NEW: Introduction to Buddhist Meditation Free 6 week course

Starting Wednesday 20th February 2019

Learn about the Buddha’s teachings on meditation, mindfulness and the path to a happier life
Venue: Friends Meeting House 23 Front Street, Monkseaton, NE25 8AQ (Directions here)

Insight (or Vipassana) Meditation has been practised since the time of the Buddha. Modern science is starting to recognise its numerous benefits, including greater happiness, more resilience and an improved ability to manage negative thoughts.


This informal and friendly class is suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators. Sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings  from 7-8.30 pm, and will include a guided practice, a short talk and the
opportunity to ask questions. If you’re interested in living a more awakened life, with greater peace of mind, come and learn some meditation skills. It isn’t necessary to be a Buddhist to take part and the practice doesn’t
involve any special beliefs or rituals.

Cost: the course is free to attend. There will be an opportunity to make a small donation to cover
the cost of hiring the venue.

To find out more call 07508 055643 or email walter@whitleybay.plus.com

NEW: Day Retreat: Working with Mindfulness of the Body

10.00 am – 4 pm on Saturday 19th January 2019  
Main Hall, Seaton Sluice Community Centre,
Albert Road, Seaton Sluice NE26 4QX 
 (directions here)

This free silent day retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators. We will practise simple meditation techniques together and learn about what Buddhist psychology teaches us about living a full life. The day is open to people of any religious affiliation or none.

Many people find that regular insight meditation practice can help make you happier, more resilient and less vulnerable to negative thought patterns. You are invited to join us and explore for yourself the support that
meditating with other people can bring.

To find out more call 07508 055643 or email walter@whitleybay.plus.com

Reflections on Kirsten Kratz weekend retreat

Some reflections on our recent Kirsten Kratz weekend retreat from Louise:

“The two day retreat facilitated by Kirsten Kratz was a welcome opportunity to refresh practice in a comfortable and welcoming setting at the Community Hall at Seaton Sluice. Kirsten guided the group through a range of meditations and consistently drew on the intrinsic interaction of mind and body through the breath alongside the dynamic process of loving kindness. The repeated emphasis on being grounded was a welcome reminder of the inner strength that we have available to us at all times.
Kirsten presented in a warm and unassuming way, and l appreciated her peaceful, gentle style. Thanks also to Walter Young for his part in organising and running the event, and to all those others who took part “.
Recordings of a guided sitting practice and two of Kirsten’s reflections from the weekend can be accessed or downloaded here.

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

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th Feb 2018

9.30am-5pm

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 walter@whitleybay.plus.com 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

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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

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9.30am-5pm

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 walter@whitleybay.plus.com or call 07508 055643

 

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation – Free evening course

bowlLearn about the Buddha’s teachings on meditation, mindfulness and the path to a happier life

Venue: Friends Meeting House 23 Front Street, Monkseaton, NE25 8AQ

Free 8 Week Evening Course Starting Thursday 16th February

This informal and friendly class is suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators. Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings from 7-8.30 pm, and will include a guided practice, a short talk and the opportunity to ask questions. If you’re interested in living a more awakened life, with greater peace of mind, come and learn some meditation skills.

No previous experience required.

To find out more, call 07508 055643 or email walter@whitleybay.plus.com

Click here to download flyer with more information.

A Weekend of Mindfulness & Meditation in Rural Northumberland With Yanai Postelnik

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Yanai Postelnik has practised Insight Meditation and studied Buddhist teachings for over 25 years in Asia and the West. Since 1992 he has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats at Gaia House in Devon, elsewhere in the UK and around the world.

Saturday 17th September

9.30 am – 5 pm

Insight meditation day retreat: mindful presence, wisdom and compassion

Newton & Bywell Village Hall, Newton Village, near Stocksfield, NE43 7UL (map)

For further information, click here to read the event flyer

 

Sunday 18th September

9.30 am – 5 pm

Insight meditation and walking day retreat: an opportunity to cultivate mindfulness in the outdoor beauty of rural Northumberland

Starting from: Blanchland Village Hall, Blanchland DH8 9UA (map)

For further information, click here to read the event flyer

You’re welcome to join us for either one or both days. The cost of each day 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. At the end of the retreat, there will be an opportunity to practice Dana / Generosity to support the livelihood of the teacher.

For more information or to book a place for either day please email walter@whitleybay.plus.com or call 07508 055643

Reflections on Metta Weekend Retreat

View of the Upper Coquet Valley from bunkhouse

View of the Upper Coquet Valley from bunkhouse

The group met recently for our Metta focussed meditation weekend retreat in the beautiful Upper Coquet valley in rural Northumberland. A small group included a retreatant who had travelled from Sheffield to join us, so a welcoming conversation over dinner on friday evening was enjoyed by all. The arrangements for the retreat were planned collaboratively, followed by the establishment of silence for the remainder of the retreat. The programme over the weekend included dhamma talks from both Sharon Salzberg and Donald Rothberg, which explored metta from a led metta meditation through to ways to realise metta in everyday life. This was interspersed with periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as the opportunity for a longer nature walk in the beautiful, quiet Cheviot countryside right from the doorstep of the bunkhouse.

The weather wasn’t always kind to us, but the roaring log fire stove in the bunkhouse kept things warm and toasty for everyone.  Overall the weekend was appreciated by all who attended both for the opportunity to explore and meditate for a more extended period than possible outside of a formal retreat situation, and for the conducive peace, solitude and beauty of the retreat location. At the end of the weekend the drive out from the bunkhouse offered a wonderful opportunity for reflection on the messages and themes of the retreat and slow return back to the concerns of everyday life.

Meditation Retreat Weekend Final Arrangements

With just over a week to go, here are the directions and instructions for our silent retreat weekend in Northumberland:

Food
We’ll provide simple vegetarian food. Can you please let us know whether you have any dietary requirements or restrictions? We’re planning to bring fruit, cereal, porridge and bread for breakfast; soup, bread and cheese for lunch; a hot meal in the evening with some salad. There will be bottled water, coffee, tea and herbal teas.

Sleeping arrangements
We’d also like to remind you that the accommodation is on mezzanine floors, with separate male and female areas. You’ll need to bring your own bedding, including a sleeping mat or portable mattress. We have some spare bedding and mattresses, so please let us know if you need us to bring anything for you. We have uploaded an album of photos (click here) if you’d like to review the arrangements.

Meditation and yoga equipment
It would also be very helpful if you can bring your own meditation cushion or stool with you. Again, we have some spare cushions and yoga mats, so please get in touch if you need them.

Walks
There are a number of lovely walks around the area and we’ll bring some maps and walk guides, so you may want to take some walking boots and a waterproof coat.

Arrival
We can arrive any time from 3 pm on Friday and we aim to finish at noon on Sunday. We’ll have a meal ready at around 6.30 on Friday evening, but if you can’t get there in time we’ll save you some food!

Getting there
From Rothbury: Leave Rothbury on the B6341 heading west, passing through Thropton. At Flotterton Farm junction turn right, following the signposts to Alwinton. Pass through Harbottle, and Alwinton, continuing on the narrow single track road up the Coquet Valley for another 6 miles to Barrowburn Farm. The camping barn is up a track about 100 yards from the tearoom. For a Google Map click here.

Lift sharing
If anyone needs a lift or would like to offer a lift, please let us know. We are expecting 6-8 of us to be taking part.

If you have any questions, please email us (walter@whitleybay.plus.com) back or call on 07508 055643.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you and practising together.