Laura Bridgman
​Loving kindness and Compassion
A Weekend Retreat
4-6 November 2022

Laura 2019 (2).jpg

Over this weekend we will contemplate and practice two key heart cultivations of Loving Kindness (metta) and Compassion.

Loving Kindness  is supported by being open-minded, being receptive, allowing, befriending, patience and endurance


Compassion  arises when these qualities of metta meet suffering with awareness.

The Retreat

The schedule for the retreat will include periods of  meditation practice, mindfulness body work and Dhamma talks with discussion. Otherwise the retreat will be held in Noble Silence – not engaging in talking with others unless it is necessary.

 

Outline Programme

Arrive Friday after 3.00pm and settle in

18.00 Supper

19.30 Introductory gathering and meditation

Saturday 

6:15am Wake-up bell

6:45 Sitting Meditation

7:30 Breakfast

8:15 – 9.15 Working Meditation

9:30 Reflections and Practice (sitting and walking
meditation, and mindful body exercises)

12:30pm Lunch

14:00 Body Exercises

14:30 -17:00 Reflections and Practice (sitting and
walking meditation)

17:00 Tea

19:00 Sitting Meditation and Dharma talk

21:00 Further Practice or Rest

Sunday

6:15am Wake-up bell

6:45 Sitting Meditation

7:30 Breakfast

8:15 – 9.15 Working Meditation

9:30 Reflections and Practice (sitting and walking
meditation, and mindful body exercises)

12:30pm Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Closing session

Laura

Laura ordained as a nun with Ajahn Sumedho in 1995 and was resident at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for eighteen years until she moved out to live as a solitary nun in 2010. Over the past ten years she has spent extended periods of time with the Burmese teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya. In 2015 Laura left the monastic tradition to pursue the Diamond Heart (Ridhwan) spiritual path which incorporates both Buddhist and Sufi principles and practices.


Generosity or Dana for the Teaching

The Dhamma teaching is freely given. Retreatants wanting to make a donation for the teaching, can offer it to Laura at the end of the retreat.

Food and Accommodation

The cost for food and accommodation for the weekend retreat is £180 the dhamma teaching is by donation (see below).   We would ask for a deposit of £80 to confirm your place.

We will provide a simple breakfast of porridge after early morning practice, a vegetarian main meal at lunchtime and a light supper in the early evening. Refreshments will be available during the day. Accommodation is in single rooms. We will provide bedding, bed linen and towels.

 

There are 12 places on this retreat

If you would like more information or a booking form, please contact Jeremy at info@hillcottageretreats.co.uk