The Clarity Inherent in our Nature - with Laura Bridgman

The Clarity Inherent in our Nature

Laura Bridgman at The Barn retreat centre at SharphamDuring 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 or 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-judgmental 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.

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 9.00am and 11.00am

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: £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

Laura Bridgman

Laura Bridgman

Laura ordained as a Buddhist nun in the Theravada tradition in 1995. Her main teachers within this school have been Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Sucitto and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In 2015 she disrobed and currently follows the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path alongside her Vipassana (Insight) practice. Laura has been facilitating retreats since 2007, and her main teaching emphasis is the Buddha's teaching on the Five Spiritual Faculties (faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom).

Since March 2019 Laura has been receiving treatment for cancer, and endeavouring to learn from all this brings up.

Retreats & Events

All rooms are single occupancy.

How to book easily and securely:

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.

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