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One day meditation retreat for those who identify as LGBTQ+ and our allies

Led by Bernat Font and River Wolton

Arrive and register from 9.30 am. Participants are welcome to stay for a cuppa & social time at the end. Please bring your own packed lunch.

The retreat is open to both experienced and beginner meditators who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, gender fluid, gender diverse, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender, and allies.

About the facilitators

Bernat FontBernat Font met the dharma at 15 and since 2010 he has been practising in Europe, India and Myanmar. A graduate from the Gaia House Community Dharma Leadership programme, he is currently in teacher training at the Bodhi College and guides a meditation community he founded in his native Barcelona. He holds an MA in Buddhist Studies.

River WoltonRiver Wolton has been practising in the Insight Meditation tradition since 2000. She is a co-founder of Sheffield Insight Meditation, a graduate from the Gaia House Community Dharma Leadership programme, and currently in teacher training with Bodhi College. She has a background in LGBT activism, and volunteers as an ally with LGBT asylum seekers and refugees.

More information….Q & A from teachers

This retreat will be held in an atmosphere of companionable silence. We’ll create a space of ease and support in which to cultivate mindfulness, kindness and wisdom through insight meditation. Sharing silence and meditative space with community allows us to make greater peace with ourselves and our lives,

and to deepen our capacity for freedom. The day will include guided sitting and walking meditation, reflections on the theme, and opportunities to ask questions.

Facilities will be gender neutral. If you need any information about accessibility please contact Sheffield Insight.

More about what to expect on a day retreat

Booking links

The teaching is offered freely in accordance with 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 £15 covers the cost of the venue, administration and teacher’s travel costs.

Sponsor Rate £20 includes a £5 donation to help support all to attend, regardless of means.

Supported Rate £7.50 is offered for those whose income is too low to pay the standard rate.

Freely Given Rate £0

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

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.