The Art of Wellbeing Retreat

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October 19th ‑ 24th, 2018
Sarum College, Salisbury, England, UK

Tuition: $800 


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Course Description: Four Aspects of Wellbeing

Heart Rhythm Meditation can be used to transform stress. Here are four aspects of wellbeing we will focus on.

The Aspects of Wellbeing
Health Physical health requires your ability to handle stress. HRM increases Vagal Tone so that your digestion, heart and nervous system can remain calm, even under stress.
 Happiness Wellbeing is flexible, adaptable, cooperative, vulnerable, and open. Heart Rhythm Meditation develops these heart qualities as it increases Heart Rate Variability (HRV), the key factor in the new science of stress.
Success Wellbeing requires the ability to succeed at your heart's desire. HRM increases your energy by greatly increasing your Vital Capacity, a medical term for the available energy of your metabolism, and by increasing the oxygenation of your brain and muscles by optimizing your CO2 levels.
In order to know what you can do, and should do, you need to assess your inner condition accurately. HRM brings you in touch with your inner signals and helps you align your intention with your purpose in life.


The Art of Wellbeing is to develop all four of these aspects of wholeness.

Retreat Leaders: Puran & Susanna Bair


Susanna and Puran Bair are the creators of Heart Rhythm Meditation and the authors of three books, including the spiritual classic, “Living From The Heart” (Random House, 1998).

In 1988, Susanna and Puran founded iamHeart, the Institute for Applied Meditation on the Heart, and later established The University of the Heart. They have worked with leading researchers to measure the effects of meditation on heart rhythm, brain waves, light emission, and electromagnetism, demonstrating mastery of both transcendent and heart-centered meditation techniques.

Susanna and Puran have been honored to receive the Alyce and Elmer Green Award for Innovation from the International Society for Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM), whose past recipients include Dr. Delores Krieger, Dr. Norman Shealy, and Joseph Chilton Pierce.

Retreat Center: Location Details

The retreat will be held at Sarum College, Salisbury Cathedral Close.

The costs of the rooms/ lodging at Sarum College will be 
£392.50 per person for a double/ twin room 
£450 for a single ensuite room

Retreatants will pay Sarum college on arrival at the retreat.

To secure your lodging, please contact local organizer Penny Charles at Penny.Charles (AT) .

TUITION FEES to be paid when you register with iamHeart (click the link on this page!)


More Info: What is the relationship between stress and wellbeing?

Stress is inevitable.  During this retreat we will explore the body's unconscious responses to stress and apply specific meditation practices to harvest  the fruit of this unconscious wisdom. Stress actually adds energy to our system if we learn how to use it.  Through building our nervous system's capacity to handle stress, we can bring ourselves into better balance and experience more of the Health, Happiness, Success, and Self-Awareness that we long for. 

During The Art of Wellbeing Retreat You Will Discover: 

The Physiological Response to Stress

♡ Neuroception and the Unconscious Mind: We Can't Think Our Way Through Stress

♡ The Vagus Nerve:  Connection to Heart Rate Variability

♡ The Four Main Stress Responses: What Happens in the Body, Heart, and Spirit

♡ Guided Meditation to Change Your Relationship to Stress

The "Tend and Befriend" Response and the "Surrender" Response

♡ The Parasympathetic Nervous System

♡ Practices to Harness the Wisdom of Surrender

♡ Guided Meditation to Expand and Illuminate Surrender: Connection to Spirit

♡ Seeking Community in Times of Turmoil

♡ Practices for Creativity and Connection

♡ Guided Meditation for Interpersonal Wellbeing: Become the Heart of Humanity

"Rise to the Challenge" Response and the "Fight or Flight" Response

♡ Fight or Flight: Impact on Work, Health, and Relationships

♡ The Sympathetic Nervous System

♡ Guided Meditation and Sound Practices for Fight or Flight: Grounding Your Power

♡ The Hope of Success: Meet the Challenge of Your Stress

♡ Guided Meditation to Meet the Challenge: Ignite and Express Your Purpose

Empower Your Stress Response for Health and Wellbeing


♡ Which Element Breath to Choose

♡ Self-Awareness, Success, Happiness, and Health

♡ Guided Meditation Practices to Take into Your Daily Life

Daily Routine

Each day begins with an hour's guided meditation.

After breakfast, a presentation on the science of wellbeing is integrated with meditation practices done in the whole group together, in pairs, and individually.

After lunch there is a two-hour break for resting, walking, shopping, and socializing.

Yoga and movement sessions are offered optionally at 3 PM.

The afternoon session features meditations with vocalized sound, a speciality of our school, to energize the heart and other energy centers in the body.    A tea break brings balance to the intensity of this work.

After dinner, the evening program of about an hour, is light and fun, or profound and sacred.

Retreat Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your enrollment in a retreat up to two weeks prior to the start date of a retreat, you will receive a refund of your full payment, including tuition and lodging costs, minus a $100 administrative fee. If you cancel your enrollment 8-14 days prior to the start date of a retreat, you will be charged 50% of the retreat lodging costs, and receive a full refund of retreat tuition costs. If we are able to assign your room to someone else, you will only be charged a $100 administrative fee. If you cancel your enrollment 7 days or less prior to the start date of a retreat, you will not receive any refund on your lodging costs, and receive a 50% refund of retreat tuition costs. If iamHeart cancels a retreat for any reason, you will receive a full refund. We understand that issues arise, and we appreciate your thoughtful advance notice of any retreat cancellation.