This course is now fully booked.
Starting with supper at 6pm on Friday and ending on Sunday in time to catch the 2.35pm train. You are welcome to arrive any time after 2pm on Friday afternoon.
Take time out from your busy life for a gentle and relaxing weekend of meditation. Over the weekend you will have the opportunity to practise two types of meditation; Mindfulness (Samatha- focussed awareness) and Pure Awareness also called Just Sitting (Vipassana – broad awareness). Although it is based on these two ancient types of Buddhist meditation, Samatha and Vipassana, the Buddhism will be kept low profile and the weekend will be guided so will suit complete beginners and also more experienced meditators who would like a gentle and relaxing weekend meditating with others. The meditation will be interspersed with other things such as sharing, advice on dealing with any difficulties that arise and the chance to ask questions.
Friday evening will start with introductions to each other and to the weekend. We will then have a short meditation before epilogue.
On Saturday morning there will be an optional early mindfulness walk, before joining the community for morning worship. After breakfast the morning will focus on mindfulness meditation and will include time for sharing and some input on dealing with difficulties and hindrances. After lunch there will be an opportunity to go for a walk or have free time for a nap or reading or anything you would like to do. After tea and homemade cake, there will be a session on broad awareness meditation including the opportunity to practise it.
There will be sessions after supper and on Sunday morning before the Hope Valley Local Meeting Meeting for Worship, but what exactly they consist of will depend on the group. The weekend will be rounded off with a short closing after lunch on Sunday.
The weekend will be led by Zee-Zee Heine who is a Quaker and a Buddhist and is an experienced meditation teacher.