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Emptiness and Joy (Part 1) with Mark Ovland
Sun 13 August 2017, 09:00 – 17:00 BST
As well as periods of sitting and walking meditation there will be reflections on the teachings and an opportunity for Q&A. The day will be held in silence.
Mark has been committed to spiritual practice since an experience in his mid-twenties opened his being to a wholly different sense of reality. In the years between then and now he has given himself to study and service, living first as a monk of the Ramakrishna Order then later as a coordinator at both the Barn Retreat and Gaia House. Mark is a founding trustee of Freely Given Retreats and a co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE). He has been a student of Rob Burbea since 2010.
Where are the days held?
The retreat days are held at Frome Steiner academy,
Park Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1EU
How much does it cost?
The price you pay covers the running of the event, the teachers offer their time freely in the tradition of Dana.
If you are able to pay the sponsor rate, you help those who are less able to attend to join us.
£10 standard rate
What is Dana?
The livelihood of most teachers depends wholly, or to a large extent, on the generosity and voluntary contributions from retreatants who value their guidance and wish to support the ongoing teachings of the Dharma. You will be given the opportunity to donate during the retreat.
Who can come?
All the retreats are suitable for beginners as well as those with experience of meditation practice.
We warmly welcome people of every age, ethnicity, cultural heritage and religious background, socio-economic group, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity to join us.
What should I bring?
Please bring anything you will need to be comfortable sitting, meditation cushions, pillows, a mat to sit on, a blanket etc. There are chairs available if you would like to sit on a chair.
We also ask attendees to bring a vegetarian dish to contribute to a shared lunch, which is held together and in silence.
What can i expect?
On the retreat, we ask you to arrive for registration between 9.15 – 9.45am. The retreat finishes around 5pm, and we ask that attendees commit to staying for the full day.
Each one-day retreat will be a day of sustained meditation, supported by an atmosphere of silence. The retreat is led by a teacher, and the structure of the day can vary. Typically the day includes periods of sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, and guidance on meditation provided by the teacher. Opportunities are provided to ask questions.