Freely Given Retreats has a new programme of retreats for 2017. This is an organisation run solely by volunteers, for whom Kirsten Kratz is the guiding teacher. There is no charge for these retreats. They are run on the basis of ‘dana’, an economy rooted in generosity and giving. The tradition of dana in Buddhism is an acknowledgement of our interconnectedness and interdependence.
The latest newsletter from Gaia House in Devon is now available, featuring several lively articles, information about retreats, book reviews, and perspectives on practice. Click here or on the link below.
Ajahn Brahm is one of the most senior western disciples of Ajahn Chah and is a highly respected teacher, with a large following in Australia and South East Asia.
It’s very rare for Ajahn Brahm to visit and teach in the UK and this is a wonderful opportunity to hear him in person. In the attached flyer and on the website you can find full details of all the events being held in London, Cambridge and Brighton.
Ajahn Brahm parted from the Thai Forest Tradition because of his support for Bhikkhuni ordination. The events are fund raisers to help establish a Bhikkhuni community in the UK. All at OGH are warmly welcome to support this most under-represented branch of the fourfold sangha.
Please let us know by phoning 0781 724 8040 before 9pm. Recent day retreats have been fully booked, sometimes with a waiting list in operation.
We recognise that last-minute emergencies or illness may make cancelling your place impossible, but please do get in touch if you know you can’t come, even if it’s just the day before – we may still be able to offer your place to someone else. And grateful thanks also to all those of you who do let us know!
This is a special opportunity, through service and supported practice, to deepen our understanding of the way we respond and react to our experience of dukkha. The course will include 3 retreats at Bala Brook Retreat Centre on beautiful Dartmoor:
15–20 July 2016
9–11 December 2016
19–24 May 2017
During the year we will be supported by regular material from the teachers – consisting of reflections/contemplations, guided meditations and talks, as well as monthly live video conferencing with teachers and participants – and will cultivate wise and compassionate ways of being with our ever-changing experience.
We’re very pleased to announce that we have a new website manager, Rebecca Skillman. She joins the team of volunteers who run Oxford Gaia House Retreats; the other members of the team are Amy Bilderbeck, Andrew Finney, Brigid Avison, David Cannell, Kathryn Tulip, Pam Sutherland and Sarah Metcalf.
If you are interested in becoming a co-ordinator, or in helping on the days you attend, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Brigid on 01608 811940 for more information, or speak to one of the team at an Oxford day retreat.
Sunday 19 – Friday 24 June, 2016
Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Powys, Wales
Facilitated by Kirsten Kratz
Kirsten Kratz, one of our regular meditation teachers, is running an eco-work retreat this summer. She says:
“After wonderful and inspiring Sanghaseva work retreats at CAT in June 2014 and 2015, we are delighted to offer again this unique opportunity to combine working outdoors at the ecological flagship Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) with meditation and reflection in a supportive environment. We will stay in one of CAT’s Eco Cabins as we work onsite to support the community. The days’ activities will be framed by meditation, contemplation and inquiry, and some time each day will be spent in silence. The retreat is open to all, those new to meditation as well as those with experience.”
As you probably know, those of us who co-ordinate these day retreats are all volunteers.
Several of our regular `helpers’ have moved away, and we could do with some more! We greatly appreciate help with greeting people as they arrive, as we are often very busy at that time. It means arriving soon after 9am to be ready when registration begins at 9.15am.
If you would be happy to do this occasionally, or you’d like more information, please let us know – phone Brigid on 01608 811940, or speak to one of us when you next come on a retreat.