Apply for free places on Breathing Space retreats
Breathing Space is funded by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to provide some free places on two-day Breathing Space retreats for people living on a low income in Tower Hamlets.

To be eligible for a free place you need to be:

Resident in Tower Hamlets
Unemployed, on benefits or low income
Adult, aged 18 and over

Able to take part in monitoring and evaluation

About the retreat

If you are new to Mindfulness Based Approaches, these retreats are an excellent introduction to meditation as a tool to help prevent relapse into depression and manage stress. If you have already done a Breathing Space course, the retreats can help you learn in a more intensive way the practices and techniques you learnt on your course - helping you to stay well.

These retreats are held at our beautiful retreat centre in the Suffolk countryside. They are for two days and two nights. There will be a balanced programme of activities including: led meditation - like the ones you learnt on your course; group discussions; walks in the countryside; as well as time to relax and meet new people, or get to know people from your course or other Breathing Space courses.

We will provide transport to and from our retreat centre. The retreat centre is in a very quiet part of rural Suffolk, surrounded by gently rolling countryside. Accommodation is in shared rooms. The retreat centre has pleasant gardens, a pond and a purpose built meditation hall. All the rooms are centrally heated. All the food on the retreat is vegetarian and cooked by the retreat team cook fresh on site.

What will we be expecting from you?

The retreat will include a well balanced programme of activities - and there will be nothing too strenuous for you to do. However, to get the most out of mindfulness practice, you will need to feel able to interact and engage with the material on the retreat. So the retreat will not be suitable for you if you are currently feeling significantly depressed. So if you don't feel up to attending just now, you might want to go on our waiting list for the next retreat we run, or let us know when you feel well enough to attend. Please also make sure you read the information about monitoring and evaluation towards the end of this application form.

How to apply

You can fill in an online application form here - scroll down this page. The information which you provide on this form will be seen by the teachers on your course, the Breathing Space Director and Manager in order to help us maintain and improve the quality of the courses and to help us secure funding for assisted places. It will also be seen by the monitoring officer who will record some of your answers for statistical purposes for our funders. It will not be possible to identify you by name in those statistics.

If you need help completing the form or if you have any questions, call us on 02087099986 and ask for a member of the Breathing Space team, or email

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