We are very happy to welcome Venerable Canda to lead this day of practice for Oxford Insight Meditation. Venerable Canda says about the theme, “A soft mind is gentle, malleable and receptive. It is also resilient and forgiving, able to see the best in others and the best in ourselves.” 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.
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.
Venerable Canda began meditating in 1996 with S.N. Goenka and spent the next 7 years deepening her practice in India. She ordained as a Buddhist nun in Burma in 2006 and subsequently took full bhikkhuni ordination with Ajahn Brahm. Her approach to meditation focuses on kindness and letting go as a means to deepening stillness and is increasingly informed by the Early Buddhist Suttas. Ven. Canda founded Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project with Ajahn Brahm – a UK charity aimed at establishing a nun’s monastery in the UK.
Listen to talks by Venerable Canda here
Dana: Venerable Canda offers her teaching in the spirit of generosity. We invite you to make a ‘dana’ donation to to the Anukampa Project of which Venerable Canda is the spiritual director. This is a time of financial uncertainty for many of us, our invitation is to reflect on the value of the teachings and the service to our community that Venerable Canda so generously offers, whilst also bearing in mind your own financial situation when considering what you can offer.
To make a donation please go to: https://anukampaproject.org/donate/
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 email@example.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. For more information on bus times see 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, milk and soya 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 firstname.lastname@example.org