Retreats

Join a silent meditation retreat with John Butler

Forthcoming retreats:

2021 – December Friday 10 – Monday 13 (3 nights)

We are pleased to offer the last 3 night retreat for 2021 with John at our preferred venue, Cliff College, Calver near Bakewell (subject to government restrictions). We have increased the number of places available and all meals will be provided which increases the cost slightly to £350 for 3 nights. There will also be a supplement if you choose to join the optional visit to the local spa. Please register your interest in the form below and we will email you with availability, travel and payment information. If you have already previously submitted a Retreat Application you do not need to apply again. You will receive an email inviting you to indicate if you wish to join a retreat or send an email to phil@spiritualunfoldment.co.uk.

What they say about the retreats

“I can’t think of a living human being alive in this world that would be more inspirational to meet and connect with than John Butler. I’m blessed to have met him and taken home some of the Light.”
Glenn

“Every moment of this retreat made me feel so much at home and happy, being in a small group contributed to this feeling. I can truly say that this trip was the best treat I have experienced in my entire life. The meditation in the morning and evening also created an experience beyond description. The stillness, the quietness, the trust in God has been an experience that will stay with me forever in spirit. John’s priceless talks were so up lifting even though I listen to him on YouTube, this personal experience of listening was very special and will stay with me forever and will help me in my spiritual  journey in a profound way.”
Bibi

“I enjoyed the guided walks, accommodation and food – the whole experience.”
Christine

“You are all in my heart. I hope your next retreat is just as great and this journey with John and others is as enjoyable.”
Rosie

Accommodation and meetings will take place in the Covid-safe Cliff College near Bakewell. Most single and double bedrooms have en suite bathrooms. You can view the excellent accommodation and facilities of Cliff College here. Full travel details will be sent after your booking application.

The labyrinth in Cliff College grounds

Travel: Nearest airport is Manchester. The nearest train station to Cliff College is Grindleford, 3.8 miles from the College – it’s best to book a taxi from the station to the College in advance if you’re arriving this way. Alternatively, you could get the train to Chesterfield or Sheffield, and take a taxi or use local buses from there. 
Further travel and connection details will be sent to confirmed bookings.

Booking: Please complete the Retreat Application Form below (if you have not previously done so). Enquiries: phil@spiritualunfoldment.co.uk

Payment: once your place has been confirmed payment will be in full via PayPal or major cards online.

Postponement: we fully understand that with the current rapidly changing restrictions on travel and quarantining due to the Coronavirus the retreats may be have to be postponed at short notice or you may need to postpone if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has. In the case of postponement you can carry forward your booking to a future retreat date without penalty. (You should, however, check the terms of your travel tickets if you have to re-arrange the date and consider appropriate insurance).

Cancellation: Cliff College Charges if you need to cancel (other than due to Coronavirus postponement):
8 weeks or less notice – 100% of the total value of the accommodation costs (unless we can find a replacement guest at short notice).
26 – 17 weeks inclusive notice – 50% of the total value of the accommodation costs.
16 – 9 weeks inclusive notice – 75% of the total value of the accommodation costs.

Covid: Cliff College has invested heavily in a ‘Covid-safe’ environment. They require all guests to have proof of a negative test on arrival and ask guests to wear masks in public spaces (although not in meditation or retreat meetings).

Donations: The cost of the retreat is based on seasonal accommodation and meal rates – there is no separate charge for the meditations, after breakfast chats, guided walks or just being with John. You may choose, however, to make a cheerful donation to contribute to the costs of organising the retreats and contributing to a subsidy for those who find it difficult to afford a retreat.

Proposed schedule:
(subject to weather and each group’s preferences)

Day 1 – Arrive (Friday by 3pm to register)
4:00pm: silent meditation with John
7:00pm: evening meal in Chadwick dining room

Day 2 – Saturday
6:00am:  silent meditation with John
8:00am:  breakfast in Chadwick dining room
9:30am:  John joins us for chat after breakfast
12:30pm: guided walk with John in the local countryside (packed lunch)
4:00pm: silent meditation with John
7:00pm: evening meal in Chadwick dining room

Day 3 – Sunday
6:00am:   silent meditation with John
8:00am:   breakfast in Chadwick dining room
9:30am:   John joins us for chat after breakfast
12:30pm: lunch in Chadwick dining room (2 night retreat only – guests leave after lunch)
12:30pm:  walk with John in the local countryside (packed lunch)(3 night retreat only)
4:00pm:  silent meditation with John
7:00pm: evening meal in Chadwick dining room (3 night retreat only)

Day 4 – Leave (Monday)
6:00am:   silent meditation with John
8:00am:   breakfast in Chadwick dining room
9:30am:   John joins us for farewell chat after breakfast
11:00am:  retreat finishes

Retreat application

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