Weekend Vipassana Retreat with Nick Scott

Weekend Vipassana Retreat with Nick Scott

20th – 22nd March

Vipassana is the quality of enquiry, or insight. Along with mindfulness, Sati, it is the basis of Buddhist meditation practice. Neither are techniques, rather they are attitudes we can develop through meditation which will then steadily free us of any burdens we carry and our personal reactivity, so that we are able to develop serenity, or Upekka. This retreat will use mindfulness and loving kindness, Metta, to establish calm centeredness, Samadhi, so that we can start to explore the Buddha’s Vipassana teachings.

It will be held at Kilcoan Retreat Centre, Clarinbridge which is surrounded by woodland we can walk in. But it is also only 10 mins from a bus stop on the Galway-Limerick/Cork route and so easy for anyone to get to. Accommodation is mostly twin en-suite rooms. There will be an optional yoga class after tea on Saturday evening and time set aside for personal yoga or other practise each morning.

This retreat is suitable for anyone, but complete beginners will find it easier to first do a Meditation introduction Day. The retreat will be run under the Buddhist Eight Precepts and Noble Silence. See: https://www.amaravati.org/retreat-centre/coming-on-retreat/

So mobile phones and electronic devices are left with the managers at check in (an alternative mobile number will be provided through which you can be contacted at all times in case of any emergency). Also there will be no evening meal on the Saturday but there will be soup and bread at check-in on the Friday. Food will be vegetarian with vegan alternatives.

Start 7pm Friday, with check-in from 5pm. End 4pm Sunday. Planning to arrive late or leave early is not possible.

Enquiries and to book a place: teachnat@gmail.com

There is no charge for the teaching. We hope to cover venue and food costs through donations at the end.

Nick Scott has been teaching short and long retreats for 20 years with the endorsement of senior monks in the Thai Forest tradition. His teaching is wise and humorous, and illustrated with personal stories and insights from 45 years of meditation, including long solitary retreats and residing for 10 years at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery, in England. He is the author of several Buddhist travel books recounting adventures with Buddhist monks. These can be downloaded for free at: www.nickscottbooks.com

Nick lives with his partner, Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, near Clarinbridge, Co Galway