Real But Not True
with Derek Rasmussen
& Natalie Karneef
Sept 21st - Sept 26th
Buddhist doctrine sometimes seems to convey the message that all experience is just an illusion. Does this mean that personal suffering or social injustice are not real? Is illness just 'our karma'?
Using contemplative writing, creative visualization, and meditations from Western and Buddhist traditions, Natalie and Derek and the group will explore the Real and the True with Dharma, laughter and open-heartedness.
Being Silent, Being Here
with Lisa Cowen
Sep 28th - Sep 30th
In this retreat we will use classic Buddhist texts and meditations and direct personal experience, as well as some practical overview and relevant storytelling about the retreat process itself. The aim is to have an immersive experience in a genuine forest retreat setting, while building a foundation of familiarity and understanding. We will develop skills for making the most of individual or group retreats - from preparation, to being here, to transitioning back to regular life. It is intended to be a non-sectarian, and widely applicable introduction for people who already have some experience with meditation.
Life ~ Moves... An Art and Movement Weekend
with Mala Sikka
& Gaia Orion
Oct 5th - Oct 7th
Moving our body and playing with various art medium we will work indoors and outdoors using the natural mind and the natural environment as our teachers.
This course will increase our vitality and joy of living, giving us a sense of freedom of expression that can allow us to move on from our old dusty habits that wear us out. To do this course no previous movement or art skills are necessary simply an interest to explore.