Special Events

Seeing with the artist’s eye: an exploration

with Visuddhimati
Three Wednesday evenings 24 Sept, 22 Oct, 26 Nov 7pm – 9.30pm
Come to one or come to all three. £20/£10 per session
(£50/£25 for all three sessions).
If we open up to see the fleeting world through the eye of the artist, we discover the latent realities that lie behind visible things, each moment holding its own truth and beauty, there to be discovered if we really look. We will look at the ways in which artists communicate their worlds, alongside practical exercises suitable for all levels of experience.
Materials provided, but feel free to bring your own sketchbooks, art gear and tablets/ipads. Please book

Standing on the Threshold

with Abhayajit and Khemajala
Two workshops using story and masks to explore the parts we play in our own transformation. Booking required.
In the Footsteps of Gotama Sun 19 Oct 10am – 5pm £40/£19
In this workshop we are following in the footsteps of Gotama Buddha, exploring his Going Forth, what does it take to leave behind our old life and old ways and stepping into new ways.
A Grace Given in Sorrow Sun 23 Nov 10am – 5pm £40/£19
We are exploring compassion with Hermes the Greek God as guide and trickster who can find a way through city walls and battlefields.

Death and the only beauty that lasts

with Siddhisambhava
Sat 25 and Sun 26 October 2014.
Sat £70/40 (Limited places)
Sun £60/35 (Open to all)
£120/70 for weekend with discount for doing both days.
The only beauty that lasts is the beauty of the human heart. Rumi
A rare opportunity to explore this inevitable and mysterious feature of our lives and help us relate to it in a healthy and helpful way.
This weekend is structured to work as two stand alone days, or a weekend process for those who can do both days.
Saturday will explore what death is, what our experience of loss is, practical preparation for our own death (wills, funerals, advance directives), some short yet powerful films and optional overnight homework for those coming back Sunday.
On Sunday the emphasis will be on reflection and meditation, including emotional and spiritual preparation for our own death, and how to support the dying.
Siddhisambhava has been leading workshops and retreats on death since 2002.

Moving with Mindfulness

with Lalitaraja and Mafe Toledo
Sun 23 Nov 10am – 5pm
By donation (Suggested £45/30) Booking required
Through a meditative approach participants will increase body awareness and explore their own way of dancing. We will look into different body parts to finish the day with a clear, embodied sense of how they connect with each other. Suitable for anyone interested in movement and meditation –no previous experience needed.

Listening to Your Inner Wisdom

Weekend Event drawing on focusing and mindfulness to explore inner listening, self empathy, the body's knowing transforming difficult emotions and inner conflict
with Manjudeva
Sat 29 and Sun 30 Nov 10am –5pm £135/95 Booking required.

Drumming every Saturday

with Stuart Crosbie and friends
5pm – 6,20pm African Drum tuition. Suitable for beginners and intermediate.
6.45pm – 8pm Drum circle open to all.
Sometimes chant, mask and ritual.
£9/6 per session. Drum hire £1. Discount for taking both sessions.