Cultivating Joy: One Day Retreat with River Wolton

10th August 2019

River Wolton

Human experience can encompass great sorrow and great joy – individually, collectively, globally. The Buddhist path of ethical training, wisdom and compassion offers tools for developing appreciative joy, and for turning towards and nourishing a capacity for delight, even in the midst of challenge. How do we learn to plant and tend seeds of joy, not as denial of the difficult, but as vital food for the heart and mind in turbulent times?

This one day retreat will be held in an atmosphere of friendly silence, with guided sitting and walking meditation, and reflections on the theme. There will be opportunities to speak in small groups at the start, and to stay at the end for a cuppa with fellow retreatants. The retreat is suitable for beginners and newcomers to meditation. If you have any questions or concerns about whether it’s suitable for you please contact SIM.

To support the silence and the practice, retreatants will be warmly encouraged to switch off phones and devices for the day. The SIM phone number can be given out in case of emergencies and will be checked regularly.

The retreat will take place at Shirley House, Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL. At corner of Psalter Lane and Cherry Tree Road, parking in St. Andrew’s Church car park. Wheelchair accessible. Map

Bring your own packed lunch. Times to be confirmed.

About River

River Wolton is a co-founder of Sheffield Insight Meditation and a Community Dharma Leader authorised by Gaia House Teacher Council. She has a background in the peace and LGBT movements, and has worked alongside refugees and asylum seekers since 2003.

What to expect on a day retreat

For newcomers to meditation in general, or Insight Meditation in particular:

Day retreats take place mostly in a setting of companionable silence, including during the lunch period. There is a chance to connect with other participants at the beginning and end of the day, and during the day there will be some opportunities for questions and discussion with the teacher. Silence offers an opportunity to attend to one’s own experience without the need to be anyone for other people.

You will be asked to sit quietly for periods of up to 30 minutes, with varying amounts of guidance. These sittings are interspersed with periods of walking and movement.

We recognise that this level of silence may be challenging for newcomers and is not always suitable for everyone at every time. If you have any concerns or wonder whether a retreat is the right thing for you at this time, you are welcome to get in touch with us.

Booking links

The teaching is offered freely in accordance with the Insight Meditation tradition. During the retreat you will be invited to make a voluntary contribution (Dana) for the teachings. Please read more about Dana here. Payment taken below is toward the cost of running the retreat; please use these booking links:

Saturday 10 August STANDARD RATE £15

Saturday 10 August SPONSOR RATE £20

Saturday 10 August SUPPORTED RATE £7.50

Saturday 10 August FREELY GIVEN RATE £0

Please pay the standard rate if you can. If most people pay this we will cover our costs during the course of the year.

The Sponsor rate includes a £5 donation to help support all to attend, regardless of means.

The Standard rate covers the cost of the venue, administration and teacher’s travel costs.

The Supported rate is offered for those whose income is too low to pay the standard rate.

The Freely Given rate is offered to make our events as accessible and welcoming as possible. We recognise that in the current political and economic climate many struggle to pay for food and housing, let alone meditation retreats. We offer this rate particularly for those who have little or no financial support, for example: young people, people who are homeless or vulnerably housed, asylum seekers or those who are living on state benefits.

(Our Retreatant Support Fund supports those who access our Freely Given and Supported Rates – no one will be turned away through lack of funds. There will also be an opportunity during the retreat to contribute to the Retreatant Support Fund which helps us to keep our retreats accessible to all, regardless of means.)

Contact us if you don’t have a UK bank account or if you’d like to pay a different amount.

Please note that our online booking system (except for £0 option) uses a site called GoCardless that enables one-off payments to be taken via the direct debit system.

When you book using this system, GoCardless will e-mail you immediately to indicate that you have been set up as a new direct customer. This e-mail confirms that any further transactions (beyond this particular booking) will need to be authorised. This means that only the payment you have set up with this booking will be taken. You will receive another e-mail from GoCardless (usually within a few days) confirming the amount and timescale of the single direct debit. The money will normally be taken from your account about a week after booking.