Date: 18th – 20th February

Retreat Leader: Ray Furminger

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no suggested amount).

Format: on site

Start and Finish times: The course starts at 7:00pm on the 18th February and finishes at 1:00pm on the 20th February.

Accommodation: Shared and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

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About the Course

Have you always wanted to meditate but don’t know how to start? Can you simply not find the motivation to sit and meditate, or perhaps you think meditation is not for you. This course with aims to help you with all these things.

It is said that through meditation we can come closer to the Dharma and its beneficial results. If meditation is approached in a relaxed, sincere and peaceful manner, then experience and eventually realisation will arise.

These lofty attainments can seem a long way off of course and we might lack the courage or confidence to engage in this type of practice or the knowledge of how to begin.

In this weekend course Ray will lead simple and approachable meditations that will give the knowledge, confidence and courage that will help us to begin a stable and regular meditation practice.

This course is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

About the Leader

Ray has been trying to practice the dharma for over 40 years. He has spent much of life studying, meditating and offering service in various dharma centres around the world and is also a fully trained thangka artist. He has a wealth of experience doing meditation retreats both short and long term and is able to draw on this to encourage and inspire others in their sitting practice.

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You may also like to make a regular contribution to the centre by becoming a Branch of Joy. This kind of support gifts us a steady and ongoing income, which in turn provides the confidence and means for us to continue to flourish for many years to come.

Thank you and may you be happy.

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