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Retreat Dharma Talks

The Heart of Wisdom and Compassion

The Buddha's teachings offer a pathway to discover peace, freedom and the compassionate heart. Through understanding the nature of things, we can come to know what it means to awaken in the midst of our life: to be deeply connected to our experience, and yet not bound by it, to be deeply touched by our world and able to respond to it.

This silent retreat focusses on cultivating a quality of conscious presence that embraces our heart, mind and body with acceptance and wisdom. Insight meditation practice are supported by full instructions, loving-kindness meditation and meetings with the teachers. All are welcome.

2023-03-28 (6 days) Gaia House

2023-03-29 Morning Instructions 48:43
River Wolton
Grounding, Settling, and Growing Roots: gentle qi gong; sensing into the space around us; finding an easeful and wakeful posture; vagus nerve soothing practice; returning to the anchor.
2023-03-29 Evening Dharma Talk 47:20
River Wolton, Julia Wallond
Encouraging ourselves after the first day of the retreat; an introduction to the hindrances.
2023-03-30 Afternoon Guided Meditation 28:29
River Wolton
Opening to a field of friendliness; vagus nerve soothing practice; warmth towards another being and oneself.
2023-03-30 Evening Dharma Talk - The Story of Ptolemy the Tortoise and Mettā 46:24
River Wolton
Obstacles to uncovering mettā; ways of responding to obstacles; supportive pathways in leaning towards mettā.
2023-03-31 Morning Instructions - Creative Approches to Thoughts and Thinking 53:10
River Wolton
An exploration of thoughts that lead towards and away from non-harming and compassion; short guided practice; further silent practice.
2023-04-01 Afternoon Guided Meditation 28:06
River Wolton
Mettā for another and oneself, expanding to all phenomena.
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