With Robert Gebka and supporting teacher Clare Clements

About the autumn 2-Day Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

When: Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October, 10am – 5pm (arrival at 9.30am)
Where: Bournemouth Westcliff Hotel (formerly Hallmark), 7 Durley Chine Road | Bournemouth | BH2 5JS

This autumn 2-Day (with optional 1-Day) silent mindfulness retreat offers us the wonderful opportunity to take time out from our busy lives and take care of ourselves, expanding and deepening our sense of aliveness, compassion and wellbeing. Join us with other like minded people to nourish our minds and bodies with meditation and some easy to do mindful yoga. This is a non-residential, non-religious retreat, delivered in a gentle Tibetan Buddhist flavour.

The venue makes is possible for people all over Dorset and beyond to attend. Although it is a hotel the venue is quiet and fairly secluded. You have the option of joining either the Saturday or the Sunday or both days. Please note that booking is essential. We ask a donation of £45 per day or £90 for both days in cash on arrival please. The proceeds of this retreat will be also donated to Rinpoche

The type of meditation that we will be practicing is called Awareness of Breath or Ānāpānasati. This type of meditation, in our opinion, is one of the purest and simplest of all meditation practices. It’s intention is to develop one pointed attention on the breath, allowing for our sense inherent inner wisdom to unfold. The retreat is guided by Robert Gebka, a former Zen Buddhist monk, and his partner and supporting mindfulness teacher Clare Clements. More about the teachers further down below.

The graceful retreat was full of relaxation, kindness and investigation into why the mind jumps around from place to place. The message I received during the evening, was to be more present and to view all events in the world without judgement. A wise message and one I hope to use daily. Noel L S

I found the day to be an opportunity to connect with my inner peace and heart centre. It was loving, restoring and cleansing and immensely powerful. Thank you” – Ildiko Scurr.

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It was a beautiful experience and an enjoyable opportunity to practice and be reminded of some of the aspects I have learned already but don’t get to practice regularly. Trudie F

This mindfulness retreat is for you if you wish to:

tickTake time out for self-care and healing.

tickDiscover your true purpose, meaning and happiness.

tickDeepen your connection to awareness wisdom and compassion.

tickLearn how to live in the present moment away from past negative habitual responses.

tickReduce self-judgement and enhance a sense of self appreciation and self compassion.

tickReduce stress, anxiety and depression and enhance your sense of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

tickThe retreat venue has an authentic and relaxing atmosphere with close by stunning rurual views which promises an unforgettable and life enhancing experience.

tickThis retreat is suitable for beginner as well as for those with some previous meditation experience.

Under the auspices of Venerable Ahbay Rinpoche – Our centre Patron

Ahbay RinpocheAlthough Rinpoche will not be there himself in person being the patron of our centre he has blessed this retreat and will be there with us in spirit. Ahbay Rinpoche has a Geshe degree in Buddhist Philosophy, the equivalent of a Ph.D. degree. Lama Ahbay Tulku Jigme Thupten Tendar Rinpoche (full name) was born in Darjeeling/India in 1973. When he was nine years old he was fully initiated into monkhood and the tutor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Khabche Ling Rinpoche gave him the name Thupten Tendar. When he was twelve, His Holiness the Dalai Lama identified him as the reincarnation of the hermit Lama Lobsang Tenzin. Ahbay Rinpoche has become the Patron of the Dorset Mindfulness Centre in March 2017 after delivering a Dharma talk and Medicine Buddha ceremony at the centre in Bournemouth. He has since then offered the Compassion Blessing ceremony and taught a 2-Day retreat with Robert in April this year. Rinpoche is actively engaged in charitable community projects in India that support cultural education of children and the Dorset Mindfulness Centre informally supports this initiative. The proceeds of this retreat will be also donated to Rinpoche


About your mindfulness teachers

The retreat is guided by Robert Gebka and supporting mindfulness teacher Clare Clements. Robert and Clare (an engaged couple) aim to bring a warm, fun and compassionate experience incorporating a balanced blend of the masculine and feminine, allowing for a safe and supported space where you can drop deeper into your own personal meditation practice.


