Dec - 28 Dec: £385 single room, £280 twins each, £224 dorms. Course fee £200
  3. Second period over New Year: 21 Dec - 4 Jan:  £385 single room, £280 twins each, £224 dorms. Course fee £200


Use the Book Now button - 7 or 14 nights from 21 December or 7 nights from 28 December. A screen will come up with the available accommodation, please select. You will then see a page called Retreat Description Additional Extras. Please select either Christmas and New Year Retreat, Christmas Retreat or New Year Retreat