About our events
We offer a year-long program of events which explore insight meditation and related practices, values and teachings from the Buddhist tradition. These range in format from meditation days and weekends, courses for beginner and experienced students, study days, beginners evenings and also talks.
A typical meditation day programme include a brief introduction by the teacher followed by alternative periods of sitting and walking meditation, a talk about the teachings (Dharma talk) and a question and answer period. Other events are structured individually depending upon the theme and how the teacher prefers to work.
Meditation days are held in silence; this is a very powerful way to support the deepening of meditative calm and insight. Being together in this way allows us to explore a degree of solitude, while having the support of the group.
Do wear something you are comfortable to sit in, enough warm layers in cold weather as well as a mat/cushion if you prefer to sit on the floor. Chairs will be provided.
Our events are open to all, irrespective of religious or political beliefs, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or financial status. The only exception is that some events are unsuitable for beginners and this will be clear from the event description.
Looking after yourself
When attending our events please note that you are responsible for your own physical and psychological health. For example, if you have low blood pressure you may decide to sit if the teacher invites a period of standing meditation. If you have high blood pressure, it may be wise not to stretch your arms above your head during exercise sessions.
If sitting in meditation is physically difficult for you please let us know, either in advance or when you arrive at the event, and we will arrange for the teacher to give you some individual help in finding a suitable position for meditation. The teacher will help you to find a posture, sitting, lying or standing, which supports your meditation practice and also allows you the physical comfort you need. Please do not lie down during meditation periods or talks unless you have spoken with the teacher.