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A one-day online retreat with Esther Slattery and River Wolton

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This retreat will take place online, using Zoom; details about accessing the retreat will be provided to all those who register

Both beginners and experienced meditators are welcome

This day retreat will offer a grounding in the practices of mettā (loving-kindness, friendliness) and self-compassion as foundations for beginning to turn towards the learning, honesty, openness and questioning of assumptions that help us to stand, speak and act in solidarity with others. We acknowledge that the term ‘allyship’ is not perfect, but it can offer a functional framework to make sure that no-one is left out or left behind. There will be guided meditations, reflections from the teachers and opportunities for discussion. All are warmly welcome.

The on-line Dharma hall will be open all day but you will not need to spend time in front of the screen during meditations and the lunch break. At the beginning of the day there will be an online 'waiting room' which will open 15 minutes before the start of the retreat.

We strongly encourage you to attend for the whole day and as far as possible to keep the day clear of other commitments.

Esther Slattery is a black Londoner, mother of two, mindfulness teacher, nurse and psychotherapist; with special interest in trauma, identity and wellbeing (equality and inclusion). She has practised meditation as taught by the Buddha since 1980s through the Triratna Tradition, and in the last 5 years through the Insight Meditation Tradition. She teaches Mindfulness in the NHS and in the community, and is a graduate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

River Wolton is white, London-born and has lived in or near Sheffield for thirty years. She has practised Insight Meditation since 2000, is co-founder of Sheffield Insight Meditation, a graduate of the Gaia House Community Dharma Leadership programme, and currently in teacher training with Bodhi College. She is co-founder of Out Aloud Sheffield’s LGBT choir and has a background in LGBTQ+ activism.

About Tickets

Please book a place using either a Contribution Ticket or a Freely Given Ticket- either option results in a ticket.

This retreat is offered on a donation basis. We very much appreciate donations to cover Sheffield Insight's ongoing administrative costs for website, Zoom, insurance etc and suggest between £5 and £12 depending on your means. (Eventbrite fee of 2% will be taken from within donation) The freely given ticket is available for anyone unable to pay. No-one will be excluded for financial reasons.

Your ticket does not include any contribution for the teachings. Dana can be offered separately via the link in the dana information below


We request that people book places for themselves. If you are booking for yourself and someone else you must make a separate booking for each person, with an email address for each


Dana can be translated as cultivating generosity or giving. The teachers who lead our retreats receive any ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses but do not receive any payment for their teaching. However they are happy to receive voluntary contributions from participants in the events they lead. These offerings are traditionally called dana. Most of our teachers depend on dana for most or all of their livelihood.

Our teachers are following an ancient tradition, offering teachings freely just as they received them freely from a previous generation of teachers. In this way the dharma (the teachings of the Buddhist tradition) is not made an object of commerce, and the relationship between teacher and student is based upon trust, freedom, and mutual generosity.

If you attend one of our events and appreciate what the teacher has offered, we warmly invite you to make whatever contribution you feel appropriate. If you do so, you will be making a vital contribution to their livelihood and helping them to continue teaching on this generous basis, particularly in situations where people cannot afford to pay anything.

Link to offer dana to River and Ether:

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Cancellation and Refunds - full refunds will be offered for cancellation up to the day before the event. If you find that you are no longer able to attend, please cancel as soon as possible, to free up a place for someone else. Thank you.

Link to getting started with Zoom (online platform)

Link to Sheffield Insight Meditation website

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