On the first Saturday of every month
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?
From 10am to 5pm – please arrived promptly, ready to be settled by 10:15am – on the first Saturday of every month. For 2020, that means:
January 4th, February 1st, March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd, June 6th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th, December 5th
A donation of £15 waged or £7 unwaged towards the costs of the day. Thanks to Gift Aid, waged donors who provide consent can boost their donation by 25%.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Your email address won’t be used for anything else.
December’s talk is called The Spirit of Play in Dharma: Enjoying Your Meditation Practice: 56:24
and was given by Oren Jay Sofer (2018-07-19). As a Zen teacher of mine used to say, “Life… very serious joke.” Things can get really heavy sometimes – in life, and in contemplative practice. This talk explores the importance of finding some levity and enjoyment in our formal spiritual practice through the lens of play. Enjoy! Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley : IMCB Regular Talks
David say’s “Most of us have a strong work ethic. Society supports this. We may find we unknowingly apply this attitude to our meditation practice. Oren indicates how a quality of joyful play can be at the heart of our practice. A great way to welcome the Christmas season!”
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 .