These popular, well-supported day retreats are based sitting and walking meditation. 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.
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).
Horfield Quaker Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 8PD.
10am – 5pm (please arrive promptly, to be settled to begin by 10:15am).
£17 per participant (£8 concessions) payable on the day.
Participants are welcome to book their place in advance or turn up on the day.
The first Saturday of each month: 6 January, 3 February, 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June, 7 July, 4 August, 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December.
For further information, please contact Max on 07581 127734 or David Ringsell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The recorded dharma talk that we listen on the Self Led Day Retreats enriches the day and stimulates reflection and deepening of our practice. If you cannot make the day, we thought you might like to listen to the talk (click on the icon below). The talks are provided through an organisation called Dharmaseed. While they are free of charge we are invited to express our gratitude for the recorded teachings by offering donations (Dana). The tradition of Dana in Buddhism is an acknowledgement of our interconnectedness and interdependence. Details on how to give Dana can be found at www. dharmseed.org/donation
This month’s talk
During our past retreats people often report sleepiness and an over busy mind. Are these obstacles to true meditation? Or can we appreciate their real value and function. By simply noticing what is happening we can relax these energies.
This month’s/October’s talk is given by Pat Coffey and is called Challenging our energies: our organism loving itself. Pat writes: Survival warrants the arising of certain energies. They are not our enemies. If we treat them as such we are continuing the internal warfare and struggle. By seeing energies like lust, fear, hatred, worry, sleepiness and doubt as our organism loving itself we elicit self-compassion and understanding….the perfect healing energies and perspective to then move forward into greater ease and connection with all life. It was given at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC’s 2014 Spring retreat: Intimacy with life and lasts 60:12 mins.
Recorded talks archive
Click anywhere on the picture below to access all the recorded talks we have listened to over the years.