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We are delighted that the Self-Led retreat has returned to its Friends Meeting House, Bristol venue for 2021. The retreat continues its popular format with periods sitting and walking meditation. Payment for the day is in cash or by an online bank transfer.

A monthly opportunity to spend a day cultivating spaciousness and stillness in silence, away from the bustle of everyday life, made all the more powerful and nourishing through the shared experience of a friendly group setting.
Who’s it for?

These self-led retreats are suitable for anyone with basic meditation experience. This could be from attending a group retreat, for example, or an eight-week mindfulness course. Although Insight Meditation is rooted in Buddhism, all traditions and backgrounds, both spiritual and secular, are very welcome.

What’s the format?

The day is silent and based around alternating 45-minute periods of sitting and walking meditation with no teacher or guidance. There’s also a carefully curated recorded dharma talk to listen to, a shared lunch and, at the end of the retreat, a chance to break silence and discuss the day’s experiences as a group.

Where is it?

In the light and airy surroundings of the Quaker Meeting House , 300 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 8PD. An oasis of calm amid the busyness of Bristol. The group has sole use of the entire meeting house, including a wonderful enclosed and secluded garden.

When is it?

On the first Saturday of every month. The front door to the Meeting House opens at 10.00 am. You will then have 15 minutes to settle in before the retreat starts.

For 2021, the remaining dates are: December 4th.


A donation of £20 waged or £7.50 unwaged towards the costs of the day. Payment for the day is in cash or by an online bank transfer. For bank transfer details, please contact

What should I bring?

Please bring a vegan or vegetarian contribution to our shared lunch and whatever else you need to feel comfortable. For example, a mat, cushion, meditation stool, blanket or thick socks. There are plenty of chairs to use.

Can I find out more?

Please call Max Beseke on 07581 127734 or email David Ringsell at Both are happy to answer any questions. The group sends a monthly reminder email with the upcoming retreat date and details of the talk. If you’d like to be added to the distribution list, please email Your email address won’t be used for anything else.

Retreat talks

December talk:

2017-06-08 The Wisdom of Nature Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:46

Mark Coleman

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Nature is a perennial teacher. This talk explores the natural wisdom and insight that arises when we spend time outdoors with mindful awareness.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center :  Natural Liberation

David says:

Dharma translates to Natural Law. Meditating outdoors offers many ways to deepen our practice. We can observe the cycles of birth, change and death. The natural world can inspire awe and wonder. At the end of this recorded talk there are some questions from the audience. As the sound quality is not great at this point, you may like to spend the last 15 minutes meditating in the garden.





To listen to this talk click on the audio image.


Recorded talks archive

Explore and listen to an archive of the dharma talks played at the monthly self-led retreats since 2016 by clicking anywhere on the picture below .