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Many of our in-person events have now been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. However we are gradually re-establishing some in-person events as the coronavirus restrictions gradually ease. Please keep an eye on this page on our website for the latest notifications from Bristol Insight. Things are unfolding rapidly and the well-being of our sangha and the wider community are our principle concern. At this time we aspire to act according to the principles of the dharma with non-harming, kindness, compassion and equanimity. Where our regular in-person events are cancelled we will aim to offer online alternatives where possible to maintain our sense of community and mutual support.

Tuesday Sitting Group

We are offering an online Tuesday sitting group using Zoom.

If you wish to participate in these online sessions then please email for the Zoom link.

The session will open at 7:00pm for a social and the meditation starts at 7:30pm.

We have a meditation session of about 40 minutes followed by a short break. Then in the second half we will have our Cultivation of Practice sessions. This part of the Tuesday evening sitting group invites us to engage in a variety of activities that aim to deepen our practice in the company of others. These activities may include movement, reflection, discussion, mindful sharing in pairs or in small groups. You can find our present activities by clicking on the link below.

Cultivating our Practice Jan- Mar 2021

All are welcome.

Our next online teacher-led retreat
Power Mindfulness – An online day retreat with Venerable Canda

Sat, March 20, 2021

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM 

Mindfulness has many benefits to our health and wellbeing. Looking at mindfulness in the context of the Buddha’s teachings, opens up the path to experiencing its full power and how it awakens our potential as human beings.

The mind becomes empowered through letting it settle in stillness. This day retreat will show how to truly rest our mind and explore mindfulness at a deeper level. Ven. Candā will teach how to overcome the hindrances that prevent our active mind from calming down and how we can redirect our energy to supercharge our innate wisdom and sense of happiness.

The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma reflections and an opportunity for Q&A.

Venerable Canda  began meditating in 1996 with S.N. Goenka and intensively in India for many years. In 2006 she ordained in Burma as a Buddhist nun and in 2012 went to Australia to learn under the guidance of Ajahn Brahm and take full ‘bhikkhuni’ ordination.

Ven Canda’s teachings emphasize kindness and letting go as a way to deepen samadhi (stillness) and pave the path to wisdom. Her style is warm, engaging and richly informed by the pragmatism and compassion of the early Buddhist texts.

In 2016 Ven Canda founded Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project with Ajahn Brahm – a UK charity aimed at establishing a Forest Monastery in the UK (


Onine via Zoom

The day is run by Bristol Insight Meditation group from 9.30-3.30 . You can join as from 9.15 to have a bit of time to settle in before we start at 9.30am.

The sessions will run from 9.30 – 11am and then from 1.30 – 3.30am

Booking is £10 waged and £5 unwaged (plus booking fee).

Donations are welcome at and will support Ven Canda’s monastic needs and help her save toward a monastery.

You can book on Eventbrite here

We do hope you can attend this day

The Teacher-Led Retreat Team


Nature Meditation: SUNDAY 21st February 2021 1-4pm

Would you like to meditate round the fire with others? Interested in practising in a beautiful outdoor setting? Despite the winter weather, a keen group of Bristol Insight Meditation practitioners are meeting monthly in nearby woods – and loving it!

We carry out sitting, walking and nature-based practices for about 3 hours in some really special woods about 6 miles from Bristol. There is sufficient space to keep 2 metres apart at all times. Even better, the woods have several large covered areas, so the event will go ahead regardless of the weather. The facilities also include easy car parking and even a compost loo! You will need to bring water, whatever you need to practice (e.g. stool, blanket), something comfortable to sit on and wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Places will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost per person is £7 to cover the woods hire and firewood. For further information and directions to the site, please contact Lesley Wye on

The next scheduled date for nature meditation is Sunday 21 February 1-4. We will only be going ahead if the government lifts lockdown and we go back into the tier system. Future nature meditation sessions will be planned from March onwards. Eventually we will be able to meet up again! If you would like to try nature meditation, get in touch with Lesley and she will put you on the list.


Bristol Insight Virtual Self-led Retreat  Saturday 6th March10.00am-17.00pm

Up until now, we have run the virtual self-led retreat in the same format as the in-person retreats. We’re aware that this doesn’t work for everyone and that it can be difficult to devote most of a day to meditation when there are others in your home. We now offer the option of a full day or half day (morning or afternoon) retreat with a check-in and out at either end. Here’s how it will work:

10 – 10.30 am – Introduction to the day

10.30 – 12 – sitting and walking practice

12 – 1pm – listen to the recorded talk (see details below)

1pm – brief goodbyes and review of the morning for anyone leaving at this point


1.45pm – check-in and welcome to anyone joining for the afternoon

2pm – 4.15pm – sitting and walking practice

4.15 – 5pm – end of day sharing

People are, of course, free to spend the practice parts of the day any way they choose, e.g. going for a walk.

David and Caroline, who run the Zoom link, are happy to break the silence to say goodbye to people who leave at the end of the morning and welcome people joining in the afternoon. People would need to let us know in advance if they are planning to join in the afternoon.

