The intention of this retreat will be to replenish ourselves with the support of the Buddha’s teachings of awareness and discernment. To connect with nature as well as nourish and attune to ourselves. To renew our capacity for opening to and aligning with the flow of changing conditions.
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 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.
Covid 19 Measures
We have put into place protocols to enable necessary measures for sanitising, hygiene and social distancing at Hill Cottage to be carried out with a view to keeping us all safe and well. We will send detailed guidelines out after booking.
If you have any queries or concerns about this do contact Jeremy ahead of the weekend
Food and Accommodation
There will be an early supper on Thursday evening at 6.00. From Friday 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.
Generosity or Dana for the Teaching
The Dhamma teaching is freely given. We would ask Retreatants who wish to make a donation for the teaching, to offer it to Laura at the end of the retreat.
The cost for food and accommodation for the three days of practice has been worked out using the following categories:
- Standard rate of £220.00 to cover the basic residential cost of the three-day retreat.
- Sponsor rate of £250.00 to cover the basic cost and to help support those who would otherwise be unable to come.
- Supported rate of £190.00 for those with limited income
We would ask for a deposit of £80 to confirm your place.
If you would like more information or a booking form, please contact Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org