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ON RETREATS

This new 6 session “next steps” course will be led by Julia Wallond.  It will be an opportunity for those with a meditation practice to develop it further with the support of teachings from the insight meditation tradition. Beginners are also welcome.

Why do we practice? What can this path offer? Where do I get stuck in practice, and what might help? How can these practices and path support my flourishing and become more integrated into what is important to me in life? How might they help me belong more fully and yet move more freely in the world?

The themes for the course will include

·      affirming and reaffirming our own individual reasons for interest in meditation practice and the Buddhist path.

·      the power and subtlety of intention

·      working with body and breath energies

·      learning from the wisdom of the body

·      cultivating the heart

·      ethics as joyful practice

·      ‘interbeing’ and the power of community.

The sessions are also likely to include opportunities for pair work and there will be invitations to take the explorations into your own practice at home and a small amount of reading to supplement your learning if you wish.

However there is also an openness for the course to develop in response to the needs of the participants, and to some extent it is likely to co-evolve as we go along.

Weeks 1, 3, 4 and 6 will be small group sessions in parallel with the Bristol Insight Tuesday night sitting group, that meet in the same building.

Weeks 2 (April 17th) and 5 (May 15th) will be joint evenings with the sitting group and offer the opportunity to deepen the exploration of some of the themes we will be exploring in the small group.

 

Practicalities

Dates, venue and cost

The course dates are April 10th, 17th and 24th and then May 8th, 15th and 22nd.

The venue is the Central Quaker Meeting House, Champion Square, Bristol BS2 8BE

Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm

The cost is:

Open hand: £40. (This fee is an act of generosity enabling those to attend who cannot afford the unwaged fee.)

Standard: £30

Unwaged: £15

Some further concessionary places may be available, please talk to Julia about these.

Dana: In keeping with Buddhist tradition we are invited to express our gratitude for the teaching by offering donations (Dana). We will explain more about this on the course.

Please contact Julia if you would like any further information.

 

To book

Please book online through Brown Paper Tickets.

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Julia Wallond

Julia has been meditating regularly since 2005, mainly with Gaia house teachers, and was a founding trustee at Bristol Insight. She is currently a student in the Bodhi College Teacher Training Programme, and teaches with her local community meditation group in Machynlleth, Wales. She enjoys exploring dharma in everyday life and particularly how it can support us in engaging with the climate and social crises of our times.