Empowerment Weekend: Karios Centre: Richmond Park
1st November 2018
A forgiveness retreat in London
Kairos Centre, Richmond Park, London 1-4 November 2018
Explore the limitless power of forgiveness for good mental health.
We are delighted to host our first annual conference on forgiveness in an amazing setting overlooking Richmond Park.
Enjoy what has been described as a life-changing experience, and the only one of it’s kind in the country. Through the use of Jack Kornfield’s Buddhist psychology and guided meditations, and Dr Enwright’s PhD research on the forgiveness model, we have fused a weekend of mindfulness, theory and social into investigating the impact of conflict and mental health.
The long-lasting effects of anger and resentfulness can prevent us from living a full life; and we can pass this trauma on to families and communities. The American Psychological Society has published on the benefits of the forgiveness model and its implications for mental health.
The Empowerment Weekend is ideal for mental health practitioners, counsellors and psychotherapists and mindfulness teachers to gain a different approach to working with suffering and trauma, and a new working model. But we welcome people who feel drawn to learn and benefit from this opportunity.
The Empowerment Weekend will begin with a sound bath with gongs, which is an energetic loosening and balancing of stored energy in the body. Throughout the weekend there will be meditation, presentations, discussions, reflection, enquiry, understanding and practical sessions defining forgiveness and working through this process. There will time for reflection, walks and rest.
We welcome people from all walks of life wanting to learn and engage with this model, including those who have been dealing with childhood abuse and/or neglect, divorce or other life-changing situations where they have felt that their lives have been impacted or put on hold by a feeling of deadlock and of ‘no alternatives’; and practitioners who would like to learn how to work with this model.
16 hours of CPD certificate !
Day 1 –
4pm Check in
6pm Welcome and introductions
8:30 Gong bath by Lara
9 :00 Observation of silence till after breakfast
Days 2-3 –
7am Bell rings for guided silent meditation
8 am Breakfast
9 am Mindful movement and walking meditation
10am Presentation & discussion: ‘Definition of forgiveness for Black communities’
12am Lunch & free time
2 pm Guided forgiveness meditation and enquiry
3pm Presentation by world delegates and personal accounts of the impact of conflict.
4.30pm Closing ritual and dedication
6pm Supper and free time
8pm Meditation on forgiveness and discussions
9.30pm Poems and stories
10pm Lights out
7am Bell rings for guided forgiveness meditation
After checkout, participants have a choice of a guided walk in Richmond Park.
Also available : New Forest & Richmond Park (2019) retreats with full-board accommodation at:
Furzey Gardens, Minstead – 6-9 October 2017 – (Sold-out) & 5-12 October 2018 or
Thank you for so many letters and comments that have been flooding in. So many of you have ventured onto this path because you don’t want to suffer anymore, or pass this on to your children. You have noticed how much lighter you are and better able to function after the Empowerment Weekend. Some of you are looking after elderly parents and have been able make amends or even let go of terrible tragedies. Forgiveness is definitely for your benefit rather than that of others.
Thank you for becoming part of this movement.
The whole world needs to consider more forgiveness
The forgiveness process – Presenter and founder: William Fley
Forgiveness is the most profound act and process, which is to do with you not the other person . It’s like peeling an onion, layer by layer. Moment by moment , person by person !
First there is a lot of hurt and anger as you begin to explore and revisit the impact zone, and trauma.
Then it can take time to experience the mental and emotional shift, which nearly killed me.
It takes great energy, care and attention to want to change how you see the world and move through the stages of grieving. But I’m through it !
It’s deeper then acceptance, it is more powerful then any thing I’ve tried.
As I moved though forgiving family, and other situations and events . I’m left with forgiving myself and reconstructing meaning into my life. Rebuilding a future which I though I’d never get.
The main benefit I feel is getting to know my self, cherishing life and opening my heart to opportunity.
I think my heart was on lock down for years, like an totally eclipse of the sun ☀️the darkness moved away and I was able to see the light.
Thanks for reading, William
How to book:
Cost is £550 single room,
£350 Double shared
full Residential or
£190 for day tickets
How to book and reserve your space:
Send us an email and we will return a booking form, and pay using paypal (link at bottom of homepage) or send a cheque to Meditation Circle. All instructions are on the booking form.
Please also see our cancellation policy
How to find the venue:
The Kairos Centre is a retreat and conference centre and is available for day visits and overnight stays. The center is an urban oasis in south-west London situated within acres of landscaped gardens and overlooking the historic Richmond Park.
meals : If you have a special l requirement please tell, out meals will all be vegetarian
About the venue
Set in a private area within the grounds house provides the perfect setting for mindfulness and forgiveness retreats. The house and grounds provide a private, tranquil and safe space in a most beautiful location in Richmond park, London.
How to get to the Kairos Centre
The Kairos Centre is located at Mount Angelus Rd, Roehampton, London SW15 4JA. It is just off Danebury Avenue from Roehampton Lane (A306) which runs between Hammersmith Bridge and Kingston Rd (A3). The Kairos Centre is a five minute walk from Roehampton Village. Note: Danebury Ave can only be accessed from Roehampton Lane and not Priory Lane by car.
By road: from Roehampton Lane (A306) , turn off into Danebury Ave and follow the road as it bends to the right. After 300 metres turn left at the mini roundabout into Mount Angelus road and you will see the gate to the Kairos Centre in front of you. There is limited parking inside.
By tube: go to Putney Bridge (Wimbledon District Line) or to Hammersmith station (Circle and Piccadilly lines) and take one of the following buses:
By bus: buses 85, 265, 72 and 493 go to Roehampton Village. The 430 bus goes to Mount Angelus Rd from Roehampton Village.
From Victoria: Victoria Coach mainline or underground station, take bus 170 to Mount Angelus Rd.
From Clapham Junction: bus 170 to Mount Angelus Rd. From Clapham Junction over ground station: take the over ground to Putney High Street. Just out-side the station take the 430 bus which will take you to Mount Angelus Rd.