Mindfulness and compassion retreat 2018

led by international author and teacher Suryacitta Malcolm Smith

15TH – 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018

with Suryacitta Malcolm Smith and Gaynor Quilter


Themes covered during the retreat

During the week there will be teachings and practises on mindfulness and compassion with Suryacitta and Gaynor. It is suitable for complete beginners and those who wish to deepen their practice of mindfulness and compassion.

The retreat will be based on Suryacitta’s first book “Happiness and How it Happens – Finding contentment through mindfulness”.

Suryacitta and Gaynor will cover themes from Suryacitta’s book such as:

  • Opening to your natural goodnessmindfulness retreat italy
  • It’s ok to be afraid
  • Compassion meditation
  • Stirring the porridge – waking up to each moment
    of your life
  • Worry – and how to stop it
  • The wisdom of loneliness
  • Living in the Present

There will be ample opportunity for question and answers and time for discussion. Walking meditation will also be taught and there will be opportunity to practice it in the beautiful forest surrounding Casa Rosa.

You wll also be able to practice mindful swimming in the gorgeous pool.
There will also be other (optional) activities taught on the retreat such as Voice Dialogue and Focusing.

About the instructors

suryacitta2Suryacitta is one of the founders and principal teachers of Mindfulness, and both an author and radio presenter on the practice. He runs retreats and courses in the UK, Europe and Australia, and has written two books on the topic: Happiness and How It Happens: Finding Contentment through Mindfulness (published in 2011), and Mindfulness & Compassion: Embracing Life with Loving-Kindness (published in October 2015).

Beginning his Mindfulness meditation back in 1989, Suryacitta was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 1999, and subsequently spent five years living in a meditation retreat centre, leaving in 2005. Having trained in Mindfulness-based stress reduction, he completed the Mindfulness in Schools Project at Bangor University.

Gaynor Quilter, co-founder of Mindfulness CIC has worked in charities for over 30 years, principally with young people including homeless, parenting and mental health. She was CEO of Alone in London and Apex Works. Gaynor’s interests lie in the alignment between values, culture and behaviours.

Gaynor has been practising mindfulness for over 10 years. She came to the practice after the death of her Mum and found that mindfulness allowed her to stay in her body rather then her head. She found it the most helpful way of experiencing pain and loss. She also uses focusing as a creative process to help her understand her emotional life. Gaynor has a degree from Bradford University and attended mindfulness teacher training at Bangor University.

Requirements for entry

Our Mindfulness Retreats are suitable for complete beginners and those who wish to deepen their practice of mindfulness.

A typical day

Particiants will arrive on Saturday from 3pm, before enjoying a welcome talk, aperitivo and dinner by the pool at 6pm.

Every day on the Casa Rosa Mindfulness Retreat will thereafter begin with a 30 minute guided meditation before a banquet style breakfast.

After a mid morning workshop, the group can take a break, before further meditation and discussion until lunch.

After lunch participants are free to enjoy the surroundings – a walk in the countryside or a dip in the pool, followed by meditation and teaching. Some days there will be the opportunity for a trip into the medieval town of Assisi – until late evening.

Sample itinerary


3.00 – Arrival at Casa Rosa.
6.00 – Welcome talk, aperitivo and dinner by the pool.

Sunday to Friday

7.15 – Rise.
Followed by Meditation, breakfast, free time and teaching
1.00 – Lunch.
Followed by free time, teaching and meditation (walking meditation, mindful swimming and eating)
7.00 – Dinner.
Followed by evening activity
(Some evenings are free for visits to Assisi or other nearby towns)

What is included?

This package includes accommodation, transfers to and from Assisi, all food and drink and all mindfulness teaching.

There will be access at all times to the private pool with beautiful views over the valleys, as well as numerous walks though the woods which are part of the national park of Mount Subasio.

What people say


“A Mindfulness Retreat brought me to Assisi and to Casa Rosa. It is the perfect location. The Apartments and surrounding gardens blend so well with the landscape. Lavender fills the air. The apartments are beautifully furnished with everything that you you would ever need. Lovely bed linen and towels. Wonderful food and wine. Wonderful art. Ella and her family are so gracious, so helpful and so welcoming.
I should mention the pool with a view ~ swimming in the Lavender perfumed air is unforgettable.
So convenient for Assisi and the St Francis pilgrimage.
I hope to visit again.”



“I had a really relaxing and memorable week in this special place called Casa Rosa. The landscape took my breath away with the stunning mountains and lovely olive trees. The garden, the pool area and everything around the Casa Rosa was so breathtakingly beautiful. Ella & Alessandro, the owners, are the most hospitable and warmhearted people ever and truly make the stay there spectacular. Every room in Casa Rosa was like a work of art. The rooms were also very cozy, clean and comfortable and I slept like a baby. And don’t even ask about the food, I could write a love letter to the delicious food I had an opportunity to enjoy while staying there. I’m surely coming back there and recommend this place highly!”



Shared Room
Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat 2018
Two single beds in an apartment with bathroom, kitchen and private terrace
Single Room
Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat 2018
Single room in a shared two or three bedroom apartment with kitchen, bathroom and private terrace.
Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat 2018
A one bedroom apartment. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, living room with kitchen, private terrace

10% OFF group rate, per person in a group of 3 or more registering at one time.

Casa Rosa has six apartments inclusive of ten beautifully restored bedrooms with hand-decorated furniture. Every room is different. All rooms have comfortable beds, a bathroom (some en-suite, some shared) and access to terraces.

reset all fields