At the Still Point of the Turning World

– TS Eliot, from poem Burnt Norton

Join Bodhilila, the chair of the West London Buddhist Centre and experienced mindfulness teacher for a day retreat to find the ‘still point’ within you.

This online day retreat will help you become more relaxed and grounded so that you can gain equanimity and a wider perspective on your life, allowing you to open both to challenges and to moments of pleasure and joy.

Bodhilila will guide you in connecting with a more spacious experience. With this spacious stillness, we can cultivate emotional resilience to respond creatively to whatever is going on within us and around us, despite overwhelm or difficult circumstances going on internally or externally.

The retreat will start with an hour-long introduction session on Friday 14 October. There will be welcomes and an introduction to the retreat theme, and you will also explore ways to prepare and to pace yourself to get the most out of the retreat time.

On the day of the retreat on Saturday 15 October, there will be guided meditation practices, mindful movement, teaching input, reflection time and opportunities to connect with others and to share reflections and experiences with others in a supportive space. There will be screen breaks and personal time throughout the day.

What You Will Gain

  • An opportunity to become more grounded and to soften around tension held in the body
  • A nurturing space to turn towards difficult experiences with kindness and care
  • Time to connect with what brings us pleasure, inspiration and joy
  • Tools to create more space and spaciousness in your life
  • An opportunity to connect and practice with others in a supportive space

Who is this event for?

Open to all levels of experience: 

  • Those with an interest in exploring mindfulness and meditation who want to learn how it can enhance our daily lives
  • Those with previous experience of mindfulness and meditation looking for an opportunity to take it further with a day of shared practice
  • More experienced mindfulness practitioners who want to cultivate more equanimity in their practice and their lives

Details

When: Saturday 15 October, 2022 (with introductory session on Friday 14 Oct)

Time: 8:00am - 5:30pm UK time (see this Time Zone Converter for your time zone)

Where: Zoom (download for free here)

Schedule

Times are given in UK time (GMT) - see this Time Zone Converter for your time zone.

When

What

Fri 14.10.22

7-8pm

Welcome and Introductions

Saturday 15.10.22

8.30am - 9.15am

Meditation and mindful movement

9.15am- 10.30am

Personal time

10.30am-12.30pm

Morning session (includes break)

12.30-2pm

Lunch and personal time

2.00-3.15pm

Afternoon session

3.15-3.45pm

Break

3.45--5pm

Meditation, reflection, closing circle and goodbyes

5pm

End

How to Join

When you book you will be taken to a form to complete. Once completed, we will email you your confirmation and a link to join the event via the platform Zoom. When you receive the link - simply click on it at the start time to join the online video call. Click here for a short video on how to use Zoom.

How to Prepare for an Online Retreat?

Here are some ways you set yourself up for a retreat at home: 

  • Wear loose and comfy clothing.
  • Find a quiet space in your home where you can practice undisturbed. Make yourself comfortable with cushions and blankets close by should you need them.
  • If possible, unplug from as many digital distractions as possible (this helps to create a sense of being on retreat).
  • Keep hydrated throughout the retreat. 
  • If possible, prepare your meals beforehand so that you can relax in the break periods.

About Colette

Bodhilila

Bodhilila is an experienced mindfulness and meditation teacher who has been practising

mindfulness for over 30 years. She is the chair of the West London Buddhist Centre, and has been leading residential retreats since 1990, including retreats for the POC and LGBTQ+ communities. More recently she has led day, weekend and weeklong retreats online with a focus on mindfulness and kindness practice.

Bodhilila is a Breathworks Associate Teacher and qualified as a Breathworks teacher in 2015 and as a Breathworks supervisor in 2019. She is inspired by the Breathworks approach, in particular she loves how it combines a compassionate yet practical approach to mindfulness to empower people to make positive and creative changes in their lives.

Her other qualifications include a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage, a Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis Counselling and a PGCE. She worked for 15 years as a classical musician then as a massage therapist, counsellor, primary school teacher and nursery manager.

Cost

Supporter's rate

Pay for yourself and help support one person to join on a Bursary.

£92

Individual rate

Normal priced rate

£65

Concession rate

For those in financial hardship who cannot afford our full priced rate (see below for more).

£45

Bursary rate

A limited number of places are reserved for those unable to afford the Concessionary Rate.

£18

A Guide to Concessionary & Bursary Place

Breathworks is a charitable organisation with a mission to make the benefits of mindfulness accessible to everyone. To help remove barriers for people in financial hardship, we offer a limited number of concessionary and bursary places on events and courses. We operate our booking system on the basis of self-assessment and trust. Please have a careful read of our eligibility guide below, and contact us if you have any further questions.

Concessionary Rate: applies to individuals with an income of less than £18,500 a year (or less than £24,000 if you live in London). 

Bursary Rate: a limited number of bursary places are reserved for individuals with significant financial barriers that limits them from affording the Concessionary Rate.

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Supporter's rate -Still Point - Oct 2022

Decrease Increase £92.00

Individual rate - Still Point - Oct 2022

Decrease Increase £65.00

Concession rate - Still Point - Oct 2022

Decrease Increase £45.00

Bursary rate - Still Point - Oct 2022

Decrease Increase £18.00