Living Concsiously with the Seasons – Four Modern Meditation day retreats

Join beanddo for a year-long journey exploring how to find wholeness reconnecting with nature living in harmony with the natural world. 

Over four carefully designed modern meditation-based day workshops we will go deep into the seasons and discover how to connect with the natural world. When we connect with nature this way we are fundamentally connecting with ourselves and each other.

“And in that state of communion—if you inquire more deeply—you will find that you are not only in communion with nature, with the world, with everything about you, but also in communion with yourself.

To be in communion with yourself means complete silence so that the mind can be silently in communion with itself about everything. And from there, there is total action. It is only out of emptiness that there is an action that is total and creative.”

In 2023 we are organising four special Modern Meditation based workshops in the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  Each day-long workshop will help you reconnect and align with the rhythms of the natural world and our own natural state of being. We will be connecting deeply with ourselves and the world around us using special Modern Meditation practices along with yogic breathing, visualisation, self-reflection journaling and creative conscious action. We will be diving deep into stillness, flow, insight and joy as we powerfully reflect on and realise our needs and aspirations for the year. 

This is an opportunity to reflect on where you are and where you want to be. To find balance, harmony and growth.

Each workshop will take place on a key date as the Earth moves around the Sun. 

  • •  Spring Equinox – 18 March 2023 – NOW COMPLETE

  • •  Summer Solstice – 17 June 2023 – NOW COMPLETE

  • •  Autumn Equinox – 23 September 2023 – NOW COMPLETE

  • •  Winter Solstice – 16 December 2023 – Just 1 place left

Each day retreat will be a small group and will run 10.00 – 5.00pm 

You can book each workshop separately below. To keep the workshops intimate and centred each session will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants. 

Seasonal snacks and light lunch will be provided, along with all workshop material. 

Costs: £95.00/person/day retreat

Choose your course:

What to bring:

You will join us in our dedicated meditation and yoga space at Ananda Barn with views over the garden and surrounding Mendip hills.  There is limited parking on site but with some parking in the village.

•  Please bring a cushion to sit on and support you as well as blanket. 

•  Bring a notebook and pen

All meditations and guided practices will be done either be lying down (savasana) or upright chairs. There will not be any physical yoga postures. There will also be some guided yogic breathing. 

And finally, bring an open and receptive mind and body and prepare to grow as the world grows too.

All food and snacks will be vegan. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

The Retreats

During 2022 beanddo Modern Meditation Coach Jenny Nuttall has been leading a series of seasonal Modern Meditation based sessions as part of our weekly Monday Morning Modern Meditation sessions. Based on the Celtic wheel of the year combined with yogic insight and Modern Meditation techniques, we will be leading this engaging and insightful session live in-person at Ananda Barn in the heart of the Mendip Hills, Somerset.

Jenny and Mick will be leading each workshop. You can meet them here:

Jenny Nuttal

Jen is landscape architect, playground designer, maker, yoga teacher and meditation coach living in beautiful Somerset, although she says she will always be a northerner at heart! 

You can read about her company here: 

Mick Timpson

Mick is the founder of beanddo, architect, artist, author, yoga and meditation coach. 

You can read more about him here:

Each workshop will be designed according to the four main points on Wheel of the Year and their chief solar events and natural seasonal characteristics.

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OSTARA Spring Equinox Workshop
18 March 2023


LITHA Summer Solstice Workshop
17 June 2023

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MABON Autumn Equinox Workshop
23 September 2023

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YULE Winter Solstice Workshop
16 December 2023

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Workshop 1

OSTARA Spring Equinox

18 March 2023

Workshop 2

LITHA Summer Solstice

17 June 2023

Workshop 3

MABON Autumn Equinox

23 September 2023

Workshop 4

YULE Winter Solstice

16 December 2023

Day retreat structure:

10.00 – 10.30 Introduction

10.30 – 12.30 Session One

12.30 – 13.00 Lunch

13.30 – 14.30 Personal reflection

14.30 – 16.30 Session Two

16.30 – 17.00 Conclusion and departure

If you would like to know more about these special live in-person beanddo Modern Meditation based workshops please get in touch, or to reserve a place please book on the PayPal button.

