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.
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.
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.
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.
Annual sangha celebration day and AGM
Our Annual sangha celebration day will be on Saturday 13th April 2019. From 10am to 4pm. We are delighted that Suvaco is able to facilitate this day. Many of us have worked with Suvaco before and find him to be an inspiring teacher. We are hugely grateful that he is willing to give his time and … Continued
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 not only as a physical organ, but as an imaginal and spiritual centre of stillness. Please click on the image for more information and to book a place.
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 Click on this link to book with Eventbrite. For more information about our day retreats generally, please visit our ‘General information and practicalities’ page. … Continued
The heart of mindfulness with John Peacock
Metta is both the literal and metaphorical ‘heart’ of mindfulness. Without Metta at its heart, mindfulness can fall into being the mere practice of attention with a ‘cold’ contemplation of what we discover in experience. The presence of Metta within the practice of mindfulness turns it into a caring practice.
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