Want to press pause and rest for a moment – or longer? Sometimes a short break can revitalise our energy and reconnect us with ourselves. Think of the sense of space and ease that one simple mindfulness practice can bring – and imagine what a whole day or weekend could bring. Our retreats are designed to help you to return to your daily life with clarity, resilience and new tools to use.
Our retreats are experiential events that take many different forms – from one-day local mini-breaks to weekend regional getaways or even international retreats.
Retreats are as dynamic or as quiet as you like. We have a range of activities from reflective personal practices to creative workshops, yoga classes, meditation groups and mindful eating experiences. We recommend a post-retreat one on one debriefing with one of our team which we offer at a retreat discounted rate. This is a session that can help integrate the practices that you have learnt into your own lifestyle.
Local 1-Day Retreats
While we await our next weekend retreat in November 2022 (contact us if you would like to be on the waiting list) we will be enjoying a series of 1 Day retreats – please join us.
Numbers for these events are limited so book your place early. Please bring your own lunch with you. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Dhs800 per person
A Day of Self-Compassion
Sunday, 22nd May , 9am – 5 pm
“Going on retreat is a time to cocoon, so that we may emerge ready to return to our lives with a new perspective” Daily OM
Come and join us for a restful retreat day in the peaceful spaciousness of Kirsty’s lovely home in Nad al Sheba 2, Dubai. Beginning at 9am and ending at 5pm, we will enjoy learning and insights into Self Compassion, sharing with each other, practicing awareness and enjoying silence.
The art of practising self-compassion shows us how to move from our defense system to our caregiving system, both of which are designed to keep us safe. Using mindful concepts of kindness, support, safety and care towards ourselves, we learn to recognise the habitual voice of the inner judge and critic, and learn how to compassionately attune to both the inner pain and the need to be heard, held and comforted.
“Listen to the wind,
Listen to the silence,
Listen to your heart,
Native American Proverb
“I had the privilege of attending the Mindful ME retreat held at XVA. I needed some peace and calm and somehow to re-set mind, soul and body; I wasn’t disappointed. The setting for the retreat was a haven of beauty and tranquillity, like a hidden oasis in the middle of a bustling city, especially at the end of a long scorching summer. From the welcome to the goodbye, I felt home surrounded by wonderful kind attentive people, sharing experiences, combining mindful meditation, eating, yoga, qigong, silence, journaling and so much more, as well as listening to words of wisdom that one often needs to revisit. I enjoyed this special time out of time, a quiet mindful time. It was also great to have this opportunity right at your doorstep in Dubai.
Thanks to all of the Mindful ME team for their time and presence.” – Beatrice. XVA Dubai Retreat, September 2017
“I can’t thank you and the team enough for the fantastic event. My life is frantic at the best of times and what with trying to balance work and family I often feel spiritually wrung out. The weekend completely re-set my mind and body and what an incredible group of people I met!” – Kelly, XVA Dubai Retreat, September 2017
“The weekend retreat was a wonderful experience. Meticulously prepared, it nourished the soul and the body. It allowed me some time away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. The balance of wonderful food and physical relief was intertwined with spiritual growth opportunities. A privilege to attend. Thanks everyone who created this.” – Colm, XVA Dubai Retreat, September 2017
“thank you for a lovely weekend – it really was a very interesting and insightful experience Great group of people and I am using the skills we learnt day to day and it has really been eye opening.” – Rebecca, XVA Dubai Retreat, September 2017
“I enjoyed it so much and can still feel changes in me somehow like an inner constant strength which has ‘carried’ me through the whole next week.” – Sabrina, XVA Dubai Retreat, September 2017
“I had the pleasure of attending the first Mindful ME retreat held in April. I was searching for some peace and calm, keeping myself open to whatever came and I wasn’t disappointed. The setting for the retreat was beautiful, nestled in the Al Fahidi area – it was a haven of peace and tranquility; from the rooms to the beautiful food everything was just perfect and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Helen and Cindy put together a wondefrul program combining mindful eating, yoga, crafts, journaling, meditation and so much more. I felt the time was divided so well, we enjoyed quiet time and time making new friends sharing experiences and enjoying listening to Helen’s wisdom on Mindfulness. I came away with a new sense of self, more clarity and definitely much calmer. Thank you to all of the Mindful ME team for their hard work. I will never forget the experience and I look forward to attending more retreats in the near future.” – Kirsty, XVA Dubai Retreat, April 2017
“Thank you for the incredible gifts that you gave me during the weekend. I had so many ‘aha’ moments, so many times when my mind and my heart opened, and the entire time I felt enveloped in love and peace. Truly the most extraordinary experience. I only have to close my eyes, to breathe, and I am on the roof, with love and light washing over me. I cannot thank you enough for this. You are all wonderful, clever, brilliant, funny and just plain lovely people.” – Kelly, XVA Rituals of Self Care Retreat, February 2018
“A massive thank you, to all of you for an amazing weekend retreat! You all clearly put so much thought, effort hard work and organisation into the weekend. All the little touches that you included, hot water bottle, the seeds to be planted, aromatherapy spray, all of these things mean so much and are very gratefully received. When sitting on the rooftop on Saturday afternoon, I felt so at peace, it truly was a lovely experience. As was the chanting when we broke the silence, such an incredibly moving experience when we were all chanting, I think we all felt that. I will message the Hotel separately to thank them for all their efforts. It’s a little gem, so glad you chose it! I enjoyed all of it, truly inspiring!” – Linda, XVA Rituals of Self-Care Retreat, February 2018