Pathways to happiness: Cultivating attitudes of practice and living that nourish wellbeing and contentment

Non-residential retreat with Zohar Lavie

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May 2018

Venue: Whirlow Spirituality Centre, Whirlow Grange Drive, Sheffield S11 9RX. Map

Time: 10am (register from 9.30) – 4pm.

Cost: £0 / £30 plus Dana.  No-one will be turned away through lack of funds, please contact us if you would like to pay a different amount.

Being human includes feeling great and feeling pain; it’s intense. Given this, what kind of happiness is possible for us? The Buddha suggested that we have underestimated the capacity of our heart. Retreat helps us to remember. Together we will explore how to cultivate freedom, happiness and contentment that are less reliant on things ‘going our way’.

The day will be held in silence and include teachings, meditation guidance and time for questions.

All are welcome, including beginners.

Zohar Lavie has practised meditation since 1995. In 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva and she now spends most of her time facilitating retreats that offer service as a spiritual path. Since 2006 she has been teaching on retreats and dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.


 Please bring:

  • your own packed lunch
  • any meditation equipment you need, such as cushions, a meditation bench or blankets (there will also be equipment available at the retreat to borrow)

Bookings can be made for both days (Sat and Sun) or for either Saturday or Sunday as single days.  

The cost is the same for 1 or for 2 days.

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

Bookings for both days

2 days: Sat 19th and Sun 20th May Sponsor rate £30 (includes £5 donation)

2 days: Sat 19th and Sun 20th May Standard rate £25

2 days: Sat 19th and Sun 20th May Supported rate £12.50

2 days Sat 19th and Sun 20th May Freely Given Rate £0

Bookings for Saturday 19th May only

Saturday 19th May Sponsor rate £30 (includes £5 donation)

Saturday 19th May Standard rate £25

Saturday 19th May Supported rate £12.50

Saturday 19th May Freely Given Rate £0

Bookings for Sunday 20th May only

Sunday 20th May Sponsor rate £30 (includes £5 donation)

Sunday 20th May Standard rate £25

Sunday 20th May Supported rate £12.50

Sunday 20th May 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.