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Coming home retreat - with Kaira Jewel Lingo

Coming home retreat

Coming Home: Showing Up for Ourselves, Showing Up for the World

“Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you. Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it. Go home and be there for all these things….” Thich Nhat Hanh

In this retreat we will learn to come home to the island within us that very much needs our care. We will learn to strengthen and apply mindfulness in all areas of our daily life, with ourselves, in our intimate relationships, workplaces, communities and in our actions in the world.

We will take time to fully experience our bodies, hearts and minds, through mindful breathing, walking, and eating, as well as mindful movement and sharing with others. We will learn more about how to nourish healing and wholesome mind-states, how we can cultivate joy, and care for our painful emotions. We will slow down and enter into quiet communion with ourselves, the environment, and each other. With the help of nature-based practices and the improvisational forms of Interplay-- an active and creative approach to unlocking wisdom of the body, appropriate for all bodies and abilities--we will dwell deeply in the present moment and live our lives to the fullest.  

The retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditation practitioners.

Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on activists, people of colour, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now a lay Dharma teacher based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, and offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and helped to start and develop Wake Up Schools, cultivating mindfulness in education. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. In spring 2015 and 2016, she was spiritual practitioner in residence at Schumacher College. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, she also practices and teaches in the Vipassana tradition, and is an affiliate teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC. She contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book, Real World Mindfulness, from Callisto Press. Visit kairajewel.com to learn more.

Our themed retreats are similar to standard retreats with extra teaching in the afternoons.

(Our programme of standard 6-night Barn Retreats continues as usual and can be viewed and booked here)

 

 

Themed retreat weeks have a tighter schedule and are more busy (ie allowing less free time) than our standard Six day retreats.

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 difficulties) and that you can commit to all the scheduled activities during the week. This includes three 30-40 minute meditation sittings each day.

Note that we hold silence from 9pm to 9am each day, and all day Wednesday.

Barn themed retreat schedule

Sunday: Arrive between 14.00 and 16.00

16.30 Welcome talk, introductions and tour

17.30 Guided meditation

18.30 Light evening meal. Then settling in

21.00 Silence starts

Monday to Friday:

This is a generic guide and will be adjusted to meet each teacher's needs.

Mornings Afternoons
6.20 – Wake up 13.00 – Lunch
6.50 – Meditation 14.00 – Personal time
7.30 –  Household tasks 14.30 – Teaching
8.00 – Breakfast 17.00 – Meditation 
9.00 – Silence ends, house meeting (except Wednesday) 18.00 – Light supper prepared individually or in groups
10.30 – Mindful gardening (except Wednesday) 19.00 – Meditation (Some guided)
12.20 – Meditation (Some guided)  21.00 – House moves into silence until 9.00am the next day

Saturday:  As above until 8.00 - silence ends at breakfast.

Then room clear and depart between 9.00 and 12.00

These retreats will take place at the Barn Retreat Centre, with superb views over the River Dart. They include full board with delicious home-cooked vegetarian food. Click here for directions.

Cost: £330 plus dana*

Dana is the Pali word for generousity or donation. The teachers are receiving only a small payment for teaching at The Barn and are generously giving their energy and understanding to us all. Please consider giving a donation to teachers for themed retreats.

Limited bursaries are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the Barn team for more details at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to apply - [email protected], 01803 732661.

Kaira Jewel

Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on activists, people of colour, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now a lay Dharma teacher based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, and offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and helped to start and develop Wake Up Schools, cultivating mindfulness in education. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. In spring 2015 and 2016, she was spiritual practitioner in residence at Schumacher College. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, she also practices and teaches in the Vipassana tradition, and is an affiliate teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC. She contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book, Real World Mindfulness, from Callisto Press. Visit kairajewel.com to learn more.


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