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 see view details of past Teacher-led retreats.
Tuesday evening sitting group
The sitting group meets every Tuesday evening at the Central Quaker Meeting House, Champion Square, Bristol BS2 9DB. These evenings are a good way to meet others and have a taste of what we have to offer. All are welcome.
Saturday self-led day retreats
These popular, well-supported day retreats are a great way to create spaciousness and stillness in our busy, daily lives. They are based sitting and walking meditation. They are not led by a teacher and no meditation guidance is given, so they suit participants who are comfortable with a basic meditation practice. We also have an archive of all the recorded talks we have listened to. Please go to our Resources page for these.
Sangha Walk – Sea Mills, Blaise Castle, Kingsweston House
The first Bristol Insight sangha walk of 2019 will be a circular walk from Sea Mills station via Blaise Castle and Kingsweston House led by Katie Dick on Saturday 9th February. The walk is a fairly gentle 4-5 miles and will include a stop for lunch either at the Blaise Castle cafe or at … Continued
Equanimity: Dancing with Uncontrollable Life with Stephen Fulder
The last words of the Buddha to his disciples as they gathered to say goodbye included: ‘Be an island to yourself’. This sense of autonomy, quiet and steadiness are certainly needed in times of uncertainty, anxiety, conflict and difficulty. But how can we stay quiet and yet speak our voice and go out and make change in the world?
Ground, body, breath, space – the art of knowing support with Kirsten Kratz
During our day together we will explore creative ways to perceive ground, body, breath, space and gesture as possible resources, as means to support, hold and nourish us in our practice and in life.
The silence of the heart – 3 evenings with Suvaco
We are delighted that Suvaco is willing to make the journey to Bristol for 3 Wednesday evening sessions in the Spring. These evenings will be a wonderful chance to deepen and sustain our practice right on our doorstep. On these evenings we will draw attention to the mystery of the heart, or Citta. The heart … Continued
Inherent states of wellbeing with Maura Sills
The day concentrates on interconnection; belonging; attunement; acceptance and generosity. We will include the Four Sublime States of Love (metta); Compassion (karuna); Sympathetic Joy (mudita) and Equanimity (upekkha). How to Book Booking will be available soon. For more information about our day retreats generally, please visit our ‘General information and practicalities’ page. Please note this … Continued
A day with John Peacock
John Peacock is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. He was initially trained in the Tibetan Gelugpatradition in India and subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada.
A Path of Wisdom and Love with Jake Dartington
In this silent day retreat we will explore our potential to bring wise and loving responses to each moment in our lives. Through sitting and walking meditation, we will learn ways to respond creatively to the obstacles that appear to block our capacity to live in a wise and loving way. We will explore what it means to bring these beautiful qualities to our meditation practice and to our everyday lives.
A day with Suvaco
Suvaco is originally from Denmark, and currently lives in Devon, UK. Suvaco holds an MA in Mindfulness Psychotherapy Practice and is a registered psychotherapist and cranio sacral practitioner. He trained in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah for 17 years as a Buddhist monk and currently teaches meditation, mainly to activists committed to make social or environmental changes. He is part of the teaching staff at Gaia house, Devon.
A day with Julia Wallond and Andrea Hosfeld
More information about the theme for this retreat will be available soon. How to Book Booking will be available soon. For more information about our day retreats generally, please visit our ‘General information and practicalities’ page. Please note this retreat will be held at St Michael’s Parish Hall. Directions can be found in the General … Continued
Past retreats - 2016
Mindfulness: Developing the Foundations
In this day retreat, we will explore some of the Buddha’s teachings on establishing mindfulness and cultivating the heart qualities that support awakening.
Loving Kindness and Equanimity
Loving kindness is an antidote to ill-will; equanimity an antidote to resentment. During this Day Retreat, we will cultivate the practice of listening and loving kindness, and also awareness of the breath and equanimity as a means to develop a stable and kind heart. This in turn could help us to respond creatively to challenging … Continued
A Day of Insight Dialogue: Waking Up Together
Insight Dialogue is a relational meditation practice developed by Gregory Kramer of the Metta Foundation.Through the 6 guidelines of Insight Dialogue we practice both in silence and opposite one another in dialogue. In this way we find practical support in meeting the joys and challenges of everyday life with insight and mindfulness. Further information about … Continued
A Focusing-based interactive Day Retreat ‘Embracing Interconnectedness through the Body’
Facilitated by Gordon Adam and Manjudeva This retreat drew upon Focusing, and the felt sense, to lead us to a greater, more holistic, more truthful knowing about life and our place in it. The body already knows in a direct and unmediated way how interconnected we are to the rest of existence – we just need … Continued
The Dharma and the Drama: Mindfulness amidst a messy life
This day looked at the challenges of everyday life as the theatre of transformational practice, exploring how our work and relationships can be fertile ground for insight, and seeing how we can cultivate a meditative life which genuinely supports and is supported by the ‘full catastrophe’ of everyday living. Click here for a biography and photo of … Continued