Ajahn Brahm’s Kairos Three-Day Residential Retreat: “How To Let Go Without Pushing Away”

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 28 Oct 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
9:00 am - 5:30 pm


Location
Kairos Centre
Mount Angelus Road
London
SW15 4JA
United Kingdom


Kairos Centre is a Christian nuns’ monastery, with an atmosphere naturally conducive to deep inner reflection and peace. We encourage visitors to hold the space as guests with quiet respect. Set in this very special, spiritual place overlooking Richmond Park, this retreat provides a wonderful opportunity to let go into peace, guided by self-proclaimed ‘meditation junkie’ Ajahn Brahm.

 

The retreat consists of silent meditation practice, Dhamma talks, guided meditations, Sutta classes using “The Word of the Buddha,” and Q&A sessions. The schedule will be relaxed and flexible and you will have use of the main hall, lounge and grounds, as well as the beautiful chapel within the building for extra solitude.

 

Twin Bedroom

Residential bookings (with two nights’ accommodation) on this retreat are offered especially for our overseas friends and those travelling from further afield in the UK. Residential guests will receive three cooked vegetarian lunches and two breakfasts, but no evening meals. If you have a medical condition which requires you to eat in the evenings, you are welcome to bring something with you which does not need cooking, such as a flapjack or a sandwich to eat discreetly. Hot drinks will be served three times a day.

 

Shared rooms will be allocated on a same-sex basis and residential retreatants will able to check into their bedrooms at 2pm on 28th October 2019. Guests must check out on the last day of the retreat at 10am, but you can keep your belongings in the foyer (so please travel light!).

 

The retreat starts at 9.00am on Monday 28th October 2019 and ends around 9.30pm that evening. There is an optional early morning sit (or lie in!) on the following days and the retreat ends on Wednesday 30th October at 5.30pm.

 

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

 

Monday 28th October:

 

9am: Arrival and Welcome Tea
9:30am-12:30pm: Meditation and Guidance
12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch break (non-residents are to bring their own lunch)
1:30pm-3:30pm: Meditation and Guidance
3:30pm-4pm: Tea break
4pm-5pm: Word of the Buddha Class
5pm-6pm: Own Meditation
6pm-7pm: Tea break (bring snacks if needed)
7pm-8pm: Group Meditation
8.15pm- 9.30pm: Question and Answer Session.

 

 

Tuesday 29th October:

 

6.15am-7.30am: Morning Chanting and Group Meditation
7.30am-9.30am: Breakfast and Free Time
9:30am-12:30pm: Meditation and Guidance
12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch break (non-residents are to bring their own lunch)
1:30pm-3:30pm: Meditation and Guidance
3:30pm-4pm: Tea break
4pm-5pm: Word of the Buddha Class
5pm-6pm: Own Meditation
6pm-7pm: Tea break (bring snacks if needed)
7pm-8pm: Group Meditation
8.15pm-9.30pm: Question and Answer Session.

 

 

Wednesday 30th October:

 

6.15-7.30am: Morning Chanting and Group Meditation
7.30-9.30am: Breakfast, Free Time and Check Out by 10am
9.30am-12.30pm: Meditation and Guidance
12.30pm-1.30pm: Lunch break (non-residents are to bring their own lunch)
1.30pm-2pm: Group Meditation
2pm-3pm: Word of the Buddha Class
3pm-3:30pm: Tea break
3:30pm-4:30pm: Closing Talk and Metta Meditation
4:30pm-5pm: Discussion on Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project
5pm-5:30pm: Tea and Closing

 

 

The payment is refundable minus £100 BEFORE 1st August 2019.

 

Please note that FROM 1st August no refund will be given, unless someone on our waiting list is able to take your place. If your ticket can be taken by someone else, you will be refunded minus £100.  Whilst we will make every effort to offer your ticket on, we are sorry that this cannot be guaranteed.

 

Please note that costs cover food, lodgings and exclusive hire of the venue, with no fee taken for the invaluable teachings! Organisation is on a volunteer basis which keeps costs low. Ajahn Brahm is kindly coming all the way from Australia to England to help us establish a monastery and there will be opportunity to donate towards that aim at the end of the retreat.

 

If you would like to contribute to sponsoring accommodation for Ajahn Brahm and Ven Canda, please donate here, reference: ‘monastic costs.’

 

We may be able to offer some financial assistance to those of limited means through our bursary fund, collected entirely through the generosity of others.

 

You are welcome to donate to our bursary fund here.

 

 

Costs

 

The total amount for the residential retreat: £270 per person.

 

This includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, hot drinks and exclusive use of the venue facilities.

 

 

All rooms are allocated at our discretion, with consideration given to health and age. In order to support stillness and investigation of ones own inner world, family members, friends and couples are not advised to share a room.

 

 

 

Application Procedure

 

 

Congratulations, you made it here!

 

Next steps:

 

1. Please ensure you have read all the above information carefully first and then fill in the application form below. At this stage you will not be required to make a payment.

 

2. After submitting your application form, you should receive email confirming that we have received your application within a couple of minutes. Please check your junk mail inbox if you do not receive it. If it is not in your junk mail please contact us. We advise you to add our email address, bookings@anukampaproject.org, as a contact to prevent emails from us going into your junk folder. 

 

3. In most cases, we will approve your application within an hour. Once your application is approved, you will be required to settle the full payment to secure your place. Please check your email regularly to make sure you don’t miss it.

 

 

We kindly ask that you do not contact the venue.

 

 

** WAITING LIST IN OPERATION **

 

Bookings

Bookings are closed for this event.