A place in which to meditate
In the words of our retreatants
- The Barn is truly a gem to be experienced: if you have never meditated, this is the place to learn; if you have never done gardening, this is the place to learn the joys of feeling the soil as you dig up your vegetables for the day's meals; if you have never been one with nature or had the opportunity to connect to this wonderful planet, then this is the place to come.
- Beverley (60), director of BNI
The weekly schedule at the Barn is thoughtfully designed to provide opportunities for both individual reflection and group meditation. It is important that you are willing to participate in working on the land as part of your mindfulness practice (we can easily find suitable tasks for people with health difficulies) and that you can commit to all the scheduled activities during the week - this includes three 40 minute meditation sittings each day.
Note that we hold silence from 9pm to 9am each day, and all day Wednesday.
|Saturday||Monday - Friday|
|7:30||Morning tasks||Morning tasks|
Depart any time between 9.00 and 12:00
(unless staying for further week)
Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri - Silence ends with house meeting; quiet mindfulness begins.
Wed - Continuous silence throughout the day.
Working on the land / mindfulness practice
Thurs 11.30 - meditation Q&A
|12:20||Meditation (guided on Mon and Tues)|
Arrive between 2.00 and 4.00pm
Time for personal practice:
reflection, reading, listening to talks on CD, walking, conversation with like minded people. Or just slowing down and developing a greater appreciation of each moment....
Mon / Tue / Thur 5.00 - 6.00 - Teaching / Q&A;
Wed Personal practice; Fri - Guided metta meditation
|18:00||Light evening meal provided||Light evening meal prepared individually or together|
Mon - Thurs meditation
Fri - Group sharing
|21:00||Silence starts||Silence starts|