Themed 6-night Barn retreats
A run of themed 6-night Barn retreats to nurture ourselves and find joy with others,
Our themed retreats are similar to standard retreats (which you can see & book here)
Deepening Meditation retreat with Suvaco: This is a retreat specifically for developing Samadhi practice. Samadhi is a Pali word that encompasses the wellbeing, ease and joy that comes from deepening into the qualities of bliss, peace and clarity that arise from meditative stillness.
Sunday 16 - Saturday 22 April, 2017
Movement and Stillness with Jess Stein: Inspired by the rhythms of nature we will use gentle and playful movement practices to explore the organic rhythms of the body and reveal the original clarity of the mind.
Sunday 25 June - Saturday 1 July, 2017
Honouring Our Ancestors retreat with Dene Donalds: This retreat is open to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity (BAME) members of all Buddhist traditions. We will offer participants an opportunity to be together with others who may have experienced similar paths and experiences as fellow BAME practitioners.
Sunday 16 - Saturday 22 July, 2017
Men's retreat: This is a retreat for men-only, following the schedule of our six-night retreats.
Sunday 30 July - Saturday 5 August, 2017
Women's retreat: This is a retreat for women-only, following the schedule of our six-night retreats.
Sunday 6 - Saturday 12 August, 2017
For the Benefit of All, with Kyira Korrigan: This retreat looks at how – as ordinary people, with this body, this mind, these problems – we can incline our intentions in everything we do towards an unsurpassable level of kindness and understanding.
Sunday 17 - Saturday 23 September, 2017
Loving Yourself, Loving the world, with Ramiro Ortega: This retreat is an opportunity to explore what loves means to you and how to help it grow in your life.
Sunday 22 - Saturday 28 October, 2017
Making Less the Suffering - with Ajahn Jutindharo: This retreat looks at how – as ordinary people, with this body, this mind, these problems – we can incline our intentions in everything we do towards an unsurpassable level of kindness and understanding.
Sunday 19 - Saturday 25 November, 2017
The Clarity Inherent In Our Nature, with Laura Bridgman: This meditation retreat is an opportunity to expand awareness and connect to the clarity and discernment that is inherent in our nature.
Sunday 10 - Saturday 16 December, 2017
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||13.00pm – 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: £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.
The Barn: Natural Movement and Stillness Retreat (with Jess Stein) - 6 nights
The Barn: Honouring our Ancestors (with Dene Donalds) - 6 nights
The Barn Meditation Retreat for Men Only - 6 nights
The Barn Meditation Retreat for Women Only - 6 nights