Turning Towards with Dene Donalds
You are warmly invited to join us to gather as a community to support our practice of mindfulness, concentration and deep looking. Together we will be seeking positive ways of living in these times of political uncertainty, upheaval, and climate change.
How can we make a difference to our lives in the world we are living in, in the here and the now? Together we can create a living community of interbeing, finding ways to live together with compassion and insight to explore how we can contribute to a sustainable and peaceful world.
The retreat is appropriate for people at all experience levels or with no meditation experience.
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 9.00am and 11.00am
Cost: £340-£390 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.
Dene is a lay Ordained Dharma Teacher in the Zen Buddhist Tradition of Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh.
Dene offers Buddhist and mindfulness retreats across the UK and Europe, with a focus on engaged Buddhism and social action. He has been a student of Zen Buddhism since the mid-nineties and joined The Order of Interbeing in 2007.
He is based in the North of England where his work includes offering Buddhist chaplaincy within Prisons and Mental Health Hospitals.
All rooms are single occupancy.
How to book easily and securely:
- online on this page
- by phoning 01803 732542
- or by emailing [email protected]
If you've got any questions about this retreat, call The Barn team on 01803 732661 or email [email protected]
We’re not always in the office, so be prepared to leave a message saying when we could call you back.