Welcome to the noticeboard for the Rainbow Dharma, online retreat
with Katrin Auf der Heyde, River Wolton and Bernat Font-Clos
Talks Schedule Zoom Link Dana
Pre-retreat information and suggestions from the teachers - please read
Welcome to our online retreat! We very much look forward to practising together.
To make the most of this opportunity, we encourage you to read this information in advance about how to prepare for an online retreat.
If you are not familiar with Zoom, you can get support with learning how to use it by clicking on the link below. Please do this before the retreat starts.
Preparing for the retreat
We suggest that you plan the days of the retreat. For example, will you be:
- Maintaining silence?
- Continuing with/doing additional sitting and walking meditation?
- Cultivating an attitude of retreat throughout?
If so, be sure to set up conditions that support you, including discussing this with those you live with.
Using the guidelines below it would be helpful to plan in advance how to simplify as much as you can and to clarify what you will and will not engage with. These are skilful ways of creating continuity and settling more deeply into practice.
Creating a retreat environment
- Find a quiet and comfortable space to practice and make it welcoming.
- If you like, you could arrange a small altar with candles, flowers, or objects that are meaningful to you.
- You may like to keep a small candle burning throughout the day as a practice reminder.
- We would like to create a sense of community. Even though we are not together physically, arriving on time is still important. Settle in and prepare your space and yourself before each session begins.
- We suggest not multitasking whilst online. Turn off your other devices and any other programs you have been using. Engage with the session and teachings just as you would if you were in a retreat centre. Give yourself this time to be present and awake.
- Consider how you are going to use the time between online sessions and try to keep life as simple and free from distractions as possible.
- Arrange your computer or device so you can see and hear well.
- Make sure you have easy access to the schedule and Zoom links.
- Arrive on time for all the sessions you can attend.
- If you have to miss any sessions, please check the noticeboard to access recordings of the missed sessions.
- Think about identifying an area for walking meditation and if possible try and keep this the same throughout the retreat.
- Shop before the retreat if you can so that you don’t have to do this during the retreat. Planning meals in advance may also be helpful.
- Think about disengaging from unnecessary conversations and interactions: explain to people in your household what you will be doing and discuss how they can support you.
Some Zoom etiquette
· It is helpful to approach the sessions as if entering a meditation hall: This means not eating or walking in and out during a session. It is supportive of everyone to maintain an engaged presence during the sessions, rather than treating them like a programme we are watching passively. Although we are online, the quality of our presence is important.
· Please keep your microphone muted (we will help with that), unless we invite you to unmute it. This helps eliminate background noise that will be heard by everyone.
· Leaving your camera on while sitting in front of your computer supports a sense of community
· At the same time there may be reasons you decide to keep the camera off and of course this is also fine.
· Please don’t move the computer around with the camera on. If you need to move rooms or step away from the screen, please turn the camera off. It is less distracting and allows us collectively to feel more settled.
· Likewise, if you find you are interrupted by anyone or anything please turn off your camera and and turn it back on when things have settled again.
Some of us are by now quite familiar with practising and teaching using Zoom, while for others this might be a totally new experience. Everyone is welcome.
We will integrate whatever arises during the retreat into our practice together and wish you a beneficial and enjoyable retreat.
To join a meeting, please click here.
Dana (the practice of generosity)
With deep appreciation for your generosity and support.
19 – 22 August 2021
Thursday, 19 August
Opening Practice Session — 18.00 – 20.30
Friday and Saturday, 20-21 August
- 08.00 – 09.00
- 10.30 – 12.30
- 14.30 – 17.00
- 19.00 – 20.30
Sunday, 22 August
- 08.00 – 09.00
- 10.30 – 12.30
- 14.30 – 17.00