Our thoughts and actions have consequences. That may seem obvious, yet we often don’t keep in mind this simple idea to live as happy and as positive lives as we might
Thomas Kelly, a modern Quaker mystic, says make God central and everything else will fall into place, but he says nothing about how to achieve this. The implication seems to be that we only have to decide to live a God centred life and it happens.
If only it were so easy!
In this long weekend we will explore what Buddhism says about Karma (thoughts and actions have consequences) and some of the many practical tools Buddhism provides to “live a God centred life,” including training the mind through meditation.
The weekend will include a variety of different meditations including mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is an extremely popular form of meditation as it has been much researched and shown to be effective at relieving stress, anxiety, guilt and other negative mental states. The meditation, (and whole weekend) is suitable for both experienced and beginner meditators and is a gentle rather than severe form.
There are also two periods of Quaker worship each day which participants are welcome to join if they wish.
You don’t have to be a Quaker or a Buddhist to enjoy this weekend.
The weekend will be led by Zee-Zee Heine who has been a Quaker all her life and a Buddhist for nearly 20 years. She is an experienced teacher of meditation, teaching in a variety of settings. She says, “I find the ideas of both Quakerism and Buddhism complement each other really well.”
If you have not visited us before you may be pleased to know that the community is based in an old building which is warm and comfortable. It has 11 acres of its own grounds. The vegetarian food is always popular, and special diets can be accommodated.
The weekend will start with supper at 6 pm on Friday and end on Monday afternoon. You would be welcome to arrive any time after 3 pm on Friday afternoon. The cost for the whole weekend is on a sliding scale between £145 and £245 for the three days based on what you think is the right and fair amount to pay and what your income is.
For further details or for a booking form contact us.
Or you can download a booking form here
All our retreats take place at the Community. The cooking is vegetarian – for more about this see here. For details about the accommodation see here. We are very fortunate indeed to enjoy a beautiful location – see here (one day we will set up a slide show . . . or maybe not, it might spoil the surprise.