Self-practice Day Retreats

Self-practice days are a wonderful opportunity to develop your practice with the support of a like-minded sangha.

The day’s schedule is similar to the schedule followed at Gaia House: a simple programme, alternating between sitting and walking meditation, maintaining silence throughout the day.

The day is self-managed, there won’t be a teacher on site. It is suitable for people who have been to teacher-led retreats and are comfortable with silent practice. While the day is open to meditators from all traditions, we request that the silence and schedule are followed by all.

Occasionally we offer an introduction to self-practice day retreats. It is suitable for meditators that have some meditation experience and are looking for self-practice guidance. Let us know if you are interested in attending a lightly guided self-practice day.

Self-practice days take place at The Pales, a Quaker’s meeting house.

2018 Self-Practice Days at The Pales

11 March
8 April
27 May – Taught day retreat with Kirsten Kratz
8 July
12 Aug
9 Sept
14 Oct
12 Nov – Taught day retreat with Jaya Rudgard

By donation, to cover room hire and wood for the wood burner.

We ask that you contribute £10 if at all possible. Self-practice day retreats attendance fluctuates from one retreat to the next. Any money left over is kept aside so that we are always able to cover the room-hire fee.

You do not need to pre-book self-practice day retreats but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share.

9.30 doors open
10.00 – silence starts
10.00 – 10.45am sitting
10.45 – 11.30am walking
11.30 – 12.15pm sitting
12.15 – 1.00pm walking
1.00 – 2.00pm shared vegetarian lunch (please bring a dish to share)
2.00 – 2.45pm sitting
2.45 – 3.30pm walking
3.30 – 4.00pm sitting
4.00 – 4.30pm reflection/mindful-speaking
4.30 – silence ends
5pm doors close

…Go and just sit quietly and take care of the heart. We need to do that sometimes.
Ajahn Candasiri