We held our first day retreat at Sitting Buddha Hermitage last Sunday. Nine people came, from Matlock, Sheffield, Leeds and Nottingham. This was what we did:
10.10 Meditation (30 mins) followed by Short Morning Service
11.00 Tea and short talk on meditation
11.30 Meditation (30mins), walking meditation (10 mins), meditation (30 mins)
2.00 Midday Service and Meditation (30mins)
3.00 Tea and questions
3.30 Meditation (30mins)
4pm Day Ends
I cooked a simple lunch and we ate it around the large dining table – the first time it has been fully extended to comfortably accommodate 10 people. The good weather meant we could also get outside in the courtyard for a bit of fresh air. We had a very good day and enjoyed practicing together.
The next day retreat will be on Sunday 27th September.