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.
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.
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.
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……
Gratitude and Joy with Jenny Wilks
The experience of appreciative joy – including gratitude for our own 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…..
Love in the time of extinction with Yanai Postelnik
What does dharma practice look like in the face of a Climate and Ecological emergency? How do the Buddha’s wisdom teachings and compassionate practices empower us to meet this crisis? How do we keep our heart open while engaging with our inner responses and the outer situation? Cont.…..
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 - 2018
Cultivating refuge in a changing world
In a world which can appear increasingly unstable, bewildering and unkind, the need for refuge can feel ever more important. This retreat helps us to explore and expand our ways of looking at and conceiving of refuge.
‘Cultivating your practice, deepening in dharma’
This new 6 week ‘next steps’ course will be led by Julia Wallond. It will be an opportunity for those with a meditation practice to develop it further with the support if teachings from the Insight Buddhist tradition. Beginners are also welcome.
Annual sangha celebration day
Our Annual sangha celebration day is a great way to find out all about Bristol Insight. This year we are celebrating the meaning of Sangha (community of practitioners) itself. The day includes our short interactive Annual General Meeting and shared lunch. All are welcome.
Radical dharma: a radical practice with Lama Rod Owens
In this daylong retreat, Lama Rod will explore deepening commitment to community and integrating social justice and dharma practice through meditation, discussions, small group interactions, and movement practice. All are welcome.
Sangha walk – a wander down the Cam from Hinton Blewett
Sangha walks are an opportunity to socialise with other sangha members, ground ourselves in our natural environment, take gentle exercise and to practice mindful walking. All are welcome.
Discovering the heart’s guidance – going beyond the inner critic with Laura Bridgman
This retreat we will contemplate a natural sense of ease with ourselves as we are, and explore what gets in the way of that – in particular the conditioning of the inner critic. All are very welcome. Please note new venue at Glenfrome School.
Sangha walk – Abbots Pool, Abbots Leigh
“A lovely stroll through woods, along lanes and river banks to visit quiet Gloucestershire hamlets. Although an undulating walk, there is only one short steep climb. The walk is 4 miles and should take around 2 hours at a gentle pace.”
A day of soulful practice with Catherine McGee
What might be gained by liberating ‘soul’ from any unhelpful associations, and picking up the rich resonances of the concept and bringing them in to our Dharma practice? All are welcome.
Sangha walk – Sand Bay near Weston-super-Mare
This is a fairly easy coastal walk of about 5 miles which should take us about 2 hours at a gentle pace. We will start the walk at the car park at the Sand Bay Kiosk(click for map), from where we will walk inland via Sand Farm and across open countryside, visiting the ruins of … Continued
Sangha walk – Gare Hill, near Frome
A walk around Gare Hill, near Frome starts at 11am. Gare Hill is a tract of ancient woodland which once formed part of a natural barrier between Wessex and the rest of England. This fairly easy-going circular walk begins at Gare Hill, around 6 miles south of Frome and will take 2- 3 hours at a gentle pace…
Cultivating care and wisdom with Zohar Lavie
The Buddhas teaching includes all aspects of human life. In this day retreat we will explore how to apply these teachings of compassion to our engagement and our relationships, looking particularly at our caring roles. How can Dharma practice resource us as we act in the world, and how can the care we share with … Continued