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October 2020

Vipassana & Yoga Retreat – Nick Scott and Sofia Ananda Kaas

October 2 @ 7:45 pm - October 4 @ 7:45 pm

This retreat is to be held at Kilcoan Retreat Centre. Kilcoan is situated in woodland near Clarinbridge, Co Galway. The facilities are excellent for social distancing. There will be a limited number of residential places, probably just 10 available to local people. Each person has their own room with bathroom and the venue is very spacious. The retreat will also be available on line via Zoom, with an on-line manager to look after everyone and with the teachers available for…

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Making Friends With Anxiety – Padraig Cotter [Online Event]

October 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This two-hour workshop will feature practical ways of attending to and exploring anxiety in our experience. We will look at some practices based on awareness of breath, body sensations and thoughts, all informed by Buddhist meditation practices.

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Dealing With Difficult Emotions – Heike Griffin [Online Event]

October 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Emotions are part of being human but sometimes we can feel like a being tossed about by strong emotions like a small boat in rough seas. Grief, anger, sadness and regret can feel overwhelming at times. In this workshop we will explore meditation techniques to help us cope and find a true refuge in troubled times. This workshop is open to beginners and experienced practitioners.

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10 Day Clarinbridge Retreat – Nick Scott

October 23 @ 6:00 pm - November 1 @ 6:00 pm

This retreat is to be held at Kilcoan Retreat Centre. Kilcoan is situated in woodland near Clarinbridge, Co Galway. The facilities are excellent for social distancing. There will be a limited number of residential places for local people, probably just 10. Each person has their own room with bathroom and the venue is very spacious.. The retreat will also be available on line via Zoom, with an on-line manager to look after everyone and with the teacher conducting on line…

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Vipassana Retreat – The Power of Awareness [Online Event]

October 23 @ 6:00 pm - October 26 @ 6:00 pm

The mirror like quality of awareness has the power to enable us to see reality clearly, in the present moment. It is a safe refuge and a source of balance, joy, peace and trust. The retreat through the clear and direct teachings of the Buddha will emphasise the importance of staying connected to the experience of our mind and our body with wisdom and compassion. Ajahn Sundara joined the monastic community at Chithurst Monastery in 1979 as one of the first…

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November 2020

Using Body Movement To Bring Stillness To The Mind – Donal Quirke [Online Event]

November 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop will involve some slowly paced beginner-friendly yoga, guided breath-work, and guided relaxation to explore how we can use body movement to bring stillness to the mind. Gentle movement and stretches combined with body and breath awareness can help us to feel much better in times of difficulty. These work together in a simple and effective way to bring about an inner state of relaxation, light-heartedness, and spaciousness.

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Cultivating Spiritual Friendship And Community – Sunyata Resident Community [Online Event]

November 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Friendship and community are key supports that help us to feel resilient in times of challenge and uncertainty and encourage us to continue on the path towards liberation and peace.   This workshop will explore what spiritual friendship (Kalyana Mitta) and Sangha (community of practice) means to each of us and look at practical ways we can develop this in our lives. This will include practices of active listening and communication and practical supports for developing connection and community during these times…

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December 2020

Meeting Our Experiences With Awareness – Insight Meditation Retreat with Metta [Online Event]

December 4 @ 8:15 pm - December 6 @ 1:00 pm

This will be similar to retreats held at Sunyata except online. It is necessary to book at [email protected] Please also refer to our guidelines for attending online retreats. Beginning on the Friday evening and ending on the Sunday afternoon we will take this opportunity to practice using the online platform Zoom. Booking is required and a link to the zoom meeting will be sent to you closer to the time. To participate it is necessary to attend the entire retreat. Meeting…

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