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Mindful Living Christmas Retreat

Tuesday 22nd - Sunday 27th December 2020

At: Brimpts Farm, Dartmoor

Led by Lucy Chan & Ethan Pollock


£615 fully inclusive single ensuite room

£415 fully inclusive shared room


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Do something different this Christmas!

Discover the art of mindful living and allow yourself the time and space to deeply slow down and relax. Escape the usual Christmas madness into the peaceful beauty of Dartmoor and enjoy the company of a supportive group, gently guided by our experienced mindfulness teachers.

​You can expect:

  • Your choice of a single or shared room, with ensuite

  • Small group of 10-13 retreatants

  • Delicious wholesome vegetarian food, we can also cater for vegans, gluten free etc.

  • Experienced leaders who will gently guide you into the practice of mindfulness with guided sitting sessions, mindful walking and periods of silence

  • Free time to relax and unwind, supported by deep relaxation sessions.

  • Optional yoga session

  • Set in the heart of Dartmoor, you will be surrounded by this stunning landscape

  • Supportive periods of silence each evening and early morning, including a day of silence for personal reflection on Christmas Day.

  • Building a sense of community with like-minded people; sharing experiences and tasks, including the making of meals, taking care of the house and working out on the land (weather permitting)


Please note Christmas Day is spent in silence & the focus of the retreat is to encourage peace & contemplation. We regret that this retreat is not suitable for couples.

Gift yourself with this space to learn new tools and practices that empower you to live well in the midst of change and uncertainty. There will be time for self-reflection and personal sharing within a safe and supportive group.

A Typical Day

6.20am – Wake up

6.50am – Movement and Meditation

7.30am –  Household tasks 

8.00am – Breakfast

9.00am – Silence ends, Group meeting

10.00am – Work in nature/ Cooking

12.20pm – Meditation

1pm Lunch

2.30pm – Personal Time

5.00pm – Teaching

6.30pm – Light supper

7.50pm – Meditation

8.30pm – Silence until 9.00am the next day


What do past retreatants say?


Brimpts Farm is nestled in the heart of Dartmoor National Park in Devon.  It has been a Duchy of Cornwall tenant farm since 1307.  It is still a working farm today, but their outbuildings have been converted into a beautiful & comfortable retreat spot.

Our nearest train station is Newton Abbot which is a direct train from London Paddington.

We will arrange a taxi pick up service on arrival day.

"It is impossible for any brochure to describe what a beautiful spot it is.  We were quite overwhelmed.

Lovely staff and comfortable accommodation. Everything we needed and wanted".  - Claire F





















5 Night Residential Retreat

£615 single ensuite room

£415 shared ensuite room


Deposit £150, full payment due at least 6 weeks prior to event

Our bursary places for this retreat have now been filled.

Arrival- between 2 - 4.30pm

Departure - 11am






Any questions or queries?

please be in touch:


"Lucy & Ethan communicate a warm and nurturing ethos – they were very wise and impressed me with their discernment, clarity, humanity and wisdom. "

Chris G


"Lucy and Ethan were exceptional. Their calm and openness set a perfect tone for the group and our time together. I couldn’t have asked for more.


It’s hard to sum up how transformative the retreat has been for me."


Anne M.



"I loved the sense of community created by the participants and held by the awesome facilitators. So grateful to Lucy and Ethan for their generosity of spirit and humour."


"Ethan and Lucy were a joy!

Fabulous retreat!"

Claire L.

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Lucy Chan

Lucy is a mindfulness and self-compassion teacher who has delivered over fifty retreats in the past few years.


Mindfulness and self-compassion practices helped her meet the challenges of working as a medical doctor for over a decade, and her passion is now to help others incorporate these practices into their lives.


She is part of a nationally acclaimed team delivering mindfulness for burnout retreats, and has been trained directly by the internationally renowned psychologists Chris Germer and Kristen Neff.

One of her retreatants shared ‘Lucy’s presence and compassion was transforming and her meditations were some of the most powerful & nourishing that I’ve experienced.’


Ethan Pollock

Ethan has been facilitating mindfulness groups and retreats for over a decade. He currently also teaches mindfulness and Buddhism at the nationally acclaimed Sharpham Trust, and local meditation groups around the UK.


He was one of the founding members of Wake Up London, a still thriving community of young meditators (aged 18-35). He spent five years training at Plum Village with the internationally recognised mindfulness teacher & Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The balance of work and meditation in the monastery led to a deeply integrated practice; he still treasures the insights of joy, awakening and community life.


His teaching helps people touch more calm and ease in their everyday lives by bringing awareness and appreciation to simple daily activities, retreatants especially love his guided meditations!