Weekend Retreat for Mothers (2017)
I am delighted to be leading this annual weekend retreat for mothers at Taraloka, with a team of Buddhist mothers including Amaragita. It is open to all mothers and mothers-to-be with an interest in meditation and Buddhism.
This weekend will offer an opportunity to take time out and relax, away from immediate family demands. We will have meditation, talks, a workshop, small discussion groups and short periods of silence. You will be invited to contribute one simple task a day to help the retreat run smoothly and will be fed and looked after in the welcoming environment of Taraloka, with space in the programme to go for walks, catch up on sleep and chat to other mothers.
Twenty-two of my twenty-six years of Buddhist spiritual practice have been within the context of raising children, as a working mother and largely as a single parent. Long ago, I went beyond any lurking beliefs that being a proper Buddhist is only possible with acres of solitude and silence. I was inspired to write a book - A Path for Parents - for parents like me who were questioning how to make the Buddhism relevant and to practise effectively as a parent. I was keen that it would be ‘warts and all’ rather than present an idealised, soft focus view. I'm always touched when people tell me it resonates with their own experience and gives them confidence in their own spiritual practice.
Click on the link below for a two-minute video of me talking about writing A Path for Parents:
I have a strong conviction based on experience that the context of motherhood offers many invaluable opportunities for insight, heart-opening and personal and spiritual growth. This includes teachings from small children to dwell with them in the here and now, opportunities for letting go and for responding creatively to not getting what we want. We will focus on the inherent opportunities and challenges of motherhood during the weekend.
Led by Karunagita and Amaragita
Level: Open to all
Cost: £50 booking fee plus suggested donations (taken at the end of the retreat) £85 (unwaged/in receipt of benefits) or £140 (waged)
For more information on cost and the 'dana' system click here: http://www.taraloka.org.uk/calendar-bookings/cost
|Retreat date||Friday, 6th October 2017 17:00|
|Retreat End Date||Sunday, 8th October 2017 15:00|
|Booking closes on||Wednesday, 4th October 2017|
|Booking fee (per person)||£50.00|
|Retreat Leader||Karunagita and Amaragita|
|Location||Taraloka Retreat Centre|