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Depth, rest and stillness. Practicing beyond life and death

Online meditation day with Leela Sarti

Sunday, 12 December 2021

 

This is the last day in the series of day retreats,  Timeless presence in the midst of daily life, which can be booked as a series or as standalone days.

Retreat day open to all, but most suitable for those with previous meditation retreat experience. If you decide to participate in this retreat we ask that you commit to attend both sessions and to please arrive in good time and stay until the end.

Teacher

LEELA SARTI has been a student of the Buddha's teachings and practices since she was 16 years old. She lives with her family in Sweden and in addition to teaching Insight Meditation retreats internationally works individually with students in her psychotherapy practice in Stockholm. She is a long term student of the Diamond Approach and part of a teacher training program in that tradition.

Listen to one of Leela Sarti's Talks at Gaia House. 19.10.2015: Bowing to Instinct and Embracing Desire (Duration 51:54)

 

Retreat description

The last day in a series of one-day retreats exploring the possibility of being grounded in the depth of timeless presence in the midst of daily life. We will inquire how to live a full life from silence and emptiness, and yet being yourself in peace with others, and doing what needs to be done.

A day of retreat is, for a brief time, to stop the momentum of the world so that which is profound and real may emerge and be embodied. A human life infused with meaning, freedom and love, a fulfilling life, means to develop a taste for certain values; a taste for truth, depth and simplicity of being. You do not need to achieve these qualities, you just need to appreciate them and orient yourself towards them, allowing yourself the time and opportunity for them to emerge and become an integrated part of your life. With a spirit of curiosity and kindness, we will engage in meditative and inquiry practices that support realignment, deep rest, letting go and embodiment. To invite inner intimacy, part of the day will be held in silence.

Day four will explore the following theme:

There is a momentum in life; we rise, live as best as we can and fall asleep. We go through life stages and a multitude of challenges. We remember, regret, our lives now shaped by life gone by. We plan ahead, hope, fear and dream of what is yet to come.  There is no stopping of this incessant stream, and yet a day of retreat offers a sacred territory to simply stop. To put on the brakes, to enter the still point and linger there. Beyond the momentum of life there is timeless presence, there is profound stillness and we can incline our heart, mind and spirit to that still point and let ourselves be unburdened.

Format

The day will include guided meditations, teaching sessions, as well as mindful speaking and listening, being present in the relational field and conversations with the teacher.  Please make a commitment to attend the whole day (morning and afternoon sessions).

Schedule

All times shown are in GMT

9:00-11:30 — Session 1 (Including: Guided meditation, instructions, dharma talk, integration practices/inquiry, Q&C)

11:30am-14:00 — Silent lunch, rest and walking meditation.

14:00-16:30 — Session 2 (Including: Guided meditation, instructions, dharma talk, integration practices/inquiry, Q&C)

Using Zoom

This online retreat will use the Zoom platform. For support with learning how to use Zoom, please click here to read the guidance we’ve put together on our website. Please read the first section, ‘Using Zoom’, before registering.

Enquiries

If you have any questions regarding the retreat, you can send an email to info@gaiahouse.co.uk We will respond as quickly as possible, but we have a reduced team during this time so we apologise if you have to wait longer than usual.

Dana/generosity

None of your registration fee goes to the teachers. Gaia House teachers rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. There will be an opportunity to make a dana offering to Leela at the end of the event.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

Dana can be offered to Leela via PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Leelasarti

Dana can also be offered to Leela via the Gaia House website by clicking here. Please click on Teacher and then specify that your donation is for ‘Leela-Timeless Presence’ in the notes section on the checkout page.

Dana can also be offered to Gaia House’s residential service team via our website here: https://gaiahouse.co.uk/support-us/.  This team is responding to email and telephone enquiries for both our online and residential retreats, alongside supporting our retreatants during their stay at Gaia House.

 

With deep appreciation for your generosity.

 

Well-being guidelines - please click here to read before booking

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

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 (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 participate in a retreat. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • 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.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact Susanne using the email address, retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

Depth, rest and stillness. Practicing beyond life and death (day four – timeless presence in the midst of daily life)


To register for this meditation day:
  1. Please look at the rates listed below and enter the amount appropriate to you in the amount box.
  2. Then complete the registration form.
  3. Please read our Booking & cancellation conditions before completing your booking.


Rates:
Registration is on a sliding-scale starting at £0. Please consider paying at the highest rate that you are able to. Your generosity is vital in supporting Gaia House to sustain its Dharma offerings for the benefit of all.

We are committed to ensuring that our programme is available to everyone who wishes to participate. If our suggested registration band is too high for you, you can enter the amount you are able to pay.

Registration:         £20 — £50 (if this amount is too high, please feel welcome to pay what is appropriate for your current circumstances)

Dānanandi Sangha:       £0     As a regular donor to Gaia House you are contributing already. Thank you.

A note on dana/generosity
None of your registration fee goes to the teacher(s). Gaia House teachers rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. There will be an opportunity to make a dana offering to your teacher(s) at the end of the event.



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