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We are very happy to welcome Mat Schencks to lead this one day retreat for Oxford Insight Meditation. The retreat will be a day of sustained meditation, supported by an atmosphere of silence. It will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, meditation instructions, dharma teachings, and time for questions and sharing together. The day will include a lunch break of about 1 hour. 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.

Mat Schencks has been practising Insight Meditation under the guidance of teachers at Gaia House since 2003. He has been leading day retreats and short courses since 2011 and trained as a Dharma teacher with Bodhi College. Mat is also a student of the Diamond Approach and works as a psychotherapist and coach in Milton Keynes.

Dana: In the spirit of generosity, our teachers offer their teaching freely. We invite you to make a ‘dana‘ donation to support Mat 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 Mat via his Paypal link.

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 and teachers’ travel + accommodation expenses. Our teachers receive no payment from the booking fee, instead you will be invited to offer a donation to the teacher 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, for any reason, you are unable to afford our concessionary rate, please contact us on oxfordinsightmeditation@gmail.com, as we want to ensure that these days are accessible to everyone.

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