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Saturday 1st September 2018 Day of Practice – The heart of practice

During this day of practice, we will be exploring how self acceptance and
compassion can support us not only in times of difficulty but also during our daily
lives.  We will start to discover how simple self-compassion practices can help us to
develop inner resilience and how they can impact positively on our relationships
with others.
The day, which will be led by Jenni Jepson and Chris Blain, will include periods of
sitting and walking meditation, reflections and sharing on the theme.
Meet in the Retreat Centre Kitchen from 9.30am for a 9.45am orientation talk and a
10am start. Please bring some pre-prepared vegetarian food for a shared lunch if
you can. The event will finish at 5pm.
All are welcome, including beginners and newcomers to Amaravati. No booking is
required and there is no fee, though donations towards the running costs of the retreat centre are always appreciated.

13-17 July – 5 day retreat – led by Martin Evans

The uncomfortable truth is that freedom from suffering is only possible through facing reality, not through running away from it.  We learn nothing from running away – yet we can be very reluctant to let go of our strategies to escape from suffering, and we may not even be aware of them. Turning towards and facing the uncomfortable truth – this is the point of Buddhist meditation.    

The primary focus of the retreat will be meditation and mindfulness, and there will be opportunities for Q&A and discussion on the theme.  All welcome – although previous meditation experience is desirable before undertaking a 5 day retreat.

To book on our retreats click on the ALBA Retreats page and complete the booking form.



ALBA Events from August to December 2018

11 August – day of practice – Awakening to Life – led by Jenna Ghouse

1 September – day of practice – Self Compassion – led by Jenni Jepson and Chris Blain

26-28 October – weekend retreat- led by Nick Carroll

17 November – day of practice (day before Kathina) – led by Ajahn Amaro

15 December – day of practice – led by Nick Carroll

Days of Practice start at 10am unless otherwise stated – registration from 9.15am – 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 (in bold) require prior booking by completing the ALBA retreat booking form. For more information view our web page about ALBA retreats or email:

All events take place at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery Retreat Centre.