“Waking Up in Our Body” with Yanai Postelnik

Yanai Postelnik

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September 2018

The theme for the retreat is “Waking up in Our Body”. It spans two days, one of which takes place at Shirley House in Sheffield, and the second of which is a walking day based at Bamford, near Sheffield.

The two days are independent, so it isn’t necessary to attend both. However, if you’d like to attend the walking day, you’ll need to have some previous experience of insight meditation. This means that if you haven’t attended at least a couple of days of silent meditation previously, then you do need to attend the whole of the Saturday.

The walking day will be gentle and moderate, including a total of around 3-4 hours of walking. Please bring appropriate gear including a waterproof jacket, something to keep you warm and suitable walking shoes or boots.

Where and when?

  • Saturday 15th Sept, 10am (registration from 9.30am) to 4.30pm, 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
  • Sunday 16th Sept, walking day, 10am (registration from 9.30am) to 4.30pm, Bamford Village Institute, Main Road, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire. S33 0DY. map

Bring your own packed lunch both days.

About Yanai

Yanai encountered the teachings of the Buddha and the practice of Insight Meditation while in Asia in 1989, and sat his first Insight Meditation retreat in 1990. It was clear to him that these practices offered something truly beneficial and powerfully transformative, and so he has been engaged in the study, practice and service of the Buddha’s teachings on a full time basis, ever since. At the request of his teachers, Yanai began teaching at Gaia House, in Devon, in 1992, and moved to the USA to be the Resident Teacher at Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts in 1995-1996. He then returned to England and has been based in Devon since then. He lives in Ashburton, with his wife and teaching partner, Catherine McGee. more

Booking links

Saturday and Sunday

Both Days Sat 15th & Sun 16th Sept Standard Rate £25

Both Days Sat 15th & Sun 16th Sept Sponsor Rate £30

Both Days Sat 15th & Sun 16th Sept Supported Rate £12.50

Both Days Sat 15th & Sun 16th Sept Freely Given £0

Saturday only

Saturday 15th September Standard Rate £25

Saturday 15th September Sponsor Rate £30

Saturday 15th September Supported Rate £12.50

Saturday 15th September Freely Given £0

Sunday only

Sunday 16th September Standard Rate £25

Sunday 16th September Sponsor Rate £30

Sunday 16th September Supported Rate £12.50

Sunday 16th September Freely Given £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.