Welcome to Freely Given Retreats
Freely Given Retreats has been established to make Insight Meditation retreats available to everyone regardless of their financial situation. We feel inspired by the culture of generosity of South East Asia in which Buddhist monasteries and retreat centres are open to all without any charges or fees. We are passionate about our commitment to making similar opportunities to go on retreat available in our own society. Our retreats will promote a culture of generosity by encouraging people to donate in order to support the meditation practice of others.
Insight Meditation is the practice of developing mindful investigation into the nature of experience, leading to wisdom, compassion and the ending of suffering. It has its origins in various Buddhist traditions but our retreats are open to all regardless of religious affiliation. Our retreats are generally held in silence in order to develop calmness of mind as the basis for meditative insight.