May 9th – 12th, 2019

The Courage to Belong, a three day Insight Meditation retreat in Silence with Kirsten Kratz:

“How might we live life if we dared to really open our hearts to the truth of interdependence? What practices will help to uncover the beauty of an innate wisdom, an ever-deepening understanding of our interconnectedness with all of life? And how might such understanding change the very ways we perceive ourselves, others and the world? Through practices supporting kindness, insight and inquiry we will cultivate the heart’s capacity to open to the interconnected nature of all things in ways that nourish and empower, and that bring forth compassion and joy” ….. Kirsten

Insight Meditation connects us with our capacity to be 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. Wisdom born of seeing deeply into what is true reveals a natural freedom in life and a genuine love and compassion for others, for ourselves and for all of life.

This retreat will emphasise simply being present and opening to the way things are, as the ground of wellbeing and spiritual awakening. Amidst the pressures of modern living, meditation offers a direct pathway to discover inner peace, and cultivate a boundless open-hearted relationship to life. It will be an opportunity to engage in sustained meditation practice, in an atmosphere of silence. There will be sitting, walking and standing meditations, dharma teachings, group meetings with Kirsten and instructions on bringing awareness to every part of our experience. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

 Kirsten Kratz has practiced Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. She started teaching in 2006. 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 and teaches retreats with SanghaSeva combining Dharma practice and Service.

The Cost

For dormitory accommodation, including bedlinen, towels, use of the facilities etc and vegetarian food (organic where possible) & refreshments, and a contribution toward Kirsten’s travel expenses is £220. The teachings will be offered on a donation basis (Dana) and are not included in the price of the retreat.

Kirsten is giving her time, energy and wisdom freely. You will have the opportunity to show your appreciation of this at the end of the retreat, when you will be able to make a donation.

To offer and receive without a price helps us to cultivate trust in life and to connect with generosity as a spiritual value.

How to register

To register please email us (via the box below);  we will answer you by sending a booking form for you to complete and return to us. Please also send a non-refundable non-transferable deposit payment of £110 to secure your place. If you would prefer to pay by cheque please make it payable to Roz Robinson and send it to the address below or you can make a bank transfer to: Retreat to Gayles,  A/c no. 22322354     Sort code 23-05-80       Metro Bank, Eastbourne  IBAN no. GB16MYMB23058022322354   SWIFT reference MYMBGB2L  We will confirm your registration with you when we have received your form and payment.

We ask that you pay the balance of £110 no later than three weeks before the retreat starts. Please note that we are not able to send you reminders for the second payment. 

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