Sitting with the Body

Our annual Summer retreat on Holy Island for beginners

04 July 2020 - 11 July 2020

Leader: Alistair Appleton and Kirsty Davidson

Cost Information: £385 single room, £280 pp twin room, £224 dorm
Retreat fee £250

Course outline


Suitable for practised meditators and complete beginners alike, the 7-day retreat is a chance to visit meditation afresh in the beautiful natural surrounding of this car-free Scottish island, enjoy delicious food and make new friends.  

Meditation practice usually conjures up images of people bolt-upright in full-lotus with beatific smiles. For many of us coming to meditation as beginners, it’s cramping legs, sore backs, busy minds, and needles-and-pins. 

It’s a shame that sitting meditation comes with all these ideas of stillness and perfect poise, because properly inhabited, the sitting body can be a space of enormous joy and fascination. By following the steps of somatic practice – starting with full relaxation and connection to the warmth and support of the Earth – sitting practice is relaxed and open field. Rather than an blank zoned-out space, sitting is full of micro movements, flows of information-rich energy, a growing sense of expansiveness and curiosity about the raw stuff of life. 

This week on Holy Island is building up this somatic form of sitting and offering everyone who comes a vibrant and alive form of this simple practice of “just sitting”. 

For more information and to book and pay the £250 retreat fee: visit the Mindsprings website, or contact Alistair:

Once you have made your booking with Mindsprings, please book your accommodation on Holy Isle, which you pay for on arrival. Use the Book Now button in the sidebar - 7 nights from Saturday 4th July. A screen will come up with the available accommodation, please select. You will then see a page called Additional ExtrasPlease select Sitting with the Body