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You are welcome to the Self-Led retreat at the Friends Meeting House, Bristol. The drop-in retreat continues its popular format with periods silent sitting and walking meditation. Payment for the day is in cash or by an online bank transfer (preferred). No booking is required.

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 10.15 am. You will then have 15 minutes to settle in before the retreat starts. The retreat finishes at 5.00 pm.


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 get more involved?

Would you like to get more involved? You can join a small friendly team that helps organise the retreats. The commitment is light, and we welcome new volunteers. Find out more by dropping me an email or having a chat at the retreat: David Ringsell

Can I find out more?

Please email David Ringsell at  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

2022-02-17 25 instructions and meditation: mindfulness of thinking 60:20

Gil Fronsdal

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Understanding how we’re relating to our thinking, and learning how to not be bothered by our thoughts

Auckland Insight Meditation :  Cultivation and Insight

David says:

Meditation instructions can seem to discourage thinking. But can we step back from the content of our thoughts. And observe the process. What is the relationship between our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations? Gil explores these important issues.

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 .