Led by Karunagita, Maitrinita, Lilapa + Upayavira
We’re delighted to be offering the first weekend retreat for parents at Adhisthana, led by a team of Triratna Order Members who are parents themselves – Upayavira, Kamalanandi, Lilapa, Amaragita and Karunagita. It is open to parents and parents-to-be, including Order Members, Mitras and those with a regular practice in the context of Triratna.
We will have meditation, ritual, talks, workshops, discussion groups and periods of silence, with space in the programme for walks, sleep and talking to other parents.
This is retreat is a chance to spend time away from our children, to step back and focus on raising children as an effective context for practice. We will explore the inherent gifts and opportunities we have as parents – insight into the constant change, ungrasp-ability and fragility of life, for going beyond ourselves and responding creatively to not getting what we want, heart opening insights into unconditional love, endless opportunities to practice patience, letting go, accepting that we cannot own or control and so much more. There will also be space to meet the added challenges of being both a parent and practicing Buddhist and discuss how we can find or co-create the support and conditions we need.
23 of my 27 years of Buddhist spiritual practice have been within the context of raising children. Long ago I went beyond any lurking beliefs that being a proper Buddhist was only possible with acres of solitude and silence. I was inspired to write a book - A Path for Parents - for parents like me who were questioning how to make Buddhism relevant and to practice effectively as a parent. I was keen that it would be ‘warts and all’ rather than present an idealised, soft focus view. Many people have told me it resonated with their own experience and gave them confidence to practice. Click on the link below for a two-minute video of me talking about writing it:
This retreat is suitable for Order Members, Mitras, and those who have learnt Triratna Meditation
Start Date: 8th Jun 2018
End Date: 10th Jun 2018
Price: £74 (Waged/Supported (including deposit)) / £52 (Unwaged/Unsupported (including deposit))
Bursary Fund - If you can’t afford to come on retreat you might be interested in applying for our Bursary Fund.