The next weekend retreat, entitled Awakening the Heart, is on 14-16 June 2024 with Dharma teachers are Zohar Lavie & Nathan Glyde.
Metta (friendliness or loving-kindness) connects us with our potential to awaken to deepening levels of love and wisdom. It transforms our relationship with others and ourselves, and helps us bring the Dharma into all areas of life.
On this retreat we will explore our capacity to welcome each moment with a kind and spacious attention, to deepen our understanding of how experience is shaped, and to nourish a sense of wellbeing beyond conditions and circumstances.
On retreat we meet our embodied presence and through movement and stillness, in dialogue and silence, being inside and out, we can be nourished and resourced.
A weekend away with time to rest, time to digest, time to touch our aliveness. Time for what we might need.
On each day there will be movement and meditation practice sessions, enquiries and reflections, time to rest/go for a walk, opportunities to meet the teachers individually, and an hour of karma yoga (helping with tasks in the house).
Much of the weekend will be in silence, but not all.
We are happy to find a retreat centre that aligns with our values of providing a simple, sustainable and accessible environment that supports us on the path. La Maison du Chemin des Roches is situated in Dongelberg, a rural setting about 45 minute drive from Brussels. The two buildings of the house can accommodate about 28 people in single, double and triple rooms, with plenty of shared bathrooms. Please note that single rooms are offered first to those who need it due to health reasons. The shared rooms all have single beds. There is a beautiful, light and spacious practice hall. Delicious, healthy vegetarian food is cooked on-site.
A registration fee is requested that covers our basic needs (costs of renting La Maison and having our meals cooked for us over the weekend). The registration fee for a shared room is 180 euros and for single occupency is 220 euros.
None of the registration fee goes directly to the teacher(s), so participants are asked to make a financial contribution to them. This follows the inspiring tradition that cannot put a price on priceless teachings, that promotes solidarity as a sustainable economic model, and gives us an opportunity to practice generosity. Read more about the tradition of dana here.
“From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.” Thich Nhat Hanh