The Natural World and the Natural Mind

Sitting Out Practice

07 October 2023 - 14 October 2023


Cost Information: £420 single room, £308 each in a twin, £238 dorm. Full board and lodging costs.

Course fee £310, payable directly to Alistair, details below.

Course outline

The natural world & the natural mind

For almost 20 years Alistair has been leading meditation retreats on the beautiful Scottish Holy Isle off the coast of Arran. This year he's doing something different there.  

After discovering the power of 'sitting out' practice, Alistair is leading a radical practice week for people who have done a fair amount of meditation and are looking to 'cut to the chase'. 

Sitting out practice involves staying still in a 2m x 2m spot out in nature for longer and longer spells. We start with an hour or two and build up to one big sit at the end of the retreat. You don't have to sit still, but you are encouraged to be in nature for a long time with minimal distractions. No phones, no conversations, not many options: just opening more and more deeply to the miracle of your human mind. 

"Sitting for a long time out in the natural world is like a revelation", Alistair says, "You're not doing anything in particular, but gradually - within the framework of the practice - the mind becomes more and more obvious. And by the end, I felt transparent..."

Doing this practice in the potent landscape of Holy Island and held within the supportive cradle of fellow retreaters promises to be a unique chance to experience the mind in its natural state. 

Further information and bookings

You can make inquiries and register your place on the retreat through Alistair's Mindsprings website

Once you have made your booking with Alistair, please book your accommodation on Holy Isle, which you pay for on arrival. Use the Book Now button in the sidebar - 7 nights from 7th October 2023. A screen will come up with the available accommodation, please select. You will then see a page called Additional ExtrasPlease select The Natural World and the Natural Mind