The Clarity Inherent in our Nature - with Laura Bridgman
The Clarity Inherent in our Nature
During this retreat we will explore a natural gradual process of settling into a meditative state and inner connection based on the attitudes of relaxation and balance of mind and curiosity/natural interest.
Guidance will be offered in how to bring presence to our moment to moment experience rather than a concentration meditation – in order to encourage a quality of intention that is open, non judgemental and receptive. Within this context we will contemplate ‘Right View’, that all of our experience can be understood, in a direct experiential way, as a process of cause and effect.
This practice enables an awareness of our mental and emotional activity that is beyond the content of our life situation - an awareness that is clear, knowing, joyful and compassionate. Our senses become enhanced, as does insight into and understanding of what is arising internally and externally.
This meditation retreat is an opportunity to expand awareness and connect to the clarity and discernment that is inherent in our nature.
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.
|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
Cost: £285 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.
Laura Bridgman (Kovida)
Kovida ordained as a Siladhara (a 10 Precept Nun) with Ajahn Sumedho in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah in 1995, and she was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist monasteries for 18 years until she moved out of the monastic setting to live independently as a nun from 2010 until 2015. She has spent extended periods of time with the Burmese Vipassana teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya.
In 2015, Laura left the monastic tradition in order to pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) Training, which incorporates Buddhist and Sufi principles and practices.