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Date: 7th & 8th November

Retreat Leader: Paula Chichester (Nyingje) & Lou Beaumont

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

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

Start and Finish times: Saturday and Sunday at 10:00am to 11:45am (BST) (2:00am to 3:45am PST) and 3:00pm to 4:45pm (BST) (7:00am to 8:45am PDT)

Please be prepared that all sessions might go on for 2 hours in case there is a longer discussion.

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About the Weekend

We all know the wonderful feeling that comes when someone sincerely offers to help us with no expectation of return; or when we see people genuinely giving their time and money to make a better life for another person or a whole group of people. We also know how good it makes us feel when we freely share our time and resources with others —when we are kind. Kindness makes us happy. For some people, kindness comes quite naturally to our friends and family, but not to strangers or people we judge as different. We can learn techniques that inspire us to think and act with more kindness, that cultivate an attitude of tender concern for the welfare of ourselves and all beings. In this workshop, we explore our own attitudes, look at our limitations and see how easy it is to cultivate kindness and feel more satisfied and joyful in our lives.

The concept of loving kindness

  • The positive effects of kindness

  • The view of kindness being a weakness

  • The skill of understanding what others need from us

  • The courage to be kind

  • Recalling times we have been kind and when others have been kind to us

  • The positive effect of putting others before ourselves

  • How kindness leads to happiness

  • What stops us being kind?

  • Equanimity

  • The importance of self-love

About the Leaders

Opening our Hearts to others: Exploring Loving Kindness

Paula Chichester’s study and practice of the wholistic approach to healing body, mind, spirit and planet began in the late 1960’s when she first became aware that industrial society and over population is crushing human connectivity to our planet, to other beings and to ourselves— and how this impacts our well being. She has spent her life studying spiritual wisdom of all traditions, physical and psychological healing methods; emphasizing experiential exploration of healing the whole person through energy body/mind movement and meditation, art exploration and recreation in wild landscapes.

Lou first came to yoga in her early twenties & has been practising hatha yoga & pranayama for many years. She is a qualified Wheel of Yoga teacher & has been fortunate to have special instruction from a great teacher on classical pranayama which she would very much like to share with you.

She started Tai Chi classes, in Spain where she lives about ten years ago with her teacher a student of the Spanish lineage holder of the Hun Yuan style. The chi gong she will be showing you is from that school which has a flowing, gentle style which anyone can easily practice enjoy & benefit from.

Opening our Hearts to others: Exploring Loving Kindness

Lou first came to yoga in her early twenties & has been practising hatha yoga & pranayama for many years. She is a qualified Wheel of Yoga teacher & has been fortunate to have special instruction from a great teacher on classical pranayama which she would very much like to share with you.

She started Tai Chi classes, in Spain where she lives about ten years ago with her teacher a student of the Spanish lineage holder of the Hun Yuan style. The chi gong she will be showing you is from that school which has a flowing, gentle style which anyone can easily practice enjoy & benefit from.

A Way to Say Thank you

As we don’t receive any subsidies from other organisations we rely solely on the kind generosity of others. If you would like to make a donation (including offline) to help us cover our considerable monthly costs, please choose the amount you would like to offer below (or enter a custom amount) and click ‘Donate’. Your generosity will help us continue to offer beneficial services to yourself and others, including future retreats.

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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