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On this day of practice we will contemplate the quality of Faith (Saddha in Pali), and its opposite; lack of confidence, not fully trusting where we are in this moment – which is a common obstacle to our practice. As we connect to the experience of faith, we will also discern and inquire into the doubt and reactivity that veils it, bringing us closer to the truth of the way things are in the this moment.

We are very happy to welcome Laura Bridgman to lead this day of practice for Oxford Insight Meditation. The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, meditation instructions, dharma reflections and some time for questions. There will be a lunch break of about 1 hour. The day will mainly be in silence. The retreat is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience of meditation practice. We ask that you commit to staying for the full day.

Laura Bridgman began her Dhamma practice in her early teens, and eventually ordained as a nun with Ajahn Sumedho in 1995. She was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for eighteen years until moving out to live as a solitary nun in 2010. She has spent extended periods of time with the Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In 2015 Laura left the monastic tradition to pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path alongside her Vipassana practice. There is much over-lap as it incorporates Buddhist principles and practices.

Listen to talks by Laura Bridgman here

If you are participating in person, we want to make the retreat as accessible as we can, so there are a number of Covid related precautions that we will be taking at the venue and that we encourage you to take as well:

  • We encourage you to attend online if you have any Covid symptoms. You can obtain a refund for your in-person ticket via Eventbrite and then book a new online ticket.
  • We encourage you to have a lateral flow test, up to 48hrs before the event. Between the test and the retreat we encourage you to limit your social contact. If you test positive please attend online.
  • We will be socially distanced when sitting in the hall.
  • We will ensure that the hall is well ventilated and will be keeping some windows open, so please dress warmly.

If you are participating in person please arrive for registration between 9.15 and 9.45am.

Dana: Our teachers offer their teaching in the spirit of generosity. We invite you to make a ‘dana‘ donation to support Laura in continuing to offer the teachings in this way. There will be an opportunity to offer dana on the day. You can also make donations to Laura via this link: https://gaiahouse.co.uk/support-us/ then click on the teacher tab and make a note on the checkout page that the donation is for Laura Bridgman.

Please note we are unable to process donations for our teachers through Eventbrite.

Booking fee: The fee for online participation is £5/£3 (concessions) and for in person participation £15/£5 (concessions). The fee covers general running costs of the online and in person retreats, including Zoom costs, Eventbrite fees, hall hire, teachers’ travel and accommodation expenses. Our teachers receive no payment from the booking fee; instead you will be invited to offer a donation for the teachings in the ancient tradition of dana.

Concessions: We invite you to pay the full rate if you are reasonably able to do so, as this supports the continuation of our retreats. We also offer concessionary rate tickets to those who are unemployed, full-time students, on a low income, or are otherwise finding it difficult to meet the full cost. If you are unable to afford our concessionary rate, for any reason, please contact us on the email address below, as we’d like to ensure that these days are accessible to everyone.

Cancellation and refunds: Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your place on a retreat – otherwise, someone else may be turned away unnecessarily. Please contact oxfordinsightmeditation@gmail.com to let us know that you can’t be there. We offer refunds up to 24 hours before the retreat. Please see instructions here for how to claim a refund.

For those participating online:

Zoom link: This will be emailed to those who have registered, one week before the retreat, 24hrs before the retreat and again 1 hour before the retreat begins. Please check your junk mail if you have not received the email.

For those participating in person:

Venue: Littlemore Village Hall, Railway Lane, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4PY

The hall is wheelchair accessible and has an accessible toilet. There is parking available in the hall’s private car park close to the front door. Please contact us if you will need any support on the day to enable you to attend.

See here for a map of the location Please allow plenty of time to travel so that you can arrive at the hall between 9.15 and 9.45 for registration.

Public transport: City bus 3A, every 30 mins from the High Street and Iffley Road to The George pub, Littlemore, then 2 mins walk. Also City bus 3, every 11 minutes from the High Street and Iffley Road to Rose Hill Parade, then 11 mins walk. Also City bus 5A every 30 minutes from the High Street and Cowley Road to the Catholic Church, Littlemore and then 5 mins walk. More information on bus times here.

Parking: There is parking for approx 10 cars in the hall’s private car park.

What to bring: The hall is heated, but uncarpeted, we will also have some windows open for ventilation. Please bring plenty of warm clothing and a blanket. You may also wish to bring slippers or warm socks. If you plan to sit on the floor also bring a mat or rug, plus meditation stool or cushions. There are also chairs available, you may wish to bring a cushion or two for padding.

Lunch: will be held in silence. We invite you to bring your own vegan or vegetarian packed lunch. A selection of teas, herbal drinks, dairy milk and plant milk will be provided. There is also a fridge where you can store your lunch.

All are welcome: We are committed to creating an inclusive retreat space. We welcome people irrespective of religious or political beliefs, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, age, ability and culture.

Contact: Please get in touch if you have any questions, if you need to cancel, or to change your booking oxfordinsightmeditation@gmail.com

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