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Sunyata Family Camp 2020 [Online Event]
May 29 @ 2:00 pm - June 1 @ 1:00 pm
This year it will not be possible to hold the retreat at Sunyata due to the pandemic so we will instead be running the retreat online through Zoom. This will involve activities for the children and families to do together, group practice and workshops for parents.
Start and End Times:
Details to follow.
To book a place
Why come on retreat?
This retreat will be an opportunity to experience the space to spend time with your family in a mindful way and to reflect on your practice in a supportive community environment . A period of retreat time can shed a wide light on our lives and can allow fresh perspectives to emerge. It allows us to become more established in our practice.
The Thai Forest Master Ajahn Chah described meditation as a “holiday for the heart” and that is an apt description of the retreat experience.
Retreats afford one an opportunity to deepen their understanding of what the Buddha called” Dharma” or the nature of experience.
What kind of practices will you be engaged in?
This camp will be quite different to a typical meditation retreat and will involve periods where parents and children will be engaged in varying forms of practice together and separately. A typical day will involve shared morning Dhamma contemplation. This will be followed by a daily program for children of all ages (with different programs for each age group) that will include nature based exploration and awareness activities, games for investigating awareness, dhamma sharing practices and the opportunity for play, art and creativity. These practices will be lead by the camp team and parents will have plenty of time to join in with their own activities and/or spend time in quiet reflection.
Who can come on the retreat?
Families of all sizes are welcome on this retreat.There is no restriction on children’s age, however please do book early so that we can anticipate the needs of different age groups. In general, retreats are open to anyone with a genuine interest in peace of mind.
Although Sunyata is a Buddhist centre, one does not have to consider oneself a Buddhist in order to attend. Most people are drawn here because of their interest in practice or simply a desire to understand life and live more peacefully. People of all ages, backgrounds, and spiritual paths attend retreats at Sunyata.
Cost of Retreat
This retreat is offered on a donation basis. There is no fixed charge to attend . This is influenced by the Buddha’s teaching on the cultivation of generosity or dana
This means that anyone who wished to attend a retreat at Sunyata may do so regardless of their financial circumstances.
We are asked sometimes for guidance regarding donations and we calculate that €35 per Adult per and €20 per Child per day. However this is a guide only and if one cannot afford this amount then there is no obligation to do so. Equally, if one wishes to give more than the guided amount, then one is welcome to do so. All donations are anonymous.
Nobody involved in the running of the retreat receives any payment and all funds will go directly to the upkeep of the centre.
Typical Daily schedule
Details to be confirmed.