Tuesday Evening Sitting Groupphoto of a buddha statue

The sitting group meets every Tuesday evening at the Central Quaker Meeting House, Champion Square, Bristol BS2 9DB.

The Meeting House is within walking distance of the Marlborough Street Bus Station – Walk along Bond Street and turn left into Wellington Road. Buses 8, 9, 43a, 544, 545. Alight at Penn Street or Bond Street. Cross the main road by the footbridge. Parking is available for about 6 cars in the Meeting House forecourt on a first come first serve basis. There is car parking in Cabot Circus which costs £2.00. There is also parking in the side streets nearby behind the meeting house.

The evening runs as follows:
o  45 minutes meditation
o  Tea break
o  Cultivating our practice – a 3-month calendar of sessions based on the interests of our sangha (our community of practice)

Please arrive at 19:15 for a 19:30 sit. Please arrive on time.

We have mats for sitting and the meeting house has a few cushions, you may want to bring your own cushion. Chairs are provided.

Suggested Donation for the evening
£5.00 waged
£3.00 unwaged

Donations of packets of tea and biscuits are invited.

If you would like to talk to someone about coming along please all Jill on 0117 955 1360.

Daytime Sangha Group

This group meets once a month, usually on a Friday, from 10.30am–12.30pm, with the venue for meetings rotating around different members’ homes. The meetings give an additional daytime opportunity to come together in a small group in a spirit of Sangha, and include a period of sitting meditation, a round of sharing, and discussion on any topics of mutual interest arising from the sharing.

See the Bristol Insight newsletter for details of venue for each month. Contact Gordon for further information about this group on 0117 908 0494 or at gordonadam@blueyonder.co.uk

Focusing Group

The group is an open group, where people new to Focusing as well as more experienced Focusers can meet and Focus together. The format consists of an initial introduction round, short group meditation, Focusing demo & question time (when appropriate), Focusing time in 2’s or 3’s, group sharing/questions. Beginners will be given an introduction and demo prior to Focusing.
The group is facilitated by Gordon Adam, a qualified and experienced BFA (British Focusing Association) recognised Focusing Practitioner.

Meetings are once a month on a Sunday morning (usually mid-month) at Chardstock Avenue in Coombe Dingle, near Blaise Castle. The group is limited to a maximum of 12 people (due to available space). Pre-booking is essential and if you’d like to attend please contact Gordon to book a place: gordonadam@blueyonder.co.uk or 07796 087351

For more information about Focusing and our practice group please click here, and for further information about the subject of Focusing see www.focusing.org.uk and Gordon’s article “Focusing & Insight Meditation: an experiential comparison”

“Focusing is a beautiful and meditative approach to psychotherapy. It offers a deep parallel to the practice of mindfulness in a carefully developed and sensitive way.”      Jack Kornfield

Self-Led Retreat Days

These popular, well-supported day retreats are based on Theravada Vipassana (Insight) meditation practice of sitting and walking. The retreats are not led by a teacher and no meditation guidance is given, so they suit participants who are comfortable with a basic meditation practice; for example, as experienced on a group retreat at Gaia House, a teacher-led day retreat in Bristol or an eight-week mindfulness course.

The simple format of a 45-minute sequence of sitting and walking meditation, with a recorded dharma talk, and an opportunity for discussion and sharing at the end of the day, provides grounds for a surprisingly rich day’s practice. The common experience expressed by many who take part, is how a few hours of practice in this way, brings us to a place of spaciousness and stillness as a punctuation in our busy, daily lives.

If you cannot make the retreat, or want to listen to the talk again afterwards, you can find it here.

Although our practice is Buddhist, we welcome participants from other traditions and spiritual backgrounds to join with us in silent practice. The schedule is flexible and is agreed at the beginning of the day to meet participants’ requests.

Please bring a vegetarian contribution to a shared lunch, plus your mat, meditation stool and cushions (chairs are available if you prefer).

Venue: Horfield Quaker Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 8PD.
Time: 10am – 5pm (please arrive promptly, to be settled to begin by 10:15am).
Cost: £15 per participant (£7.50 concessions) payable on the day.
Dates for 2018: the first Saturday of each month: 6 January, 4 February, 4 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June, 7 July, 4 August, 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December.

Participants are welcome to book their place in advance or turn up on the day.

For further information, please contact Max on 07581 127734 or David Ringsell at david@talk-it.biz.

Sangha Walks

The next sangha walk will be published soon.

Walks tend to be on Saturdays or  Sundays about once every month or two (more frequently in spring, summer and autumn), and can be anywhere within about a 40-minute drive of Bristol. We usually meet up at someone’s home prior to the walk to share lifts. The walks vary in length (typically 2-4 hours) and often include a pub or picnic lunch. Part of the walk is usually conducted in silence. Different members of the group lead walks and offers to lead walks are welcome. The sangha walks provide a good opportunity to make social connections with other group members as well as exploring different parts of the local countryside. Please contact gordonadam@blueyonder.co.uk if you would like details of the next walk and /or if you would like to lead one.

Social Events

Different group members occasionally organise other group social activities such as meals, picnics and evenings out.
See the e-newsletter for details.

‘Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a great tree in the midst of them all.’
Achaan Chaa