2018 Programme

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Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Weekend Residential

Description:

Meditation is a journey of bringing the mind into the heart. In this silent retreat we will practise mindfulness as well as loving kindness/compassion. Cultivating mindfulness has a profound effect on our day to day lives, as it helps to realise a sense of calm and stability within ourselves and in our relationships with others. The practice of loving kindness develops our capacity for kindness and non-contentiousness. The combination of mindfulness and loving kindness is a powerful way to learn to see deeply, open our hearts more fully, and act with clarity and compassion, in the quiet environment of the retreat as well as in the midst of our every-day lives. We reconnect with our inner sources of kindness and wakefulness.  The emphasis with this teaching style is that there is nothing we need to add to or take away from what is already here. With this knowledge, participants will be gently guided to a place of compassionate awareness.

The days will be spent mostly in silence, with guidance from the facilitator, and ample opportunity for feedback, in the group and/or in private conversations with the facilitator. There will be sitting meditation (sitting on a chair is totally fine) alternated wtih slow, walking meditation. Participants are encouraged not to bring reading or writing materials, and to switch off their mobile phones, so that they can immerse themselves in the practices, and come home to their innermost being. This retreat will be suitable for beginners and non-beginners, for people of all religious backgrounds or none, and offers an introduction to mindfulness and compassion practices, and a deepening for those who already practise meditation, in whatever form.

Outline:

The main focus of the weekend will be on the mindfulness practice in sitting and walking meditation, as well as in the other activities we engage in on the retreat, with extensive guidance by me but also time for individual practice.
The weekend will also include compassion practices (loving kindness/metta), again in sitting and walking meditation
We will also use other forms of mindful movement (very gentle, not yoga, suitable for all degrees of flexibility).
The periods of sitting are alternated with mindful movement, in the safe and supportive environment of Glenmalure, and in the silence. Participants are encouraged not to read or write during the retreat, and switch off their mobile phones.
There will be ample opportunity to go for walks.
I’ve been practising insight or mindfulness (also called ‘vipassana’) meditation since 1981, and have found it of enormous benefit in my life: in its ups and downs, and the in-between.
The metta or loving kindness practice has impacted on my relationships in various supportive ways, in particular the relationship with myself.
The practices I’ll be guiding don’t require one to have any particular belief system; it’s all intuitive and experiential what ‘happens’, a deepening of one’s inner listening and attunement.

Facilitator:

Marjo

Marjó Oosterhoff is manager and resident teacher of Passaddhi Meditation Centre in West Cork. She has been practising mindfulness and loving kindness meditation for over 25 years and has trained and practised in Western meditation centres as well as in Asian monasteries and nunneries. www.passaddhi.com

Location: Wilderness Lodge, Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow.

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Timing: Workshop runs from Friday evening, including dinner and evening session, until Sunday late afternoon.

Lodging: Rooms are shared accommodation as double (2 person) and quad (4 person) occupancy. A few single rooms are also available on a first come first served basis. Rooms are self catering with ensuite toilet w/shower and private entrance.

Cost: € 345 Single, € 295 Double shared, € 275 Quad shared

Food: Vegetarian food prepared by The Happy Pear

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