"I would say that Saturday gave me something to think about but thoughts aren’t facts and we’re trying to “make thoughts disappear”. I dare to say that I managed that feat a few times during the day and it was a rather intoxicating feeling. I want more… My day at Ananda Barn gave me space to consider me. A luxury that doesn’t manifest in everyday life. An opportunity to give my snow globe chance to settle a little so that I can start to take a few glimpses into the resulting clarity. The setting was beautifully presented from the house, to the company, to the village and even the weather (although I’m pretty sure Mick can’t take credit for that). I come away from the day seeking my potential and looking for flow beyond my working life. Can’t wait until the summer solstice."

YULE Day Retreat 4. Winter Solstice – 16 December 2023

Join us at Ananda Barn and rediscover how your link to the Winter Solstice is a deep and meaningful one, reflecting the interconnectedness of the natural world and our inner lives and purpose – there are just three places…

The Winter Solstice represents the longest night and the shortest day of the year. Symbolically, it is a time of darkness, stillness, and inner reflection. Yogic philosophy often emphasizes the importance of turning inward, self-reflection, and personal transformation. The Winter Solstice aligns with these themes, making it an ideal time for introspective practices that promote change, inner growth, and renewal. In this day-long retreat at Ananda Barn, we will explore various meditation, visualisation and breathing techniques combined with exercises and rituals to align ourselves with the energy of the Winter Solstice. Together, we will tap into the stillness of the season and harness its transformative power.

At this final seasonal retreat for 2023 we will:

  1. Renewal and Rebirth: As the Winter Solstice marks the turning point toward longer days and the eventual return of warmth and light, it symbolizes renewal and rebirth. At the retreat we will use this time to set intentions, release old patterns or habits, and invite positive change into our lives through yoga and meditation practices.

  2. Meditation and Contemplation: The longer nights and quieter atmosphere of winter provide an excellent backdrop for extended meditation and contemplation. At the retreat we will take advantage of this stillness to deepen our meditation practice, explore the depths of  consciousness, and gain insights into our inner selves.

  3. Pranayama and Breathwork: Winter Solstice is a time when the natural world seems to hold its breath, and the air is crisp and pure. Practicing pranayama (breath control) during this time can help tap into this unique energy. Breathwork practices can enhance meditation reduce stress, and create a sense of inner peace.

  4. Restorative Yoga: The winter season often calls for practices that prioritize rest and rejuvenation. Restorative yoga, with its gentle and supported postures, aligns well with the need for nurturing and self-care during the cold and dark months. 

  5. Celebrating Light: Many yoga traditions and cultures celebrate the return of light during the Winter Solstice with candlelit or fire ceremonies. We will conclude the day around a glowing fire with hot chocolate, creating a sense of inner warmth and comfort, symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness.

Book your place below. Just 3 places left…

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About Ananda Barn

Designed by beanddo founder Mick Timpson with his wife and beanddo MD Sue Manley, Ananda Barn is their net zero home designed to touch the Earth lightly. The building is made entirely of sustainable timber, insulated by super compressed newspaper, and powered by photovoltaics, air source heat pumps and harvested rainwater. The special meditation space is divided from the house and opens to views across the surrounding Mendip hills. Depending on the weather we can also meditate in the garden.

Make a Weekend of it…

Ananda Barn is located deep in the gently rolling Mendip hills in the heart of West Country. We are just 12 miles from Bath with its Georgian squares and streets, 15 miles from Glastonbury and its new age shops and 16 miles from vibrant Bristol. You can visit Wells Cathedral, with its unique inverted arch, just 8 miles away, while Frome and its amazing street market and shops are just 11 miles. Bruton with its fantastic world class art gallery, Hawser and Wirth is just 14 miles away.

There are plenty of places to stay in the area.

“I remember the tears of joy after our first meditation session, and I knew you had given me something special. Thanks for guiding us all to the bliss Mick. How beautiful!”

Jenny W