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There are many ways to conceive of “Heart”. In the Buddhist teachings it is often referred to as “Citta”, the “Heart-Mind” that resonates, is sensitive, responsive and malleable; it is also that which can be liberated. Attending to Heart-Mind we may discover its innate capacity for wisdom, kindness and compassion, its yearning to attend to, hold and address what is difficult … as well as what is beautiful. And at times our Heart-Mind is asked to stretch in the face of all kinds of challenges, both personal and collective. How might we live life if we dared to really honour and follow the deepest wisdom of our Heart-Mind?

During our day together we will explore the Heart’s capacity to open in ways that nourish and empower, that bring forth compassion and a sense of joyful duty.

There will be alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions and guided meditations and reflections.

Kirsten Kratz

Kirsten Kratz has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. She started teaching in 2006. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time; she supports those on personal retreat in Gaia House. Kirsten is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement: DANCE and in one of the guiding teacher of ‘freely given retreats’ (

How to Book

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