So I meditate - what now? - with Frank Uyttebroeck

So I meditate…what now?

When we enter the Buddhist path, we often start meditating diligently…okay, somewhat diligently, maybe. After a while, we start to feel the effect of the practice. Our minds begin to quieten down, we start to get in touch with our inner world, both beautiful and difficult experiences. However, we do not meditate for meditation’s sake. There has to be a way to take everything we learned on the cushion out there, into the world. Into our daily lives.

During this retreat - with its unique schedule and atmosphere - we will look within ourselves, exploring how Buddhist practice already influences the way we approach ourselves and the world around us. We will also explore new ways of integrating the results of our practice and the practice itself into our daily lives. Maybe, just maybe, we might find that freedom can be found in life itself and that an integrated way of practising offers an opportunity for ultimate liberation.

Through guided meditations, private interviews, talks and group meetings we will look at how to enhance the qualities necessary for developing meditative well-being and look at what prevents these states from infusing our meditative process.

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.

Frank Uyttebroeck

Frank Uyttebroeck

Frank Uyttebroeck is a dharma teacher at the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles, representing Against the Stream in Europe as core teacher at ‘tegen de stroom in’ in the Netherlands. When not teaching dharma classes or leading Buddhist retreats in Europe and the US, Frank also works as a palliative caregiver and personal counselor.

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All rooms are single occupancy.

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