Zoom link 

For the Zoom link for the retreat please contact David

Kind Regards



March dharma talk TBC

With loving kindness from the Bristol Insight Self-led Retreat Team.


Chris Cullen’s retreat (21/3/20)

We had our first on-line retreat with Chris Cullen with over 30 participants online. We much appreciate Chris’s heartfelt response to the present unfolding situation and his offerings for practice at this time. You can listen to an audio recording of this online retreat with Chris Cullen here:


Bristol Insight WhatsApp group 

We also have set up a WhatsApp group to help us keep in touch. If you wish to join this group then click on this link Join group


Dharma resources to help us navigate these turbulent times

Zohar and Nathan have recorded some talks and meditations “to help us all respond to coronavirus and it’s effects.”
Coronavirus and the support of the Dharma – Part 1 by Zohar Lavie
Guided meditation: “Coronavirus and the support of the Dharma – Part 2” by Zohar Lavie
Guided metta meditation from Nathan

There’s a good online talk relating to responding to the virus from Jack Kornfield


Gaia House online practice opportunities

While we cannot gather in person, Gaia House will be creatively exploring how we can support and nourish each other. In the coming days and weeks, we will let you know what online practice opportunities we are helping to coordinate.

Online Sitting Group

Our Online Sitting Group meets every Monday, 8-9pm (UK BST).

The schedule for the next few weeks is:

15 February — Laura Bridgman
22 February — Gavin Milne

1 March — Yahel Avigur

This group meets every Monday at 8-9pm, facilitated by Yahel Avigur and guest teachers.

Further details and how to join a meeting can be found here

The group is suitable for all levels of experience, although some familiarity with Buddhist teachings and prior experience of either an evening course or a retreat will be assumed.

You are welcome to join on any dates that suit you, although we ask you to attend for the whole of each meeting.

Click here to find out more and join a meeting.

Gaia House Online Dharma Hall

Gaia House is opening an online Dharma hall: a new space for connection, reflection, and refuge. A place where we can share the Dharma and practice together, supporting us to meet our lives and our world in these times.

Week commencing 8 February

Tuesday, 9 February 7.30 pm — Ella Titman Tamari (CDL)
Wednesday, 10 February 11.00 am — Jaya Rudgard
Thursday, 11 February 11.00 am — Bernat Font (CDL)
Saturday, 13 February 5.00 pm — James Blake (CDL)
Sunday, 14 February 9.30 am — Kirsten Kratz

Week commencing 15 February

Tuesday, 16 February 7.30 pm — Ella Titman Tamari (CDL)
Wednesday, 17 February 11.00 am — Gary Born (CDL)
Thursday, 18 February 11.00 am — Martine Batchelor
Saturday, 20 February 5.00 pm — Katrin Heyde
Sunday, 21 February 9.30 am — Zohar Lavie

May our practice together support the welfare of all beings.

The sessions take place at the same time each week and last between 1 hour 15 mins and 1 hour 30 mins. You can check the web page to see which teachers and Community Dharma Leaders are leading the sessions.

The sessions will be held by Gaia House teachers and Community Dharma Leaders. Each online meeting will include some meditation, an exploration on a theme that connects Dharma practice with the current situation, and some time for interactive sharing with the community online.

We hope this can be a space that supports us all to turn towards what is difficult, and find ways to respond to ourselves, others and the world with compassion and wisdom.

The meetings will be held via the easy to use Zoom platform. To join any of the meetings click here.

Dana is invited both for Gaia House (the ‘General Fund’) and for the teacher running the session. To offer Dana related to this offering, please click here to visit the Gaia House website where you can make a one off donation. Please note that you will need to click on the ‘Add to basket’ button for both the teacher and for Gaia House. To ensure that Teacher Dana reaches the teacher, please specify in the notes section on the checkout page the name of the teacher you are offering to. Thank you for your generosity.

May our practice together support the welfare of all beings.

Retreats this  month and at Gaia House

For a list of retreats at Gaia house in February please click here

Bodhi College

Bodhi college are offering an ongoing series of online talks and practices entitled “Thinking Out Loud: Conversations on Early Buddhism”.


Sangha Live

Sitting Together, Staying Home

These are unique times. Now more than ever people are seeing the value in connection and building communities online. It’s perfectly natural to feel fear and anxiety. Yet, we have a supportive antidote to self-isolation. Every weekday until the COVID-19 lockdown ends we are going to be running live online meditation sessions.


Online offering from Bhante Bodhidhamma

Bhante Bodhidhamma is offering a Lockdown Evening Meditation every evening from 8-9.30pm (BST).

To connect click here


Spreading the Karuna virus

“In the beautiful Karaniya Metta Sutta (on loving kindness), the quality of protecting others from harm (even as a mother would protect her only child) is greatly emphasised. I would therefore gently encourage everyone to keep well informed and take as many value-aligned precautions as personal conditions allow. Let’s learn from other nations and each other, and do our best to collectively spread the Karuna (Compassion) Virus to all beings, instead!” – Venerable Canda