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General information

The retreat days are held in silence for most of the day unless otherwise stated in the retreat description. In a typical day the teacher will offer meditation instruction with periods of sitting meditation and walking meditation for up to 45 minutes at a time. There will be a shared lunch, usually in silence, and a chance for a chat with a cup tea at the end of the day. Beginners are welcome, but some days do require attendees to have some prior meditation experience. If this is the case it will be stated in the day retreat description. Given the level of commitment required for our retreats we feel it is important that retreatants, after reading the information about a retreat, book a place on their own behalf. We do not offer retreat places as gifts from friends or colleagues.

We welcome volunteers to help on the day, if you would like to help in this way please contact the Day Retreats team by email.

We tend to use one of two venues for the day retreats: St Michael’s Parish Hall in central Bristol or  Glenfrome Primary School, near Junction 2 off the M32, just north of Muller Road. Please check which venue you need to go to for your chosen retreats.
St Michaels on the Mount Parish Hall, St Michaels on the Mount School, Old Park Hill, off Perry Road, Bristol BS2 8BE. If you have not been here before please click here to download a PDF with full directions or bring an A-Z and give yourself time to find the venue as it not obvious. Please note car parking is no longer available in the car parks adjacent to St Michaels. Please click on the PDF link to find out more.
Glenfrome Primary School, Cottisford Rd, Bristol BS5 6TY. If you have not been here before please click here to download a PDF with full directions.

Please arrive after 9.15am and be settled in the venue by 9.45am ready for the retreat to begin at 10.00. The retreat ends at 5pm.


Costs: £15.00 for waged and £7.50 for low or unwaged. Some concessions may be available. Please contact the Day Retreats team by email to discuss.

What to bring

Bring vegetarian lunch to share. Hot drinks are provided. If you have specific dietary needs, then please bring a lunch for yourself.
Bring your own meditation stool or cushion and also bring a mat if you wish to, as the floor is bare. You will be asked to remove outdoor shoes in the meditation hall. Chairs are available.
Bring cash or a cheque for Dana with you please.

Wheelchair Access

Full wheelchair access and toilets are available at Glenfrome School.

Partial wheelchair access is available at the St Michael’s venue. The hall and outdoor area is fully accessible, but at the moment there are unfortunately no wheelchair accessible toilets.

Financial support for the teacher (Dana)

In keeping with Buddhist tradition the teachers make no charge for their teaching. We are invited to express our gratitude for the teaching by offering donations (Dana). The tradition of Dana in Buddhism is an acknowledgement of our interconnectedness and interdependence. It enables teachers to continue teaching and supports the very life and sustainability of the teaching. The teaching is offered, as it has been over many centuries, freely, and the teachers give enormously of their time, energy and understanding. Your generosity to the teachers is greatly appreciated; it is truly what enables the continuation of the teachings. The teachers rely either largely or entirely on Dana for their livelihoods. A dana box will be put out for this Dana on the day.


For further information contact the day retreats team by email:

Download our retreat programme and general information leaflet here.

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