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 email@example.com.
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 Dharma Seed. 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
This month’s talk is given by Christiane Wolf and is called Shame, Self-compassion and the Body (57 mins). It was given at her retreat Finding Freedom in the Body at The Spirit Rock Meditation Center in September 2018. Awareness of the body can bring up strong emotions, like shame. Compassion and self-compassion are antidotes to shame.
“Shame is one of the most difficult feelings to be with. Even though it is a widely shared experience it often leaves us feeling isolated. Christiane talks in a lively and insightful way about this, disclosing her own experiences around her body image. She describes how body awareness and self-compassion offer a route through shame. This talk leads nicely on from last months on the inner critic.”
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.