“Your Body, Buddha’s Body” with Catherine McGee

A two-day non-residential retreat, October 27th and 28th, 2018

Catherine McGee

Through contemplative practices we will explore how to relate to our human body as the instrument through which we can know the awakening of a Buddha. With the earth below and the sky above, your body is the meeting place of your heart, your mind, and the world. And it is here, with practice, that we can develop mindfulness, collectedness, wisdom, faith, and energy, which together allow our body to be the very location where we realize the path to the end of suffering, and come to participate in our life with greater meaningfulness and love.

This retreat is particularly offered for people with previous experience. We request that participants have already done at least two full days of Insight Meditation retreat (non-residential or residential) or participated in a mindfulness course or retreat.

You are welcome to book for this retreat if you meet the entry pre-requisites and are able to commit to and attend the full two days of the retreat.
Catherine writes: ‘This course is a two –day non-residential  retreat.  Think of it as a ‘sandwich’ retreat, with the Saturday evening at home between the two days of formal practice being an important part of the retreat and a rich arena for insight, contemplation and inquiry. Commitment to and attendance of both days is important to support the group and teaching to deepen together. Thank you.’

Catherine McGee has been teaching insight meditation at Gaia House and internationally since 1997. She is a member of the Gaia House teacher council, an adviser to One Earth Sangha and a long term student of the Diamond Approach. Her teaching emphasises embodiment and working with whatever hinders us from living our deepest knowing in the world.

The retreat will take place at Whirlow Spirituality Centre, Whirlow Grange Dr, Sheffield, S11 9RX. map

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The teaching is offered freely as part of 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:

Before booking we invite you to participate in making a conscious choice of committing to the whole retreat. Please check that you can answer YES to the following:

  1. Are you able to attend the whole retreat?
  2. Have you attended at least two full day of insight meditation retreat or participated in a mindfulness course or retreat?

£30 SPONSOR rate

£25 STANDARD rate

£12.50 SUPPORTED rate

Freely Given rate

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.