Below is a list of upcoming retreats and other events. Some are regular events and you will see the next session below. At the bottom of the page you can view details of past Teacher-led retreats.
Nature meditation in the time of covid.
Fancy practising outdoors? Do you want to sit with others face-to-face and stay safe? Are you missing connection with nature and other practitioners? We might have a solution for you! Bristol Insight Meditation is offering a morning of nature meditation in a privately owned wood about 6 miles outside Bristol beyond Abbots Leigh Cont…..
Tuesday evening sitting group
Please note we have replaced our meetings at the Quaker Meeting House with an online Tuesday sitting group. Please see our Supporting our Sangha Online page for further details and the Zoom link.
Self-led day retreats
Please note that our monthly Self-led Retreats now meet online using the Zoom platform. For further information of this month’s retreat including the Zoom link please visit our Supporting our Sangha online page.
Stretching the heart -liberating the heart
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. Cont…….
The power and art of slowing down with Ramiro Ortega
In this silent retreat day, we will explore the potential of slowing down. In a world and time that praise quickness and busyness, we need more than ever to develop the capacity to pause and slow down, instead of letting ourselves being “carried away” Cont…..
Past retreats - 2020
Sangha Walk – Goblin Combe, Cleeve – Saturday 8 th February
Goblin Combe is a lovely green wooded valley in North Somerset which stretches from Redhill near Bristol Airport through to Cleeve . The combe is a 128 acre Site of Special Scientific Interest and over 30 species of butterflies have been recorded here. Cont……..
Contented and easily satisfied with Venerable Canda
The ennobling quality of contentment is a direct antidote to the cause of suffering: restless desire.
Whilst the winds of wanting blow us from past to future, always promising happiness someplace else, contentment enables the mind to linger with loving appreciation in this moment; within this imperfect body and mind. Cont…..
Focusing and Insight meditation have in common a willingness to sit with one’s experience from a place of presence, acceptance, warmth and curiosity. If you’d like to attend a meeting please contact Gordon to book a place.
Sangha Walk – Nympsfield, Owlpen & Uley Bury Hillfort – Sunday 15th March
The next Bristol Insight Sangha walk will be in Gloucestershire, when we will be exploring the Owlpen Valley and Uley Bury Hillfort. This will be the third time I’ve led this walk – the first being in May 2014 and latterly in October 2017. I thought it would be nice to do it again! Cont……
Practising wisdom and compassion in turbulent times with Chris Cullen
THIS RETREAT IS NOW CANCELLED. If you have already booked our Administrator will be contacting you. We are offering an on-line alternative with Chris using Zoom. For further details see our Updates page.
Gratitude and Joy – an online meditation morning with Jenny Wilks
Saturday May 9th 2020 10am – 12.00 via Zoom
Even in unusually difficult times – we might say especially in such times – the practice and experience of appreciative joy, including gratitude for our own blessings and good qualities and delight in those of others, is deeply supportive of our ability to respond with resilience and compassion to the challenges of our lives. Cont……..
Sangha Walk in Leigh Woods
In this circular walk, we will head across to Paradise Bottom where there are pools and an arboretum, and then head down to the River Avon and walk for a bit along the riverside track between Bristol and Pill before heading back up through the woods and back to the car park Cont………
Bristol Insight Meditation Annual General Meeting – Celebrating our Sangha
You are all warmly invited to join us for our Annual General meeting (AGM) to celebrate and acknowledge what our sangha has meant to us in supporting our practice through 2019. As part of the Tuesday night Sitting Group by Zoom Cont…..