Calendar

Please Note! If you have not done a week retreat before in a vipassana, insight meditation method, you may be asked to stay only one week.

Assistants: An assistant must have been on a retreat at Satipanya. It may be possible also if you have been on a vipassana retreat elsewhere. It is important the Assistants come also as retreatants.

If you are interested to come to serve on a retreat and want to know more, go to this page: Service at Satipanya

Assistants Needed

N.B. All the courses are serviced by assistants.

As assistant  you have the opportunity to serve others. It can be a way of expressing gratitude for the gift of Dhamma. Although the morning is mainly taken up with breakfast preparation and cooking, the rest of day is for practice. You can see the menus here.

As an assistant, we do not expect payment of the deposit or make a donation because you have kindly offered your time.
However, your commitment is essential, for the course would be very difficult to run without an assistant and may indeed have to be cancelled.

If you are interested, follow this link: Course Assistant
For info. about Retreats and teachers see website www.satipanya.org.uk
See drop down menus: especially About Us, Teachings and Retreats

Would you like to come and assist on a course?
Scroll down to see where we need you.

2020 Calendar below - Winter Mahasi only

What We Teach

Satipanya Calendar 2019

Name / Dates Teacher Assistant Comment
9.14 Autumn Four Week Mahasi
Sat 2 Nov-Sat 30 Nov
Noirin Sheahan Assistants in BOLD below

Waiting List Full – try one week before.

Retreats run as follows:

Sat 02 Nov – Sun 10 Nov  (8 days) Fi Robertson

Sun 10 Nov – Sat 16 Nov  (7 days) Fi Robertson

Sat 16 Nov – Sun 24th Nov  (8 days) Mary Stuart

Sun 24 Nov – Sat 30 Nov (7 days) John McDougal

When we see the world as it really is, we will be free from the distress that comes from identifying with a limited view of who and what we are. The retreat supports our efforts to see the world more clearly, and thereby disentangle the knots of confusion that bind us to emotional turmoil.  At precious moments, the heart opens and we sense what it means to be free.

A four week retreat, but you can come for a single week on weeks 1 or 3.

 

 

What we teach.    Schedules

 

 

 

Satipanya Calendar 2020

Name / Dates Teacher Assistant Comment
10.01 New Year Day Retreat
Sat 4 Jan
Bhante Bodhidhamma Assistant needed

Kick Start/Top up
Saturday 04 January
Bhante Bodhidhamma
Local Assistant : Needed
Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00
Please bring veggie food to share.

10.02 Mahasi Winter Retreat
Sat 11 Jan-Sat 28 Mar
Bhante Bodhidhamma Assistants see below

Eleven week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.

Please do not apply till after 01 October.

BN Only for those who have completed a weeklong Mahasi Retreat either here at Satipanya or with another accredited teacher.

Although the retreats are organised on a two week rota and you can stay for one week, we would encourage you to stay at least two weeks. You cannot join the course on the Sunday.

Start dates restricted to these Saturdays :  

Sat. 11 Jan – Sun. 19 Jan : Sun. 19 Jan – Sat. 25 Jan

Sat. 25 Jan – Sun. 02 Feb : Sun. 02 Feb – Sat. 08 Feb

Sat. 08 Feb – Sun. 16 Feb : Sun 16 Feb – Sat. 22 Feb

Sat. 22. Feb – Sun 01 Mar : Sun 01 Mar – Sat. 07 Mar

Sat. 07 Mar – Sun 16 Mar : Sun 16 Mar – Sat. 21 Mar

Sat. 21 Mar – Sat 28 Mar

Finishing Sat 28 March

Please note: make sure the dates on the application form match the dates you want to come.

Assistants: please consider staying for the full two weeks.

Sat. 11 Jan –  Sat. 25 Jan : Jim Tibby

Sat. 25 Jan – Sat. 08 Feb : Iain Macleod

Sat. 08 Feb – Sat. 22 Feb : Iain Macleod

Sat. 22. Feb – Sat. 07 Mar : Patricia Smythe

Sat. 07 Mar – Sat. 21 Mar :

Sat. 21 Mar – Sat 28 Mar: Gaia Zocchi

 

10.03 Easter Mahasi Retreat : Two Weeks
Sat 11 Apr-Sat 25 Apr
Noirin Sheahan Assistants Needed

Vipassana means “Seeing clearly”. When we see the world as it really is, we will be free from the distress that comes from identifying with a limited view of who and what we are.

During the retreat, we relax from all our usual busyness to give our full attention to present experience.  We learn to see the world more clearly, and to disentangle the knots of confusion that bind us to emotional turmoil.  At precious moments, the heart opens and we may sense what it means to be free.

What we teach.    Schedules

Preference given to those who wish stay for two weeks. Applications open January 2020.

Assistants

11 – 21 : Assistant Needed

If you can come to assist for two weeks that would be better for the course.

10.05 Buddha Day Taking Refuges and Precepts Ceremony and Day Retreat.
Sat 2 May
Bhante Bodhidhamma Assistant Needed

An opportunity for those who have taken Refuges and Precepts to renew their commitment.

