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The theme for the day will be ‘Heart Work’ The Liberating Beauty of Loving Kindness. Kirsten says ‘The path of meditative development and liberation described in the Buddhist teachings rests on the beautiful quality of boundless kindness and friendliness (Metta). Exploring and nourishing the heart’s capacity for kindness is a way of being that opens and heals the heart, freeing it from fear and contraction. We can dare to connect more fully to a natural care for ourselves, a boundless love for all beings and the empowering wish to serve and to share. Loving kindness (Metta), as an essential aspect of freedom and awakening, will bring forth compassion and joy and can transform the very way we perceive the world. During the day we will explore some loving kindness practices, there will be instructions, guided meditations and reflections.’

The day of practice is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience of meditation practice.

Kirsten Kratz has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993 and started teaching in 2006. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time. She supports those on personal retreat in Gaia House and she is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE: www.thedancewebsite.org).

Dana In the spirit of generosity, our teachers offer their teaching freely. We invite you to make a ‘dana‘ donation to support Kirsten to continue offering the teachings in this way. Your generosity to our teachers is greatly appreciated, it is truly what enables the continuation of the teaching.

You can make donations to Kirsten at http://www.paypal.com/paypalme/thecouragetobelong

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

Donating to Oxford Insight Meditation Registration for this online event is free and we invite you to offer dana to Kirsten to support her work and livelihood (see above). In addition, when you register for the event there is an opportunity to make a donation to help cover Oxford Insight Meditation’s costs of offering these retreat days. Suggested donation £5.

What to Expect – Day Retreats Online

Our online retreats take place on Zoom. Please arrive in the Zoom waiting room 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. The retreat will be from 9:30am until roughly 4:30pm and includes a lunch break of at least 1 hour. We ask that you commit to staying for the full day.

The exact structure of the day will vary depending on the teachers’ preference. Typically it will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, guidance on meditation and an opportunity to ask questions about your practice. All retreats are suitable for beginners, as well as those with experience of meditation practice.

We ask that you remain muted during the session, unless you are invited to unmute and speak. We invite you to keep your video on so that we have a sense of community together, unless your internet connection does not support that.

The Zoom Link 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.

Please contact oxfordinsightmeditation@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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