winter retreat

22nd Dec 2018 to 5th Jan 2019

Join us for our silent Winter retreat at the dark of the year.

This is an invitation to sink into the quietude and stillness of the dark of the year: to slow down, to attend to the ordinary and appreciate what is already here yet so often overlooked. The simplicity of meditation in our mediation hall, walking on the land, silent companionship, and finding a rhythm to the day that supports being vibrantly awake and yet at ease with this life.

The retreat will balance supportive structure and guidance with an open spaciousness allowing both form and formlessness to inform our practice.

Most mornings, with the exception of a solo day will include meditation instruction and scheduled periods of sitting meditation, interspersed with walking meditation outdoors. Progressive guidance will be offered on the four foundations of mindfulness, including mindfulness of the body, feeling tone, thoughts and Dharmas (inquiry into the nature and process of experience).

In the afternoons there will be no structured sitting times but rather an open schedule to sit when one is called to sit and to walk when one is moved to walk. Evenings will include a Dharma talk or question session as well as further opportunity for practice.

Each day there will be the option for individual guidance and there will also be a few open groups sessions during the retreat in which to discussions one’s practice. The retreat will include one solo day when participants will have the whole day free to be on the land. To support the deepening of mindfulness the retreat will move into silence after the first few days apart from group and individual meetings.

We envisage holding an optional ceremony marking the dark of the year and the returning of the light in the midst of the rtereat.

You shall ask
What good are dead leaves
And I will tell you
They nourish the sore earth.
You shall ask
What reason is there for winter
And I will tell you
To bring about new leaves.
You shall ask
Why are the leaves so green
And I will tell you
Because they are rich with life
You shall ask
Why must summer end
And I will tell you
So that the leaves can die.
—Nancy Wood

Rupert Marques has practised in the Insight Meditation tradition for over 20 years in Asia, America and Europe. He principal teachers have been Christina Feldman and Joseph Goldstein, and the work of Toni Packer has been influential on his practice and teaching. Rupert currently holds the Nature-Based Practice strand of work at Ecodharma.
“I am interested in how we come to find our place, our sense of purpose and belonging in the times we are living through; how we meet the magnitude of the challenges we face in a manner that calls forth our integrity, our passion and even our gratitude.”

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