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Awakening, Breath by Breath

Awakening, Breath by Breath

Exploring practice through the Anapanasati Sutta
(the Buddha’s discourse on mindfulness of breathing).

Mindfulness of breathing is often one of the first meditation practices that we learn. Not only is it an excellent foundation for all other varieties of meditation, it was also taught by the Buddha as the basis for a complete path to awakening, including calming the mind, experiencing joy, and cultivating insight and freedom.

On this retreat we will explore and practise the progressive steps of this path as a framework for understanding and experiencing the transformative potential of the Buddha’s teachings in our lives.

This retreat will include optional mindful movement (Qigong).


JENNY WILKS has practised in various Buddhist traditions since the late 1980s, and has an MA in Indian Religions. She has taught for several years at Gaia House, the Barn Retreat near Totnes in Devon UK, and local meditation classes. She trained in clinical psychology and works as an MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) therapist and trainer at Exeter University.

Listen to one of Jenny Wilks' Talks at Gaia House on 31.12.2016: The Five Recollections (Duration 52:50)

JAYA KAREN RUDGARD began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.

Listen to one of Jaya Karen Rudgard's Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on 24.11.2015: Seeing Through the Net of Illusion (Duration 47:55)


Retreat Code = 18147

A = suitable for all

Thursday 17 May - Tuesday 22 May 2018 (5 nights)

Standard Rate:    £280 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £336 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £238 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:     £140 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £84 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page

Extending Your Retreat = £44 per night - Conditions apply - please see box

Before you book, please read these guidelines regarding mental well-being and silent retreats

Intensive silent meditation retreats can be very nourishing; however, as they require sustained meditation practice, they also need some stability of psychological health. If you have recently (i.e. within the past year or so) experienced significant trauma or psychiatric illness, or if you are currently experiencing acute emotional distress such as serious depression or anxiety, it may not be the best time for you to attend an intensive retreat in silence. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual or psychological care you might need at this time. It could possibly be more appropriate to practise in or seek out a setting where there are more opportunities for interpersonal engagement.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience to attend an intensive silent retreat.
  • Please be prepared to offer your mental health professional's contact information to the teachers on opening day if requested.
  • If you have any questions about the above please contact: retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

 


Note: If you are booking for yourself and someone else -
you must make a separate booking for each person.

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