Come and join us on this silent meditation retreat day where quiet contemplation is supported with meditation practice. All you need to do is come along and allow yourself to just ‘be’.
Let go of your busy-ness and surrender to this wonderful supportive environment. You can practice self-reflection, cultivate calmness and begin to explore harmony and contentment in your own life.
Who is it for?
Our silent retreat days are perfect for those wanting to find quietude or time out of a busy lifestyle. A beneficial way of furthering your practice if you’ve done meditation before, but also a good starting point for beginners in mindfulness as we explore feelings of the heart and mind throughout each day. There are teaching points to guide you through your meditation whilst allowing you plenty of silence to cultivate self-reflection.
What to expect
A warm and informal environment for supported learning, a wonderful lunch all set in a beautiful location. Give this day as a gift to yourself as you join Jennie, our highly experienced teacher and Buddhist chaplain, in this day of contemplation. Everything is ready and waiting for you so that you need do nothing, but simply be.
10:00 Welcome introduction – silence begins
10:15 Sitting meditation
11:00 Walking meditation
~ tea ~
11:45 Sitting meditation
12:30 Walking meditation
1:15 Lunch – this will be provided for you
2:15 Walking meditation
3:00 Sitting meditation
3:45 Tea Q&A – silence is lifted
The next Silent Retreat Day will be 21st July 2018.
A course of spiritual study and meditation takes energy, commitment, and discipline. It’s a space in which to shut out the distractions of everyday life and come face-to-face with yourself. That isn’t always easy, especially for beginners.
Body and mind are not used to these very different circumstances and may react with discomfort, restlessness, boredom, doubt, criticism, fatigue or sudden, unfounded concerns. Preparing yourself by anticipating these reactions, and committing to stick to the discipline of retreat even if they arise can be transformatory. Therefore, we have to adjust ourselves to the retreat settings:
* We have to adjust to keeping silence. Silence is kept throughout the day, even during meal times.
* We may experience a lot of ups and downs during the day. Therefore, please be gentle in your behaviour and sensitive to fellow course participants and staff or teachers.
* We have to keep an open mind. Many of the ideas presented may be new and different from one’s own beliefs, and we should be prepared to analyse and contemplate not only the teachings, but also our own beliefs.
We use a beautiful rural retreat in Charing Heath. It is a private home and is not easily found by the post code alone. You will be sent simple directions on how to find it via email, with phone numbers to call if you get lost. It is about ten minutes drive from Charing train station. It is not accessible by public transport but we can help arrange a lift if you need one. Get directions.
The cost for the Silent Retreat Day is £65. Discounts available: NHS Staff £58.50. This includes your lunch, tea, coffee and drinks throughout the day.
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Who can come to the Silent Retreat Days?
Anybody can come to the Silent Retreat Days. I would recommend a minimum age of 16 with no upper age limit
What will happen on the day?
The day is spent in silence, even during lunch, and consists solely of meditation practice. There will be some guided teachings, some instructions however you will be meditating for the whole day (except lunch where the silence continues). This is a great way of deepening your practice and totally immersing yourself in the silence.
I have food intolerances/allergies, will I be able to eat the lunch?
The food provided is clean and simple, with no dressings, sauces or strong flavourings and is made up of all the ingredients you would find in your local supermarket. It’s an important part of the retreat that you don’t worry too much about details like bringing your own lunch. You can click here to read the menu, but do get in contact with us if you have any concerns.
What do I need to bring?
If you’d like to bring your own meditation cushions etc it would be lovely and helpful however there will be some to borrow on the day.
What if the weather is bad?
As part of the day is outside it is recommended you bring shower proof jackets and wet weather shoes. If it is raining, the walking practice is still undertaken outside. Shoes are not worn in the garden room so please wear something you can easily slip in and out of.
What happens if my friends/family need to contact me?
If you are concerned that an emergency might happen at home, you may give your family members the Tram Hatch Gardens number (01233 713373) and someone will come and find you immediately, should an urgent message need to get through
Can I take notes/read a book?
Retreatants are encouraged to leave all reading/writing materials, watches, clocks and electronic devices such as tablets or mobile phones at home and embrace the simplicity of all that you need being provided for you.
What shall I wear?
Shoes are not worn in the Garden Room so wear a pair that it’s easy to slip in and out of. Part of the day is outside and, in the case of rain, you will still go outside. Maybe a showerproof jacket or some layers might be prudent. If you want to sit on the floor, wear something that easily allows freedom of movement in the legs.
Bookings will open three months before retreat date. Booking is essential. Please read the dates and times carefully when booking. Cancellation fees apply and refunds are not given once the course has started. Read full terms and conditions.