Nourishing Happiness Retreat 2013

“The peace and joy of the entire world
depends on our own peace and joy in this moment”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

**UPDATE: registration is now extended up to and including Wednesday 14th August**

We are delighted to invite you to a 3 day mindfulness retreat with the Wake Up UK community from Friday 23rd to 26th August 2013.

This peer-facilitated retreat will be a unique opportunity to practice mindful living together. We will do the core practices of sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation and deep relaxation based on the practices taught by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. There will be chances to share deeply with one another about our experiences and develop our brotherhood and sisterhood. There will also be plenty of time for connecting, playing and enjoying picnics, bonfires and sharing music together.

All of us have within our hearts a deep love for our family, friends and the world around us. We have a desire to be of benefit and to help alleviate the pain and suffering that is inside of us and all around. And yet we often experience feelings of powerlessness and despair as we encounter the difficulties of life and are at a loss as to how we can do this. When we learn the art of mindful living, enjoying our breath, our steps, and the many wonders that each moment offers us, we nourish our happiness and our capacity to be with, look deeply and transform the suffering in ourselves. When the seeds of peace and happiness have grown in our hearts, we can offer that abundance to those around us, doing our part to contribute to the well-being of the world.

Watch the promotional video:

To view some pictures of previous Wake Up retreats held at this location click here

Registration
Online only via Brown Paper Tickets. This retreat only has the capacity for 40 people. Registration closes at midnight on 9th August. **UPDATE: registration is now extended up to and including Wednesday 14th August**

Cost
£73.50 + online processing fees
For those who cannot afford the full price, please write to us at info@wkupuk.org to apply for a bursary.

Arrival
Friday 23rd August from midday. Later in the afternoon, we will enjoy a late lunch, enjoy outdoor walking meditation on the land, the company of friends and an informal dinner.

Departure
Monday 26th August from 3pm

Accommodation
Camping only. Showers and toilets available.

Venue
A renovated farmhouse with outbuildings in a secluded and very beautiful Cotswold valley near Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire, England. Full address given after booking.

For
People aged 18 to 35. Those new to mindfulness practice are very welcome, as are people from other traditions, backgrounds, faiths or of none.

Food
Simple vegetarian. Please specify any vegan and special dietary requirements upon registration.

Bring
Your own tents (or share with a friend), sleeping gear, towels, torchlight, meditation cushion and mat if possible, wet weather gear (just in case!), blanket/shawl for deep relaxation. Please also bring your own bowl or plate and a mug, we will provide cutlery. Musical instruments are also encouraged!

How to get there
The nearest train station is Cam & Dursley.

We can offer a return transport to Cam & Dursley station for suggested donation of £10 only at the times stated below:

Arrival Day pick up at 12.15pm from Cam & Dursley
Departure Day drop off at 2.45pm to Cam & Dursley

If you are arriving and departing outside of those times, taxis from Cam & Dursley are approximately £15 to £20 (15 minutes drive)

Other stations: Bristol Parkway, where taxis to the retreat site are approximately £40 (45 minutes drive).

We would strongly recommend that you travel with others if you can only arrive and depart outside of the pick up/drop off times. You can add post a message on the registration page to find other people to travel with. Please email us your time of arrival so we know when to expect you.

Noble silence
We will be observing noble silence at certain times during the retreat. Silence supports us in deepening our practice of mindfulness and looking into ourselves and our habit energies. As still water reflects things as they are, the calming silence can help us to settle, and to see things more clearly. The practice of silence need not be oppressive. Although we do not speak, we can acknowledge the presence of each other with a smile.

Included in this silence is the refreshing opportunity to take a break from our mobile phones, telephones, emails, portable devices and laptops. Please support your practice by limiting your use of these devices to only what is absolutely necessary, and if you do need to use them, please find a place where you will not disturb others.

Please note however that there are young children living at the retreat site and so it may not be possible to be in complete silence during the allocated times.

Working meditation
The schedule for the retreat will include the opportunity to practice working meditation. If certain activities will not be suited to you for working meditation, please indicate this on the online registration form as well as which tasks would appropriate for you.

Special skills
If you have any special skills that you wish to offer on retreat, please also let us know during registration. This could be anything from a yoga or tai chi session, a music or creative arts workshop, or a dance workshop.

Cancellation policy
If you can no longer make it, you can get a refund of the full face value of the retreat price and the service fee within 12 hours of purchase, but only up until 9th August 2013 only.

Five Mindfulness Trainings
We ask our guests to observe our way of mindful and ethical living as expressed in the Five Mindfulness Trainings. The Five Mindfulness Trainings are the foundation of community, bringing happiness and meaning to all that we do. Specific practices include refraining from sexual activity, not smoking and not using alcohol or intoxicants. Please do not bring non-vegetarian foods, alcohol, or other intoxicants to our practice centre.

Retreat enquiries
info@wkupuk.org

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