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The Silence of the Heart

The Silence of the Heart

On this retreat we will draw attention to the mystery of the heart. The heart not only as a physical organ, but as a spiritual imaginal centre of stillness.

Once the feeling resonance of the heart is activated through meditation and other sensory-awareness practices, we will learn to recognise and develop strategies to release the the first three 'fetters': sceptical doubt, self view and attachment to rituals, and point to the realisation of what in the Pali canon is described as "entering the stream" or Sotapanna, so that our actions do not originate from the thinking mind, but are embodied actions from this organ.

Emphasis will be placed on using creatively the current of the sound of silence as a focus for concentration.

This retreat is suitable for meditators who already have prior experience of silent retreat.


SUVACO is a former Buddhist monk and a passionate advocate for embodying life in all of its forms. He lives in the South West UK where he works as a psychotherapist and Tai Qi teacher.

Listen to one of Suvaco's Talks at Gaia House on 15.06.2015: Evening Talk from Touching the Earth Retreat (Duration 47:09)


Retreat Code = 18136

E = experienced

Friday 2 March - Monday 5 March 2018 (3 nights)

Standard Rate:    £189 - Please pay this rate if you can
Sponsor Rate:        £227 - A benefactor rate, which helps others to come here on the Supported Rate
Supported Rate:     £161 - Available if the Standard Rate is too high for you
FAB Fund Rate:       £95 - For more details please see the Financial Assistance page
Young Persons Rate: £57 - 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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Price: from £161.00

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