Tag Archives: retreats

'Just sitting' at the zazen weekend retreat

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
For the past few years, I would spend one February weekend attending an annual zazen retreat organised by my zazen group at a farm outside of London. Our zazen group is quite small, so most of us know each other quite well. People come and go, and there is no pressure to [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Britain and was tagged with meditation, nature, Buddhism, retreats, Zen Buddhism, zazen


Silent walking weekend

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
As a keen hiker/walker, I have joined various walking groups and did many day hikes/walks out of London in recent years. Walking aside, these groups are sociable and provide opportunities to meet and mingle with other walkers who live in London.
Lately, however, I find some group leaders overly keen to get [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, photography, eco living, retreats


A week of silence in Devon

Posted on June 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main: The 13th century Grade I listed West Ogwell Church; bottom right: Gaia house
 
Not long after I returned from Asia, I went to Devon for my first week-long silent meditation retreat at Gaia House, a well-known Buddhist meditation retreat centre which was a former convent. Although I have been meditating [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Britain and was tagged with meditation, nature, Buddhism, Devon, retreats, mindfulness


A very special Christmas retreat

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Recently a few people have asked me this question: "Why do you continue to go to these meditation retreats?" My answer is simple: I need to get away from the city, work, stress and reconnect with nature and myself. Retreats help me to detox my body and mind, when you are cut [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, British heritage, Britain and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, Buddhism, eco living, heritage, Devon, retreats, Christmas


Retreat aftermath

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Toothpicker

Stunning scenery from the train journey between Edinburgh and Newcastle
 
It has been about 5 days since I returned from Scotland, and I am still feeling slightly disorientated ( which seems to always happen after a week-long retreat).
I remember on the day of departure, some retreat friends and I had some spare time [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Business, Transport and was tagged with meditation, business, Scotland, retreats


Summer retreat in Scotland

Posted on August 4, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left and right: Dhanakosa; Main: Loch voil
 
What is your ideal summer holiday? Sun and beach? Doing eurorail across Europe? Or adventures in South America? After spending three months traveling and working in Asia earlier in the year, I felt the need to give myself some 'me' time and space, and to [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with hiking, meditation, nature, Buddhism, Scotland, retreats


Silent meditation retreat

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Toothpicker

 
Not so many years ago, I used to enjoy the 'cool' lifestyle. Then one day, this lifestyle became superficial and meaningless to me, and my life took a very drastic change.
I never would have imagined myself becoming a nature-loving person who would regularly hike, meditate and go on retreats in the most [...]

This post was posted in Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Britain and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, retreats, walking


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