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10 Day Residential Insight Retreat with Nick Scott and Brian Hickey
October 29, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - November 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
Nick Scott is well known for teaching Buddhist meditation retreats for over 20 years but for anyone unfamiliar with Nick’s emphasis of teaching they can find more information here.
Brian Hickey is a physical therapist and Foundation Training instructor who has a love of the human body. He has been practicing meditation for over 15 years, attended numerous retreats and stayed in Chithurst Buddhist Monastery for the three month winter retreat. He is teaching Buddhist meditation for us and the use of breath work and foundation training to improve posture. He took this up to cure his own bad back and poor posture.
29th October to 7th November with Nick Scott and Brian Hickey
This retreat is to be held at Kilcuan Retreat Centre(Eircode H91W596). Kilcuan is situated in quiet woodland near Clarinbridge, Co Galway. The COVID situation may change so initially we are limiting the places to 15. We will review the situation nearer to the start of the retreat to see if we can take more. The facilities are very spacious and excellent for social distancing, if we need to do that.
A ten day retreat is an opportunity to deepen one’s meditation practice and leads to an understanding of what meditation and the spiritual journey is really about. The period is long enough that we can leave behind the stress caused by our daily interactions while having no need to plan the future. It thus becomes possible to explore the present, and in the space and silence that opens up, to process our buried memories, traits and other conditioning so that we can learn how to be at peace and content, whatever is happening. This retreat is suitable for those new to meditation as well as experienced meditators. The instruction will be cumulative, starting with posture and how to establish mindfulness (sati) and a caring open attitude (metta) and through that find concentration (samadhi). With this we can then explore the Buddha’s teachings that are designed to lead to insight (vipassana) so to develop wisdom (panna). Throughout the retreat we will refer to his actual teachings in the Buddhist Pali suttas. The teaching will consist of instruction each morning and some afternoons, evening talks on the theory behind what we are doing and regular one-to-one guidance. The retreat will be held in silence. There will be optional taught Yoga sessions each day to help free up the body for sitting comfortably.
Start and End Times:
Registration for this retreat will be from 6pm on the first Friday, with soup served to residents at 6.30pm. It will finish after lunch at 1pm on the Sunday. You have to attend the whole retreat.
Coming on Retreat
The retreat will be held in Noble Silence and participants will be keeping the Eight Precepts. To find out more about coming on retreat please see here: http://www.sunyatacentre.org/coming-on-retreat-at-sunyata/. To book a place, or to make enquiries, please write to [email protected]. We will send you a link to the registration form and more information by return.
Cost of Retreat
This retreat is offered on a donation (dana) basis. At the end of the retreat there will be an opportunity to give a donation towards the hiring the facilities and our other costs. Any excess will go to future retreats and Sunyata Retreat Centre to help with their running costs. The teachings are free. The donation can be made at the retreat, or on-line using this link: Donation (choose the ‘sending to a friend’ option, so that no fee is deducted).