COVID-19 Health Acknowledgement & Guidance: This retreat will only run if government health advice declares it safe to do so. We will follow strict physical distancing rules, allocate one person per bedroom, and have accessible hygiene facilities all around the retreat. We will go through a COVID-19 health checklist with each person three days before the start of the retreat to ensure everyone is healthy. Full refunds will be given if you become ill or if we have to cancel the retreat due to government health advice.
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. While we do give meditation instructions to the group, we consider it important that there are times for 1-1 interviews with the teachers throughout the day 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 :)
Outside of time for interviews, question and answer periods and group study on the retreat theme, this retreat will be held in noble silence. For beginners, please note that noble silence does not exclude common sense communication in times of emergency or at times when communication is needed to clarify meditation or work period instructions or questions you may have about anything you need to clarify.
There are only single rooms.
Most can be catered for. There is a section the booking form, look there before contacting us. See below to send us an email. Typical types of diets we cater for...
Cushions and sitting mats are provided. Bring your own yoga mat.
Do I have to sit on a cushion?
No, chairs are also provided.
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 arrive later than the advertised time?
No. You create extra work for everyone and we'll be getting off to a really bad start if you do!
We'll be taking all the normal precautions to ensure safe physical distancing. This will give us more than enough space to ensure not only safety, but also to respect the laws of this time. Numbers are restricted for this retreat and there will be no share bedrooms.
Normally we offer a ride-share arrangement where we put those offering a lift in touch with those needing a lift. Due to the Covid restrictions, we feel this is not possible for us to arrange now.
Giving of service or Karma yoga ~ Insight meditation retreats are run on a non-profit basis, so in this way we are able to keep the costs down. Therefore In the same spirit we ask that everyone who comes to our retreats contributes one hour of their time each day towards the running of the retreat. This may be anything from washing up, veggie chopping, cleaning or something else connected with running the retreat. We thank you in advance.