Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
About the Retreat
A key part of the Buddhist path is developing and cultivating the sure heart’s release. We’ll look at cultivating different expressions of love, and working with what gets in the way. This path of awakening leads us towards the wisdom of how to more fully inhabit our lives and how to belong and claim our rightful place in the world. As our understanding of what gets in the way of patient kindness deepens, we naturally learn how to care for our whole selves, and how to live life with a wiser and undefended heart. An undefended heart does not mean being totally undefended and open to any attacks that may happen, rather it's about learning to trust our ability to be strong enough to deal with whatever happens with kindness. Protective love (like a fierce tiger) is as equally valued and important as sweet open connection. Having clear boundaries in life gives us the option to say "Yes" when we mean "Yes" and also to give a clear "No" when needed. A clear "No" can support a clear "Yes" and help a part of us relax.
Exploring classical and contemporary teachings of Insight Meditation (Vipassana), this retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators. There will be ongoing opportunities to ask questions and receive individual meditation guidance. Daily there will be group meditation instructions, guided meditations, talks, walking & sitting meditation and a movement/exercise. 7-day retreat participants will be given times for 1-1 interviews with the teacher where you can explore on a more private and personalised level, what is happening for you. Some things are harder to share on a group :)
Do I have to sit on a cushion?
No, you can sit in a chair.
Do I have to do the yoga?
There is a daily guided yoga session in the schedule but no you don't have to do it. We do encourage you to do some form of exercise daily.
Can I read and journal during the retreat?
Reading is not encouraged at all. Journaling we suggest you keep it to 10 minutes a day.
Can I start later than the advertised time?
We expect everyone to attend the first session on Friday 28th August where you will be taken through how the online retreat will work and who you can contact if you have any technical or personal issues.