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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.

Dates in 2019

The first Saturday of each month: 5 January,  2 February, 2 March, 6 April, 4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September, 5 October, 2 November, 7 December.


For further information, please contact Max on 07581 127734 or David Ringsell at

Recorded talks

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.

This month’s talk

This month’s talk is given by Susie Harrington and is called Impermanence is a doorway to Freedom. It lasts 57 minutes. The Buddha taught that the recognition of arising and passing away (anicca) is the doorway to freedom. In this talk she explores impermanence and its relationship to dukkha. To let go of our argument with reality – with the way things are, to the nature of changing phenomena, opens to the possibility of ease and freedom:

“All things are impermanent.
They arise, and they pass away.
To live in harmony with this truth
Brings great happiness.”

David, from our group writes: “Even though we all know that everything in life constantly changes, do we really get this? Susie explores how understanding this basic truth can dramatically improve our lives. She is a light hearted speaker who uses personal stories and poems to convey her message. Constant change is all around us, all we need to do is notice it.’

To listen to the talk click on the audio image.

Recorded talks archive

Click anywhere on the picture below to access all the recorded talks we have listened to over the years.