Annual Gathering and Yoga Connection weekend 2019

We are very pleased to announce our intention that the next Annual Gathering connection event will be the weekend of  27th and 28th of April 2019.

Pencil the date into your diary and book your space now!

The Saturday will be a day of mindful movement led by Helen Stephenson and the Sunday will have a similar format to this year, with the formal business of the group before lunch, followed by a Connection Event (a Practice and Networking opportunity) led by Rebecca Crane in the afternoon.


The weekend will be held at the Oblate Retreat Centre, Wistaston Hall, 89 Broughton Lane, Crewe CW2 8JS, United Kingdom.  There is overnight accommodation available at the centre. See weekend package details below.

Saturday – Mindful Movement Day

The mindful movement Saturday (10:00 – 16:30) is led by Helen Stephenson, who has spent a life time dedicated to the practice and study of yoga, Pilates, mindfulness, meditation and counselling.

Helen has been teaching yoga at Gaia House for over ten years.  She is a level 3 mindfulness teacher and is qualified as a trainer of mindfulness teachers.

Helen is part of the team at Mindfulness:MK


Sunday morning group meeting

The formal business of the group will be 10:00-12:00 and is chaired by Per Norrgren, Chair of FoB committee.

The agenda for the meeting will be formalised nearer the date.

The Annual Gathering is the opportunity for members to engage with the committee, make their voices heard and be involved in shaping the future of the group.

May we respectfully remind you that the group meeting is for member-only participation.  Non-members are welcome to be silent spectators and do not have voting rights.

Sunday afternoon Connection Event

The Connection Event is facilitated by Rebecca Crane, director of the CMRP.

The afternoon (from 13:00 to 16:30) will provide an opportunity for silent personal practice with the gentle guidance of Becca Crane.  This event is offered in the same spirit as all mindfulness-based approaches with the intention to co-create our time together.  We will offer a forum for reflection on issues that were live for you during the practice periods, and opportunities for connection with your co-participants.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event and hope you will accept our invitation to come with an open mind and a willingness to connect with other Friends of Bangor members.

It is advisable to dress in loose, warm, clothing that is comfortable for lying, sitting and movement, being particularly careful to ensure you are not restricted in your waist area. Please bring your foam mat / blanket for doing work lying on the floor as well as blanket to cover you for warmth. We shall be using chairs for group discussions, and you may choose to sit on these to meditate if you find it more comfortable.  If you prefer, you can bring firm cushions for sitting meditation, or a meditation stool if you have one.


There is a small charge to members for attending the event weekend to help meet the costs of the venue and lunch.

Saturday Mindful Movements day with Helen:  Members £30   Non-Members £70

Sunday morning group meeting with Per Norrgren:  Free

Sunday afternoon Connection event with Becca:  Members £15   Non-Members £40

*each day includes buffet lunch and break facilities

Full Weekend stay including two days attendance fee, overnight accommodation and full board (inclusive of Saturday evening meal) limited availability at the Oblat Centre.  Members from £95 and non-members from £170

NOTE:  for the Full Weekend Stay, email with your requirements ( twin room sharing, double room sharing)  NOTE: A FEW SINGLE ROOMS STILL AWAILABLE.

Register for this event here:  REGISTER

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