Date(s) - 29 Dec 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
29th, 30th and 31st December, from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm each day
N.B This retreat can be booked for the full three days, two days or a single day retreat.
The Buddha teaches that everything we need for awakening is right here in our body and mind. To be aware of our internal experiences and care for them with the love and compassion they deserve is not always easy, yet an important factor on our path to true happiness. On this 3-day retreat we will embark on a journey into our inner world. Together, step by step, we will deepen our awareness of bodily sensations, thoughts and emotions and learn how to relate to them skilfully to ease suffering.
Ven. Candā will gently guide us in meeting our moment-to-moment experience with a sense of letting go, kindness and non-harm. We will learn to understand what makes the mind peaceful and how every experience can be used to gain insight and cultivate the good in ourselves. Through developing kindness and friendship towards all that arises – and passes away – we will increase our ability to be aware of this body and mind process, to understand its true nature and to guide ourselves in the direction of wholesomeness, freedom and peace.
The retreat will consist of daily Dhamma reflections, guided meditations and an opportunity for Q&A. You will also be guided in walking, eating and resting (!) meditation, and will have space for your own quiet reflection in the early mornings and evenings. On the last day of the retreat there will be an opportunity to share New Year aspirations and meet with each other in small groups.
The rough outline of the retreat is as follows:
[07:30 – 08:00 am Optional silent group meditation, days 2 & 3]
09:30 – 10:45 am Dhamma reflection & Guided meditation
10:45 – 11:15 am Walking meditation & Instruction
11:15 – 01:30 pm Cooking, eating, resting meditation
01:30 – 02:30 pm Dhamma reflection & Guided meditation
02:30 – 03:00 pm Walking meditation
03:15 – 03:30 pm Silent group meditation
03:30 – 04:15 pm Tea Break and Q&A / sharing
04:15 – 04:30 pm Loving Kindness meditation