A practice day, or even more so a residential weekend, is an ideal opportunity to take our sitting experience a little further than the usual daily sitting, to allow our mind-body to settle and regain our sense of direction.
The day programme typically is around three and a half hours of zazen spread through the day, interspersed with some discussion around a topic that is useful in the actual practice of our life; tea and lunch breaks. Over a weekend, from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon, there may be a little more sitting, but the programme is deliberately simple and not too discursive.
It is not designed to be an arduous experience, but a gentle stretching of our ability to be attentive, to go beyond the usual limits of our everyday sitting. We may find ourselves discovering a little bit more of how we feel and think, perhaps some boredom- always useful- and maybe even a little more groundedness and clarity.
It is also a great opportunity to meet fellow practitioners- what we call our 'sangha', and share that sense of community for a period.
Here are the dates for 2020
Day: Sunday March 22, The Drawing Room, 10 Heritage Courtyard
Weekend residential: Thursday May 7- Sunday 10, Hilfield Friary, Dorset, price £110
Day: Sunday July 19, The Drawing Room
Day: Sunday September 13, The Drawing Room
Weekend residential: Thursday November 12 - Sunday 15, Hilfield Friary, Dorset, price £110
To find out more or to book a place on any event, please email me on email@example.com, or you can phone me on 01749 670193.
Following on from last year's programme, we are continuing with practice days and the two residential retreat weekends. See below for the dates and venues
The weekly programme continues at The Drawing Room, Unit 4, 10 Heritage Courtyard, Sadler St, Wells BA5 2RR.
Sunday mornings 9.00 - 10.00am;
First Sunday of every month, double sit- 9.00 -10.00am, then tea followed by 10.30 - 11am.Come along to either one or both.
Monday evenings: 7.45 - 9.30pm including discussion.