Compassion in Action

A four session course with River Wolton

–Thursday 14th, 21st, 28th March, 7 – 9pm at Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St, Sheffield S1 2EW. Wheelchair accessible. Map

–AND Sat 6th April 9.30am – 12.30 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

How do we nourish our capacity for compassion in the midst of challenge? We may be called upon to meet the suffering of others through being a carer or parent, or through work or volunteering. In addition to personal circumstances, the multiple challenges of our times such as inequality, racism, war and climate change also call for wise and compassionate responses. How do we avoid burn-out and find compassion for ourselves whilst tending the fires of courage and justice? This experiential course will explore ways compassion can be understood, embodied and practised, through guided meditations, group discussions and reflection.

Participants are asked to attend all sessions.

River Wolton is a co-founder of Sheffield Insight Meditation and a Community Dharma Leader authorised by Gaia House Teacher Council. She has a background in the peace and LGBT movements, and has worked alongside refugees and asylum seekers since 2003.

Booking links

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:

STANDARD RATE £35

SPONSOR RATE £40

SUPPORTED RATE £17.50

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 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.