The Art of Deep Listening – Summer Silent Retreat, UK


July 31st – August 6th 2017 – Carmarthen, Wales


In deep listening, we may become aware of what we call our conditioning, our habitually unconscious or semi-conscious reactions toward each other and the situations around us. In this deep listening we may discern the palpable difference between just being here as we are, openly attentive, and the state of entanglement in a web of fantasy. Can we simply be present to what appears as sound, feeling and thinking in the midst of open silence, here and now?

These longer retreats are an opportunity to go deeper with Francis in silence, contemplation and enquiry.

The daily schedule includes periods of meditation and Satsang and time for personal reflection. Outside of the Satsang, where questions may be asked, the retreat will be held in silence.

“The practices themselves were simple and powerful. The retreat seemed filled with a subtle Presence that reverberated through us all.  I became more aware of this Presence within myself, others and the world.  Though I had not spoken to the others, I felt a close bond with them which strengthened the sense of unity within consciousness.  Doubtless this retreat had a profound impact on me and I will certainly attend future retreats with Francis to learn from the simple Presence that shines through him so clearly.”  Jack O

Venue: The Halliwell Centre, Carmarthen, Wales 


The Halliwell Centre forms part of the University of Wales, a spacious campus surrounded by greenery, providing accommodation for courses and groups during the summer break. The retreat sessions will take place in a part of the campus set aside exclusively for the retreat and where the need for silence will be fully respected.

The retreat begins on Monday 31st July at 6pm and ends after lunch on Sunday 6th August. The retreat is open to a maximum of 36 participants


1) Single en-suite

2) Single with shared facilities (numbers limited)

Food: Caters for all needs, including special diets


*Option 1) £600

*Option 2) £550

The retreat fee is inclusive of Francis’ fee, accommodation for 6 nights, all meals and refreshments.

Non-refundable deposit: £150 –  Full Balance payable by July 2nd. ** 
**Please note: No refund will be given on the full balance after this date, except in exceptional circumstances.

If you are having difficulty paying the full fee by 2nd July, please contact Mike to discuss payment options:

Bursary: By donating an extra amount (between £20-£50 ) on top of the fee, you would help provide a bursary to enable someone on a low income to attend the retreat.

*Whilst we are not able to offer significant reductions on the retreat fee, in certain circumstances we will consider a reduction/small bursary to help with your fee. If you would like to attend the retreat and cannot afford the full amount please email Jane to discuss your needs.


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Getting there…    

Halliwell Centre
University of Wales
Trinity Saint David
SA31 3EP

The nearest train station is Carmarthen. Trains, departing from London Paddington, take just over 4 hours. Cheaper fares may be booked a month in advance, otherwise the full price is £82 return.

There is a Mega bus from London Victoria Coach Station taking 5 and a half hours. Cost and tickets available 2 months before journey, depending when booked, between £15-£30 return.

The Halliwell Centre is a 10/15 minute walk from the station or a short taxi ride

Travelling from abroad…  Cardiff is the nearest airport, taking 2 hrs 36 mins to get to Carmarthen, but this would depend on which country to are travelling from. We have been advised by the Centre that it is best to fly into London or Birmingham airports and take the train to Carmarthen.




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