Bringing an open heart into daily life

A four-session introductory course within the Insight Meditation tradition

This experiential course will offer pathways for developing friendliness, compassion, joy and balance. Through guided meditations, reflections and creativity we will explore how these qualities can support a wise response to the stresses and strains of our lives, and the challenges of our world. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience of meditation.

The course is offered by River Wolton as part of the Community Dharma Leader training, supported by Gaia House Teacher Council.

The course takes place on three Thursday evenings and a Saturday morning.

You are asked to attend all four sessions:

Thurs 26th October 7–9pm: Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, S1 2EW Map

Thurs 2nd November 7–9pm: as above

Thurs 9th November 7–9pm: as above

Saturday 11th November 9.30–12.30: Shirley House, Psalter Lane, S11 8YL Map

Booking and payment

Cost: £20 (supported rate) / £30 (standard rate) / £40 (sponsor rate)

Our intention is to make our retreats as accessible as possible to everyone, whatever their financial means.

  • The standard rate covers the cost of the venue and meals, 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 is an opportunity to pay a little extra towards our Retreatant Support Fund.

Please pay the standard rate if you can. If most people pay this we will cover our costs during the course of the year.

Contact us if you don’t have a UK bank account or if you’d like to pay a different amount. If the supported rate is beyond your means, a Retreatant Support Fund is available – no one will be turned away through lack of funds.

To book please click on links below:

£20 supported rate

£30 standard rate

£40 sponsor rate

Please only book if you can commit to attending all four sessions.

Insight Meditation is drawn from the Buddhist tradition, but you do not need to have particular beliefs to take part, or to be or become a ‘Buddhist’. We warmly welcome all, regardless of religious or political beliefs, race and ethnicity, gender, social background, age, sexual orientation or disability.