For the summer retreat, Alistair and the team are guiding the practice of silent sitting, so beloved by so many traditions but so often plagued with obsessive thinking and physical pain.
Drawing on the somatic teachings of Reggie Ray, Alistair will be leading us to find a way to sit within the "field of the body" and let troublesome thoughts float away. In this easy and open way of sitting we can experience a level of stability and peace that many of us find shockingly new and unexpected.
This is a course suitable for beginners but also for those of us who have been practicing for many years, but feel stuck in a meditative 'dead-end'. Working from a simple but profound understand of how the body is our greatest friend and the basis for our practice, the course will develop a sitting practice that can revolutionise our understanding of what 'meditation' really is, and lead to a lasting and palpable change in the way we experience the world and how we hold this unique life of ours.
You can book and pay for your place here - but you will need to book your accommodation separately on the Holy Island website.
This autumn’s Mindsprings retreat is again looking at the subject of compassion.
Right at the heart of Buddhist practice is the quality of warm connection that is labelled - rather dauntingly - the “awakening heart”. Often we can get caught up into concept and ideas about how this compassionate heart "should" be. But approaching these bodhicitta practices from an embodied, here-and-now place makes them seem surprisingly natural and spontaneous.
Alistair who studies with Reggie Ray is teaching the embodied version of some classic ‘awakening heart’ practices and keeping the compassion warm and vital, rather than heavy and conceptual. Previous Autumn retreats have been both loving and powerful.
We would like to keep this retreat for practitioners who have some experience of a Mindsprings course or have some preferably embodied meditation practice. It’s not really suitable for complete beginners.