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Mindfulness in the Mountains

‘Be in the moment’ in the Lake District...

“I have come to know the closeness to Cumbrian nature that inspired the Romantic poets, such as Wordsworth and Coleridge; the meditative power of simply putting one foot in front of another over the fells; and the cheer carpe diem feeling of losing myself in the moment.” David Atkinson, The Independent, 2015


In today’s world, being busy and stressed can be the norm. Whether you are part of the corporate world, struggling to find a work/ life balance, caring for others, volunteering for a charity or simply having difficulty finding time to fit everything in, you need to give yourself a break.

Escape with us to the beautiful Lake District for a few days and replenish your diminished energy by giving yourself some time to reflect on life and develop some tried and tested coping strategies.

Mindfulness in the Mountains will give you the opportunity to do just that, to really live in the moment without distractions or unnecessary concerns. The core activity will be walking in the fabulous restorative countryside around Buttermere, following some classic Buttermere based routes such as Haystacks and Rannerdale knots.

Some of the walking will be in silence with targeted activities to help you to connect with your surroundings and yourself. There will be time set aside for reflection and, if you are interested, resources to help you to familiarise yourself with techniques and theoretical concepts.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in some gentle yoga and short meditations. These activities will be suitable for both beginners and seasoned practitioners, planned as a generic restorative practice. The yoga practice will also pay attention to those areas of the body that support walking activity, ensuring that you can make the most of both the physical and mental activity.

As Jon Kabut-Zinn observed ‘Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally'. Be prepared to reconnect with yourself and discover the beautiful landscapes of the Lake District.


New Date: Due to high demand for this holiday, we have added a second departure for 3 nights on 11 October

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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  • Accommodation
    Hassness Country House 

    Hassness Country House provides a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere for each and every guest. All our bedrooms have stunning views of the rugged and imposing hillsides across the water. Looking out across the lake on a still and sunny morning from your room is truly a special sight. At Hassness you’ll take a step back from the frantic world beyond the fells.  It’s far enough away yet convenient for the main tourist hubs of Keswick; this is a quieter, less trodden part of the Lake District with dramatic and tranquil scenery. Managers Carole & Brian will make you feel welcome. We know you’ll love it!

    The lounge at Hassness is a delightful place to relax, with a large picture window looking out across the lake. Comfortable and welcoming, it’s a great place to enjoy your own company or that of your fellow guests.

    Accommodation is in very comfortable twin, double and single rooms, all of which have lakeside views.

    For 2017 the facilities are shared but plentiful - there are five modern high powered shower rooms, which cater for a full house of people comfortably. Toiletries are provided together with hairdryers. Towels (both hand & bath) are provided for each guest. Or you could always take a bracing pre-breakfast dip in the lake!

    2017 Room Supplements:
    Sole Occupancy Supplement: £6 per night
    Supplement for a Superior Twin Room: £5 per person per night

    For the 2018 season, following an extensive refurbishment over the preceding winter, Hassness House will reopen with many rooms having been remodelled to include ensuite facilities. Accommodation for 2108 will be in twin, double and single occupancy rooms with seven twin or double rooms having ensuite facilities and the remainder sharing modern bathroom facilities with power showers.

    Hassness House offers a retreat from today’s always connected world. There's no TV, no phones in the rooms, and no mobile reception in this sparsely populated valley of West Cumbria. If you do need to contact the outside world there is a payphone available. There’s no Wi-Fi in the bedrooms, but we do have a Wi-Fi router in the lounge, so if you can’t bear to be completely disconnected during your stay, you can fire up your iPad.

    2018 Room Supplements (per person per night):
    Double room with en suite facilities: £15
    Superior twin with en suite facilities: £15

    2018 Sole Occupancy Supplements (per night):
    Single room with shared facilities: £6
    Twin or Double room with shared facilities: £12
    Superior Twin or Double room with en suite facilities: £35

     

    Meals

    Cooked breakfast, freshly baked cakes in the afternoon and a sumptuous three course evening meal, using local produce where possible, are provided every day (excluding Tuesdays where there is a buffet breakfast and dinner can be taken in one of Buttermere's village pubs). Picnic lunches are included on days including a guided walk.

    Free tea and coffee is available at all times to enjoy in the spacious and comfortable lounge overlooking the lake. Please also feel free to bring your own wine or beer as the guesthouse is not licensed. There's a guests' kitchen with a large guest fridge for storage.  

  • What's Included
    • Accommodation at Hassness Country House.
    • Breakfasts and dinners taken at Hassness Country House (if your stay includes Tuesday night, please note that dinner is not included on Tuesday). 
    • Packed lunches on the walk days.
    • Local transport to and from the trailheads. 
    • Meditation and yoga sessions.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Enjoying the peace and tranquility.
    •  Getting away from it all.
    • The still morning air as the sun rises over the mountain.

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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