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Insight meditation weekend retreat: The mystery of being human with Kirsten Kratz

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th Feb 2018


Main Hall, Seaton Sluice Community Centre,

Albert Road, Seaton Sluice NE26 4QX

For further information, click here to read the event flyer

This non-residential weekend retreat will offer the chance to practice Insight Meditation together in silence. Insight Meditation is rooted in the 2600 year-old Buddhist tradition and has a deep and immediate relevance to our lives today. It is the ground from which the teaching and practice of Mindfulness has been drawn, and is open and accessible to people of any religious affiliation or none.

On our weekend together we will explore what it might mean to abide wholeheartedly in the beauty and challenges of our experience, to realize our connection with all things, and to know a more embodied life that can trust the potential and mystery of being human.

Please note that this is a weekend silent retreat with the learning and exploration developing over a two-day trajectory. We are therefore only inviting bookings from participants who are willing to attend both days.

Kirsten Kratz has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. In 2006 she started to teach and since 2008 teaches group retreats
in Gaia House where she also supports those on personal retreat. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time; she is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE).

Cost: the retreat cost is £40 for 2 days. This charge is to cover the basic cost of organising the retreat,including hiring the hall and the teacher’s travel expenses, but does not include any payment for the teaching. In the Insight Meditation tradition, Dharma teachings are offered without charge and participants are invited to support  the teacher in the spirit of generosity – know as “dana” in the tradition. At the end of the retreat, there will be an opportunity to practice Dana / Generosity to support the livelihood of the teacher. Hot drinks will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch. Places are limited so we encourage booking in advance.

For more information or to book a place for either day please email or call 07508 055643

Sanghaseva – DANCE Midsummer Work Retreat

One of our fellow sanghas is organising a Midsummer work retreat which may be of interest to you.


Working Towards a Sustainable Future at CAT, mid Wales, UK

18 – 23 June, 2017

This work retreat offers us the opportunity to nourish and express our care for life on Earth and our wish for a more sustainable world. A chance to combine working outdoors with silen


Click here to download flyer for more information

t reflection, meditation and listening practice.

The retreat is open to all, those new to meditation as well as those with experience; meditation instructions will be given. Also the work will be arranged so people with a range of abilities will have a place on this retreat.

We will stay in one of CAT’s two Eco Cabins and work onsite to support the community in whatever way is most helpful. Vegetarian lunch and dinner will be provided by CAT’s vegetarian wholefood restaurant, while breakfast will be self-catering.

The full cost of the retreat is £230, we will again offer an “early bird” discount; if you pay in full before 1 March 2017 the retreat will cost £212.

This covers accommodation in the Eco Cabins, all food from the first evening meal (of the day the retreat starts) to the last lunchtime (of the day the retreat finishes), and travel expenses for the retreat facilitator/teacher.

If you are interested in this retreat register your interest to receive more information.

Insight meditation day retreat: Awakening Wisdom, Peace and Joy – with Zohar Lavie

untitledSunday 14th May 2017


Main Hall, Seaton Sluice Community Centre,

Albert Road, Seaton Sluice NE26 4QX

For further information, click here to read the event flyer

Also known as “Vipassana,” Insight Meditation is rooted in the 2600 year-old Buddhist tradition and has a deep and immediate relevance to our lives today. It is the ground from which the teaching and practice of  Mindfulness has been drawn, and is open and accessible to people of any religious affiliation or none. Insight Meditation connects us with our capacity to be mindfully present in each moment, with a warm and open-hearted attention to every experience. From this quality of being present, our heart and mind can awaken to a depth of peace and clarity, which liberates us from the power of craving, negativity and confusion.

The meditation practices of Insight and Metta (goodwill or loving kindness) are powerful transformative vehicles that connect us with our potential to awaken to ever deepening levels of love and wisdom in life. We will explore our capacity to welcome each moment with a kind and spacious attention, to nourish a sense of wellbeing and joy, and to deepen our understanding of ourselves and all beings. As we open to the way things are, we can relax more deeply into life, rediscovering the natural inner peace and freedom of our human hearts.

Zohar Lavie has been practising meditation in different traditions since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva. She now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path around the world. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.

Cost: the retreat cost is £20. This charge is to cover the basic cost of organising the retreat including hiring the hall and the teachers travel expenses, but does not include any payment for the teaching. In the Insight Meditation tradition, dharma teachings are offered without charge and participants are invited to support the teacher in the spirit of generosity – know as “dana” in the tradition. At the end of the retreat, there will be an opportunity to practice Dana / Generosity to support the livelihood of the teacher. Places are limited so we encourage booking in advance. Hot drinks will be provided. Please bring vegetarian finger food to share, for a communal lunch. Thank you.

For more information or to book a place for either day please email or call 07508 055643


New Website Launched

LotusBullet Today sees the launch of this new website to support our Meditation Group, Insight North East. Insight North-East is a group based in Whitley Bay, set up to create a supportive environment in which members can practice mindfulness and develop insight. Our aim is to support each other in the practice and understanding of the teachings of the Buddha, and we have established a friendly, supportive community. The group practises insight meditation (also known as vipassana meditation) as taught in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition and we welcome anyone who has made a commitment to regular meditation practice.

You do not have to be a Buddhist to join our group. Insight North East is a non-dogmatic, secular group in which the ambience that we develop when we come together helps us to grow and maintain our practice, bringing the Eightfold Path into our day-to-day lives and keeping us going when difficulties arise. Much of our learning happens not in the solitude of our meditative practice, but in the relationships we form with each other.