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Events for Autumn and Winter 2017-18

28 October- day of practice “Compassion in Practice”.  Including helping with preparations for Kathina and an afternoon talk by Ajahn Amaro.

10-12 November – weekend retreat “Mindfulness – The Point of Practice”.  led by Nick Carroll – an opportunity to deepen practice and understanding. This retreat is fully booked.  Bookings are now going onto a waiting list.

16 December – day of practice “The Threefold Bliss”  led by Nick Carroll – an opportunity to reorient to a bigger perspective.

Winter days of practice in 2018 are on Jan 6th,  Feb 3rd and Mar 3rd.

Days of Practice – no booking is required.  Please bring some vegetarian food to share.

Day of Practice Saturday 28 October 2017 – Compassion in Practice

In the morning at 9.45am we meet with Ajahn Amaro in the Retreat Centre Kitchen and there will be an opportunity to assist in the preparations for the Kathina celebration (which happens the following day) – this will be organised in the RC Kitchen.

At 11am we will all gather in the Retreat Centre Shrine Room for meditation. There will be a shared meal at 12.30pm.  In the afternoon Ajahn Amaro will join us to give a talk on the theme, followed by questions and answers. The day will be facilitated by Nick Carroll.

Registration at 9.30am in Retreat Centre Kitchen for 9.45am start (please note earlier than usual start time).  Please bring some vegetarian food to share if you can.  No booking required.  All are welcome.

1-5 September 2017 – 5 day retreat – ‘Finding the Middle Way’ – Martin Evans

5 day retreat.  ‘Finding the Middle Way’

The Buddha called his teachings the Middle Way. That is, the middle way between obsessing after what we like and don’t like; grasping what we desire and running away from what we fear.  Through developing mindfulness and the Buddha’s path, the Middle Way, we can move towards a life in balance.

The primary focus of the retreat will be meditation and mindfulness, and there will be periods for discussion on the theme in the afternoons.  All welcome – suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Registration on Friday from 5pm, soup from 6pm, starts 7.15pm, Finishes 2.00pm Tuesday

See, ‘Booking for ALBA retreats’ at top of this page to download a booking form.

ALBA dates for 2017

1 April- day of practice – Annmarie McKay
6 May- day of practice – Ajahn Cittapala – facilitated by Martin Evans
16-18 June – weekend retreat – Martin Evans and Annmarie McKay
15 July- day of practice – Symon Price
1-5 September – 5 day retreat – Martin Evans
28 October- day of practice (N.B. 9.45am start – arrive by 9.30am) – Ajahn Amaro – facilitated by Nick Carroll
10-12 November – weekend retreat – Nick Carroll
16 December- day of practice – Nick Carroll

Days of Practice start at 10am unless otherwise stated – Registration from 9.30am – please aim to arrive by 9.45am. No booking is required. There will be a shared lunch – bring some vegetarian food (which doesn’t need any preparation) to share if you can.

Retreats (shown in bold) require prior booking. To book a place, please download a booking form and complete and return it to