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March 2020

10 day Retreat with Suvaco

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - March 15 @ 3:00 pm

On this retreat we will work on deepening our meditation practice, developing the skills for Samatha (serenity) and Jhana (absorption) states. Emphasis will be placed on creatively using the sound of silence (Shabd or Nada) as a focus for concentration. Once the feeling resonance of the ‘sound-current’ is activated through meditation, guided meditation in subtle energy circulation, Qi Gong practices and chanting, we will look at strategies to release the first three fetters on the path: sceptical doubt, self view and…

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Safe Ground, True Refuge -a weekend retreat of insight meditation with Heike Griffin

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - March 22 @ 3:00 pm

"Dukkha is like a constant squeeze and enlightenment the experience of enoughness"  Ajahn Maha Boowa.        In a world of instability and uncertainty how can we find safe ground? We will explore the Buddha's teachings to understand more fully how we create our world and our experiences and how we can use these teachings to bring a sense of peace into our daily lives. Training the mind can protect us from slipping into those dark states of delusion,…

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April 2020

Living with change: the working of the three marks of existence in our life -weekend retreat with Metta

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - April 5 @ 3:00 pm

On this retreat we want to take the time to look a little more inward. What moves us at the moment and how do we deal with the challenges of everyday life? Transience - Anicca is one of the three characteristics that holds life in itself. For many of us, this brings up feelings of insecurity, perhaps anxiety and worry. How do I deal with it? Are we trying to hold onto, adhere to and create so much suffering, problems…

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Weekend Retreat with Ajahn Dhammanando

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - April 19 @ 3:00 pm

We are delighted to welcome back Ajahn Dhammanando who has been teaching retreats annually at Sunyata for many years.   Start and End Times: Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday the 17th of April with soup served at 6.15. The retreat will begin at 7pm with a short orientation talk and will end at lunchtime on Sunday the 19th. It is necessary to attend all of the retreat. It is possible to arrive a day or two…

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May 2020

13 day retreat with Ajahn Brahmavara

May 8 @ 6:00 pm - May 20 @ 3:00 pm

This retreat is an opportunity for experienced meditators to deepen their practice in an environment free from external distraction. The encouragement is to let go of devices, books, writing and speaking in order to enable a deep appreciation of peace and happiness within as well as that which obscures our natural state of well being. There will be brief meditation guidance from the Buddha's teachings, particularly Satipatthana Sutta and Anapanasati Sutta. Each evening there will be a talk exploring the…

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Sunyata Family Camp 2020

May 29 @ 2:00 pm - June 1 @ 1:00 pm

Our fifth family camp will take place over the June bank holiday weekend from May 29th -June 1st. This retreat will be an opportunity to experience the space to spend time with your family in a mindful way and reflect on your practice in a supportive community environment The camp aims to create a supportive environment for parents to practice Dharma and apply mindfulness methods in every day family life. The camp will be an opportunity for families to support…

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June 2020

10 day Retreat with Nick Scott, assisted by Heike Griffin

June 12 @ 6:00 pm - June 21 @ 1:00 pm

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…

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