Taste of Retreat

Taste of Retreat with Adrienne Frazer

What is a Retreat?

A retreat is a time when we choose to step outside of our ordinary day to day life.

To me, just not doing daily life; doing something else, is called a holiday. Retreat is different to this. The choice we make to step aside for a moment also includes stepping into something; into a space that will allow us to pause and reflect, and into an environment, often with others, where there are tools to help us to be still and to notice who is in here (in this body, in this life) and how they are doing?

We begin to slow down, breathe, take stock and a new awareness can open up with the space to be noticed. Retreat is a refreshing, relaxing, and occasionally challenging journey back to you.

No previous experience of meditation or retreat is needed for you to be nourished by this day. To reassure you, on this day, times of sitting meditation can be short.

You may have questions about meditation like: What is it? How do I do it?
Or assumptions like: I can’t do it or it’s not my kind of thing. We can explore these during our day together.

Meditation has many, many forms. We will be sitting doing basic insight meditation and walking, in silence. There will be a time for questions.

Meditation is a great way to allow our inner distractions to begin to melt away. It provides space for our true nature to be gently revealed and welcomed by our usually chattering mind.

What to bring. What to expect.

Please bring a savoury, vegetarian dish to share for lunch. I will provide tea, bread, oatcakes, rice cakes and butter. If you need margarine please tell me in advance. Also bring a mug.

If you think you will need or want them, please bring with you:

  • a shawl or blanket to be warm and snug with
  • if you want to try (or know you like) sitting on the floor, the cushions you need for that
  • a diary / notebook / paper and pen, for busy minds and interesting experiences

You can expect a kind, gentle, silent day with a group of like minded, mainly beginners. You will also experience me talking to explain the format of the day, retreat, silence and sitting and walking meditation.

Dana

Dana is a Sanscrit word meaning 'giving'. It is how all the valuable teachings I have been lucky enough to receive have been funded. My teachers have not charged for their time. They live off what they are given.

I am deeply inspired to respect and continue this tradition. I too will be covering only my costs. There will be an opportunity to practice generosity and give dana during the day.

Dana is a strong tradition in Eastern cultures. It is still being translated into the West’s culture.

Testimonials

"…compassion, encouragement…She is a brilliant Healer."
- Dr. A. Brandl

"There was much relief..…my emotions around the pain…became more relaxed. I could see her accepting who I am with no judgement."
- Wim

"I had a greater feeling of wholeness. Adrienne has a gentle reassuring presence."
- Judith Bone, Residential Trustee, Findhorn Foundation

Course Tutor:

Adrienne Frazer has nine years experience of studying and practicing meditation in various traditions, with numerous teachers. She has participated in retreats at Findhorn, Gaia House, Shambala and Bodh Gaya. She also offers Healing (Energy Work), Reiki and Spiritual Decision Making.

Date & Time:

Saturday 30th January 2010

Location:

Kendal, Cumbria

Cost:

There are limited spaces on this day so booking promptly is wise. You can contact me by telephone or email to provisionally book, and then send the £5.00 non-returnable fee for the day to confirm your place. If you book and then can’t make it please let me know so that I can offer your place to another.

Contact Details:

For bookings contact Adrienne on 07896 500683 or by email on AdrienneWholeness [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk