Laura Bridgman: Exploring the Brahma Viharas 6-11 July 2020

Connecting with Fundamental Well-being

The four Brahma Viharas are loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity. These are the Buddha’s primary heart teachings – different aspects of our heart’s innate capacity for love freed from personal attachment

We will explore the view attitude and qualities that bring forth these characteristics, looking at the conditions that support them as well as the obstacles or barriers that hinder them

They are a natural and innate potential but are usually obscured to some degree In this way we will discover their place in our practice and what effect and significance they have in our lives

The Retreat

The schedule for the retreat will include periods of silent meditation practice, inquiry exercises in groups of twos or threes contemplating specific questions related to this topic, and one-to-one interviews with Laura. Otherwise the retreat will be held in Noble Silence – not engaging in talking with others unless it is necessary.

Seven precepts, a practice of harmlessness, mindfulness and renunciation, will be held for the duration of the retreat. This will take place from the Opening Meditation until the afternoon of the last day to support inner contemplation.

Laura will give talks and guided meditations and make space for questions and comments within the group, from time to time. One-to-one interviews offer opportunities to discuss your practice and receive personal guidance.


Laura ordained as a nun with Ajahn Sumedho in 1995 and was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for eighteen years until she moved out to live as a solitary nun in 2010. Over the past ten years she has spent extended periods of time with the Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In 2015 Laura left the monastic tradition to pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path which incorporates both Buddhist and Sufi principles and practices.


Day of Arrival 6 July

Arrive after 3.00pm

18.00 Supper

19.30 Introductory Talk


5.30   Wake up

6.15   Morning chanting, sitting meditation

7.15   Breakfast

8.00  8.40 Working period

9.00 – 11.45 Meditation, Talk, Inquiry Exercise, questions and comments

11.45 Lunch, free time, rest

14.00 – 17.00 Meditation, Talk, Inquiry Exercise, questions and comments

17.00 Light supper. Free time

19.30 Evening chanting. Talk


Saturday 4 May – Final Day

6.00 Wake up

6.45 Morning chanting, sitting meditation

8.15 Breakfast
9.00 – 11.00 Closing talk.

Generosity or Dana for the Teaching

The Dhamma teaching is freely given. Retreatants wanting to make a donation for the teaching, can offer it to Laura at the end of the retreat.

Food and Accommodation

From Saturday morning, we will provide a simple breakfast of porridge at 7.15. There will be a vegetarian main meal at lunchtime and a light supper at 5.00pm. Teas, coffee and soft drinks will be available during the day. Accommodation is in single rooms. We will provide bedding, bed linen and towels.

The cost for food and accommodation for the seven days of practice has been worked out using the following categories:

  • Standard rate of £280.00 to cover the basic residential cost of the seven-day retreat.
  • Sponsor rate of £330.00 to cover the basic cost and to help support those who would otherwise be unable to come.
  • Supported rate of £230.00 for those with limited income

We would ask for a deposit of £100 to confirm your place. There are 12 places on this retreat

If you would like more information or a booking form, please contact Jeremy at