Embodied Wisdom – Ajahn Sucitto

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019


The days will be held in silence – instruction goes on throughout the day; sits can vary between 30 mins and 45 mins. There will also be standing and walking and some Qi Gong will be offered.

Registration from 09.30am: Retreat/teaching from 10am to 5.00pm both days

Venue: Old Rectory Handsworth S13 9BZ – parking available and accessible by public transport – on the no 52 bus route.

Hot drinks provided, please bring your own packed lunch.

The retreat is non-residential and it is possible to attend for either or both days

Saturday is introductory, and newcomers/ beginners are strongly encouraged to attend this day (either as a standalone or as part of the two day option). Sunday will build on the previous day, and beginners might not be ready to attend this without the introductory experience.

As this retreat is led by a monastic, no reclining in the meditation hall is the standard. If anyone with back problems needs to recline, please don’t lie down with feet pointing to the shrine.

No eating or drinking in the meditation hall.

Please do not bring disposable plastic bottles of water to the retreat for environmental reasons.

About Ajahn Sucitto

Ajahn Sucitto was one of the original group who founded Chithurst Monastery (Cittaviveka) in West Sussex in 1979 and Amaravati near Hemel Hempstead in 1984. He has been teaching retreats in Britain and overseas since 1981, and has authored Rude Awakenings and Turning the Wheel of Truth for commercial distribution, as well as several books for free distribution. Many free books, podcasts, audio files and CDs are available from the websites below.

Visit Ajahn Sucitto’s website
Visit Ajahn Sucitto’s blog
Visit the Chithurst Monastery website
Visit the Forest Sangha Publications website

There will be free distribution Dhamma books available at the end of the weekend.

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 time, 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. Ajahn Sucitto does not receive any payment for his teaching. You will be invited to offer dana for Chithurst Buddhist Monastery. Please read more about Dana here. Payment taken below is toward the cost of running the retreat; please use these booking links:

Both Days

Both Days: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September STANDARD RATE £25

Both Days: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September SPONSOR RATE £30

Both Days: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September SUPPORTED RATE £12.50

Both Days: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September FREELY GIVEN RATE £0

Saturday only

Saturday 14th September STANDARD RATE £15

Saturday 14th September SPONSOR RATE £20

Saturday 14th September SUPPORTED RATE £7.50

Saturday 14th September FREELY GIVEN RATE £0

Sunday only

Sunday 15th September STANDARD RATE £15

Sunday 15th September SPONSOR RATE £20

Sunday 15th September SUPPORTED RATE £7.50

Sunday 15th September 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 an additional 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.