Dhanakosa Retreat Centre, Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Stirling FK19 8PQ Tel. 01877 384213
Dhanakosa Day Retreats 2017 (dates below)
"Source of Healing, Self and World"
Who are these days for?
These monthly day retreats are primarily for folk in Central Scotland. We hold them in the resident team's facilities behind Dhanakosa so there is only room for about 20. However if space permits, Glasgow and Edinburgh folk are also welcome: if unsure, please telephone in advance. Our day retreats are not for complete beginners however. A knowledge of the 5-stage metta bhavana and 4-stage mindfulness of breathing will be assumed, as will some knowledge of the Buddhist tradition.
This year’s theme?
The new theme this year is 'Source of Healing, Self and World'. We cannot heal ourselves without doing something to help heal our world. If you're concerned about humanity and the plight of the Earth these day retreats should help you find the inner resources to respond creatively. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed nowadays by the daily news - angry or anxious, helpless or despairing, contracting into the clench of reactive mind and turning away. Yet if we can return, from reactive into creative mind, in solidarity with others, we may find new and creative responses that both cheer us up and contribute to the healing of all. The Buddha recognised this 25 centuries ago and Dharma practices like mindful breathing and metta bhavana are meant to help us make that very shift from reactive mind (dominated by fear) into creative mind (naturally insightful and warm-hearted). This year we'll include such practices as well as drawing on the work of Joanna Macy, her 'Work That Reconnects'. So each of our day retreats will begin by first appreciating what we love ('Gratitude') then making mindful space for emotional responses to the plight of the Earth ('Honouring our pain for the world'). We reconnect with a vision of interconnected belonging that transcends the separate self ('Seeing with new eyes') and finally we develop a new sense of resolve before returning to the world outside ('Going forth').
What is the daily programme?
We have a new programme in 2017. Please arrive by 9.45 and refresh yourself ready for starting at 10am. After a very brief introduction we'll meditate and then after tea, there'll be a presentation and other activities until lunch at one o'clock. The afternoon session begins at 2.30 and ends at 4pm (5pm, April-September) with a closing ritual and farewells so I do hope everyone can arrange to stay for that.
If you come by car, the usual arrangement is to park it (say, 9.30am) by the forestry gate, ten minutes walk before Dhanakosa. Enter by Dhanakosa's second driveway, marked 'Resident Community'. Alternatively if you're not fit to walk, it may be possible (recent weather permitting) to park it in the field opposite that driveway or even (one or two cars) up the drive. Go up the driveway leading to the Dhanakosa team’s house where our day retreats are held. You’ll need to bring vegetarian lunch to share, and a donation (such as £14 more or less).
Saturdays, January 14, February 11, March 4, April 1st, May 6, June 3rd, July 8, August 5,
September 2nd, October 7, November 4, December 2nd [Note: On 8th April a huge celebration to mark 50 years of Triratna Buddhist Community and 25 years of Dhanakosa will be held in the main retreat centre. Please call the office for details.]