Love and Resistance

Day retreat with Lama Rod Owens

Sunday 22nd April

It is a difficult time for us. Violence, war, racism, poverty, hate and environmental concerns have left many of us fatigued, fearful, and struggling not to blame, judge or shutdown. Moreover, the struggle to relate to and make sense of the violence we experience each day has left many of us disembodied and traumatized. We are searching for solutions and want to actively work for change in our communities but we may feel shutdown and afraid. Compassion lies at the heart of our effectiveness but how can we define compassion for ourselves?

What practices and strategies from Buddhadharma can we summon to aid us in
facing the violence we see in ourselves and others? How can Dharma inform
our spiritual warrior-ship? How can it inform our ally-ship? If you are
overwhelmed by the challenge of living your practice boldly and out loud
right now, then this is the teaching for you. Come join Lama Rod for a day
of dharma, meditation practice and discussion.

Considered one of the leaders of the next generation of Dharma teachers, Lama Rod Owens has a blend of formal Buddhist training and life experience that gives him a unique ability to understand, relate and engage with those around him in a way that’s spacious and sincere. Lama Rod is one of the authors of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. He invites you into the cross sections of his life as a Black, queer male, born and raised in the South (U.S), and heavily influenced by the church and its community.

All levels of experience are welcome, including beginners.

Time: 10am until 5pm (registration from 9.30am).

Venue: The Circle, Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW  Map

Hot drinks included. Bring your own packed lunch.

Cost: £0 – £30 plus Dana. The cost we charge covers venue, travel and admin costs only. The teaching is offered freely as part of the Insight Meditation tradition, and during the retreat you will be invited to make a voluntary contribution (Dana) for the teachings. Please read more about Dana here.

Please book in advance using the following links. See below for further information about bookings and our payment system which uses GoCardless.

Sponsor rate £30 (includes £5 donation)

Standard rate £25

Supported rate £12.50

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

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.