Robert is a student of Ahbay Rinpoche and is Qualified Mindfulness Teacher with the University of California San Diego Centre for Mindfulness. He is former Buddhist monk who lived, worked and trained for five years at the Nan Hua Zen Buddhist monastery before joining the NHS. It is during this time that he was fortunate enough to meet HH the 14th Dalai Lama. He has guided over 50 meditation retreats and attended a number of 3 and 10 day Vipassana retreats himself. He is an accredited psychological counsellor and has completed a two year project in Mindfulness Based Interventions in an NHS psychiatric hospital with a clinical population. He is also the author Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies.(Picture, right: Robert Gebka with Ahbay Rinpoche)

ClClare Web page 1are Clements is a Zen Ways trained Mindfulness meditation teacher. She is also a Reiki master and as a practicing Beauty Therapist with more than 20 years experience. Clare has a deep connection to mindfulness through her natural way of being and has applied this ancient art to her own life through regular practice and self-reflection. Her work is also inspired by Integral Hatha Yoga and yoga meditation. As a mindfulness teacher she guides her students to the simple understanding of just how important it is to be compassionately present in daily life. She has found Meditation and Mindfulness to be completely life changing for her and enjoys sharing this approach with others.

A lovely retreat – timely for me, as I’m well aware the busier I am the more I need to stop and linger in the present moment and be mindfully aware of all it holds. The group, the guided meditation, the brief wander amongst the stars and bright moon, the cold night air on our faces followed by the warmth and welcome indoors to experience the nuances of our tea meditation all brought a delightful sense of balance and harmony. I left for my drive home feeling refreshed, calm and centred. Margaret R – Dorset

Retreat programme & booking form

Zen Meditation
The retreat will include sitting meditation, Zen Tea meditation with music, walking meditation as well as the ancient art of mindful movement with Qi Kung and Yoga.

Click here to view the Autumn Silent 2 Day Meditation Retreat programme

Click here to download the 2 Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat Booking Form

Please fill in the booking form and email it back to us on


Why a silent retreat?

A period of deep silence, also called Noble Silence is observed starting from the start to the end of the retreat. This type of silence is very healing. We allow the silence and the calmness to move through our minds and bodies, letting the collective compassionate energy of the group to flow through us, making it easier to meditate and tune into our own sense of wisdom and compassion. You may however at any time speak to the guiding teacher or his assistants should you need anything or have any questions as we are there to support you.

Click here to read more about the benefits of Noble Silence

Retreat options

tickJoin us for the entire retreat on Saturday and Sunday or just the Saturday or the Sunday. You can either stay overnight at the hotel (accommodation not included) or travel home and come back in the morning.

Please contact Bournemouth Westcliff Hotel (formerly Hallmark), 7 Durley Chine Road | Bournemouth | BH2 5JS for accommodation details.

Retreat dontations – The art of Dāna (giving)

We do not have a strong monastic tradition in the West. Still most Buddhist teachers try to follow the ancient model of generosity as much as it is feasible in this culture. Teachers do not receive any payment from the public. Retreat donations cover only the cost of maintaining the retreat. Teacher support is provided solely by voluntary donations given directly to the teacher by students at the retreat. Many teachers are dependent almost entirely on teaching donations.

Although we do not charge for this retreat we ask that you donate £45 for the day or £90 for both days to help us cover the venue cost and make offering to Ahbey Rinpoche for his charitable work with children in India. Please give with an open heart and mind. Please bring your donations in cash on the day, thank you.

What to bring?

Snacks are provided throughout the day, but please bring your own lunch. Also please bring your own meditations mats or cushions. You may use a chair to sit on for the meditation which will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes.

What not to bring?

If possible please leave your mobile phones at home and give yourself permission to unplug form the hustle and bustle. You will be asked to switch off your phones at the start of the retreat.

For more information please contact Anna

Anna Dorset MindfulnessHello, my name is Anna and I am here to help you in whatever way I can. Whether you have a question about our mindfulness courses or simply want to know whether mindfulness could help you, I will be delighted to be of assistance.

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