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.
Sangha Walk – Bradford-on-Avon to Bath – Saturday 14th December
This is a lovely, virtually completely flat, 8 mile walk from Bradford-on-Avon to Bath, following the tranquil and idyllic Kennet and Avon Canal. Walking time will be about 3-4 hours, with a break for lunch at The George Inn at Bathampton. Cont……
Wild perception: Ways of looking and listening, that open the heart, call forth the sacred and restore a sense of ground in a chaotic world. Julia Wallond and Andrea Hosfeld
On this day we will introduce and cultivate a variety of ways of looking and listening that deepen, enliven and open up our relationship with ourselves and the Earth. We will be playing with practices that build on mindfulness of the body while exploring how views, held lightly, can create a sense of meaning and purpose in our times.
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.
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.
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…..
Practising wisdom and compassion in turbulent times with Chris Cullen
The Buddha famously said that ‘Everything is burning’ and we may particularly feel the truth of this at times of turbulence and intensity in our personal and collective lives, and as we awaken to the deepening climate emergency. Cont……
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