living from the heart

Join us to explore the skills and principles of Mindful Communication. Learn how to live with greater warmth, authenticity and integrity. How to stay in touch with your needs and values in turbulent and tricky times. How to increase confidence and compassion in your interactions with yourself and others.

The structure of the day will allow time for meditation, group learning, reflection, and enjoyment of the magical surroundings: 50 acres of ancient wood and moorland. There will be also opportunities to work on the building and land for those who want to support our wider vision for Alfoxton Park.

Led by Jayaraja and Jenny Owen, the retreat is suitable for anyone from complete beginner to experienced in NVC, or even an FBI hostage negotiator. 

“Even after 51 years together as a couple, still helped to improve our communication"

- Francesca and Mark



Jayaraja has been teaching meditation and mindfulness for over 25 years. He has a diploma in Gestalt psychotherapy and trained in Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg. He is the co-author of two books on play and community building and two books on communication for teenagers. He has trained in Restorative Circles and has studied neuroscience, developmental psychology and trauma. He has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 1993.

Jenny Owen

Jenny is a qualified teacher of philosophy, and her years of experience inspiring teenagers with the beauty of ideas and possibility infuses her understanding of mindful communication. Her intelligence, humour and subtlety of mind are blended with a natural warmth and empathy which enables her to model the principles in her teaching. Jenny is director of MESH, a mediation charity based in Sheffield, and a mediator and conflict coach with over a decade of training in and practice of the skills of Mindful Communication.

3rd - 9th September

Some initial investigatory forays into the realm of mindful communication may help you to get even more learning from the retreat. 'Non-Violent Communication' by Marshall Rosenberg, and YouTube talks by Marshall or Jayaraja are a good starting point.

Travel, Accommodation, Food


The nearest railway stations are Bridgewater and Taunton, around 1h45 mins from London. We can provide transport from these stations to the site.

Our postcode is TA5 1SG but doesn't work exactly in the satnav. Use grid reference 51.165187, -3.220080 .

Our 'What 3 words' are: marsh.admiringly.muted


This is a camping retreat. Bring a tent or live-in vehicle. Toilets, showers and a sauna are available.


Delicious vegan meals will be provided throughout the retreat.


Alfoxton House is a charity and works on the principle of 'dana' or 'gift' economy. Read more about Dana here.

A £75 deposit will secure your place. Pay your deposit here.

Any Questions?

Check out FAQ page or send us an e-mail at alfoxtonevents@gmail.com