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.
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.
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.
We are offering another 4 week Introductory Course this October. The aim of this short course is to introduce people to the basics of Insight Meditation – enough to get started. The course covers the practicalities of posture, breathing, sitting and walking meditation as well as exploration of the experience of Insight Meditation: how it can be beneficial for ourselves and for others………Cont.
Dharma for our times with Suvaco
This daylong retreat offers the chance to develop practices that move towards a recognition of the systemic levels of suffering we co-create. We will explore how Dharma-based perspectives and practices can inform and resource life-affirming action in these times of great ecological destruction. We will develop the deep resources of courage, insight, clarity and emotional resilience……Cont.
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
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…..
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