Urban Retreat Days | Saturday's fortnightly | 9am - 1pm (AEDT)
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Saturday 19th December 2020
Led by Timothea Goddard
Befriending the mind as a piece of nature
“….you might awake one morning and find that nature is a part of you, literally internal to your being. You would then treat nature as you would your lungs or kidneys. A spontaneous environmental ethics surges forth from your heart, and you will never again look at a river, a leaf, a deer a robin, in the same way.”
Ken Wilbur, A Brief History of Everything
Meditation offers us a way of appreciating and investigating the little piece of nature that is encased in our bodies, and how this organism creates a sense of “self” out of interaction with the broader world. In this retreat, we will approach our experience as a bit of nature, and find out how to re-ignite a sense of belonging to the planet and more clarity about our place within it.
We want to be inclusive, but this day of practice will suit people with some experience and knowledge of mindfulness practice - for example like the learning that happens in an eight-week program. So if you have some experience of practice - do feel free to register (even if you haven't done MBSR, MBCT or MiCBT.) If you haven't done any mindfulness training yet, have a look at the MBSR page to find a course near you. This will be a better fit, than leaping into a retreat day.
Some feedback from our first online retreat:
"A week has gone by since your life-enhancing retreat. I am so impressed that you made it feel like a real retreat, with all the important elements, even the personal conversations. I love all your mindfulness of body practices which combine elements of other fine traditions to create a dynamic experience of moving and stretching, which the body adores. The whole day created a wonderful sense of peacefulness and spaciousness, in the midst of all that is happening globally."
"Gratitude Tim, and everyone, This is lovely. Feels very grounding, and the weirdness is offset by seeing your familiar face and hearing your voice."
"I got so much out of the day. I’m surprised myself. Once I got over the feeling of sadness of missing being in a retreat together with the warmth & connectedness that comes with that, I realised how much is the same - a warm and engaging host, great content, familiar teachings from my previous MBSR courses - there is a warmth and connectedness that comes with those things."