An opportunity for those who not taken them, to do so even if the undertaking is only for a year.

For others, a day of practice.

Please bring veggie food to join us for communal lunch at noon.

Ceremony starts 13.30

Talk: How to find the Buddha within?

No need to book via Application form, but good to inform us by email: info@satipanya.org.uk

10.04 Bodycare Retreat
Sat 2 May-Wed 6 May
Bhante Bodhidhamma Assistant Needed

Bodycare

Bryan Lester, a reiki master, has run this course with me in past years. He will be helping us open up to Other Energy (Reiki).

Here we will also practise Vipassana, Metta and Bodycare.

Vipassana is heart purifying and insightful.

Metta is the development of Goodwill.

Bodycare is turning that Metta towards the body.

NB If you don’t want to come for the Buddha Day Celebration, you can come for 17.30 in the evening. Preference is given to those who want to take or renew Refuges and Precepts. Applications open January 2020.

10.06 Spring Day Retreat
Sat 16 May
Jenny Birkett Assistant Needed

Kick Start/Top up

See website for bio. And other info.

Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00

Please bring veggie food to share.

No need to book via Application form, but good to inform us by email: info@satipanya.org.uk

What we teach.    Schedules

10.07 Mahasi Weeklong Retreat
Sat 23 May-Sun 31 May
Guus Went Assistant Needed

All about Guus website

What we teach.    Schedules

Sayadaw U Pandita’s definition of Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the observing power of the mind, which clearly and simply experiences an object, without reacting to it.

Sitting meditation, walking meditation and daily activities are of equal importance. Applications open January 2020.

10.08 Mahasi Weeklong Retreat
Sat 6 Jun-Sun 14 Jun
Carl Fooks Assistant Needed

The Mahasi system can feel challenging, and its emphasis on moment-to-moment mindfulness can prove to feel particularly difficult. A more gentle approach to the practice, encourages a skillful and effective orientation that helps practitioners to commit themselves fully to the practice and the schedule, and thereby get the most out of the course.

What we teach.    Schedules

Applications open January 2020.

10.09 Summer Mahasi Retreat
Sat 20 Jun-Sun 13 Sep
Noirin Sheahan weeks 1 - 4, Bhante Bodhidhamma weeks 5 - 12 Assistants Needed see below

Twelve week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.

N.B. Although the retreats are organised on a two week rota, it is possible to come for the first 8 days of any two week slot. However, we would encourage you to stay at least two weeks.

Start dates restricted to these Saturdays :   20 June & 4 & 18 July, 01, 15 & 29 Aug.

Finishing Sun. 13 Sept.
(Alternate Sunday start is possible for Mahasi devotees.)

Please Note: This Year our Thirteenth Anniversary Celebration will take place on Sat. 12 Sept.

A challenging Retreat easily modified for beginners. See Beginner’s Testimonials on website.
You are encouraged to stay for more than one week.

Please note: make sure the dates on the application form match the dates you want to come.

Assistants: please consider staying for the full two weeks.

20 June – 04 July : Assistant Needed

04 July – 18 July : Assistant Needed

18 July – 01 August : Assistant Needed

01 – 15 August : Assistant Needed

15 – 29 August : Assistant Needed

29 August – 13 September: Assistant Needed

What we teach.    Schedules

Applications open January 2020.

10.10 Thanksgiving Ceremony for Satipanya : Thirteenth Anniversary
Sat 12 Sep
Bhante Bodhidhamma Assistant Needed

Please bring veggie food to join us for communal lunch at noon.

Come for a sit at 10.30

Ceremony starts 13.30

Talk: To be announced.

No need to book via Application form, but good to inform us by email: info@satipanya.org.uk

10.11 Weekend Retreat
Fri 25 Sep-Sun 27 Sep
Carl Fooks Assistant Needed

Waiting List Full – try one week before.

What we teach.    Schedules

See weekend schedule.

Carl’s may be a little different.

The Mahasi system is challenging, and its emphasis on moment-to-moment mindfulness can prove to be particularly difficult. Carl teaches a gentle approach to the practice, encouraging a skilful and effective orientation that helps practitioners to commit themselves fully to the practice and the schedule, and thereby get the most out of the course. Applications open January 2020.

10.12 Insight Dialogue
Sat 17 Oct-Sat 24 Oct
Anne Michel Assistant Needed

 

Insight Dialogue – created by Gregory Kramer http://www.metta.org – brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation practice into our interaction with others.

Depending on conditions inside us and around us, our perceptions of others and ourselves, we can open the heart with wisdom or create and sustain habitual patterns of stress and reactivity.

Insight Dialogue Practice allows us to face the complexity of our relationships with mindfulness.

Such experience softens our fears of relationship and diminishes our struggle to be seen or to escape the moment of contact.

Trust and calm can settle in us, anchored in wisdom and compassion.

It is a very good complement to the Vipassana practice, allowing both concentration and relationship habits to deepen.

The retreat is open to both beginners and long-term practitioners. Applications open January 2020.