Deepening Roots of Refuge

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Deepening Roots of Refuge: A Winter Retreat

19-21 January 2019

Venue: Cefn Coch Farm, Mid Wales

Please Note: Due to the small capacity of this venue, places on this retreat will be limited to those living in the local area and we will not be taking bookings through this website. However, we put the retreat information here in case it looks interesting to any of you. If you might enjoy attending a retreat like this in the future please let us know, either by filling in the Contact Us form or by emailing us at info@freelygivenretreats.org. We are delighted to be supporting this retreat and hope Gareth and Julia will run larger retreats in the future. By registering your interest they can gauge what options are feasible.


Join our intimate group for a nourishing, communal, meditative and land-based retreat, as we deepen in our relationship with ourselves, with the natural world, and with each other.

We’ll be cultivating meditation practices drawn from the earliest Buddhist texts, with guidance and support from experienced facilitators. Our invitation is to explore the lived experience of refuge, both internal and external, in the context of a nurturing and focused environment encouraging contemplation, energetic resourcing, and relational practice.

We aspire to embody a spirit of openness, accessibility, and inclusivity towards all, and encourage and aim to support those of diverse racial, sexual, gender, economic, age, physical and class backgrounds.

We’ll also be contributing to the landscape through the planting of native broadleaf trees; in particular, helping the community at Cefn Coch farm by planting the saplings for a Willow coppice.

There will be simple and nourishing vegetarian food provided, and hot drinks and snacks available throughout the weekend.


We aim to keep costs below £40 per person. Thanks to the generosity of those who have attended our retreats in the past, and left donations, you can come along knowing that your place will already have been paid for. Amazing! At the end of the retreat we will invite donations – this is an opportunity to practise generosity yourself and to enable others to receive the same gift in the future. We truly appreciate, on behalf of these future retreatants, whatever you feel able to give. (So you know, because all the work putting on these retreats is done by volunteers we have almost no overheads at all – the whole thing is run on generosity and love. That means all your money will go straight into the kitty for future retreats, paying for nothing but absolute essentials.)

We will also invite a separate donation for the teachers. Teachers do not receive a fee for leading retreats, whilst giving enormously of their time and energy. Dharma teachings are considered priceless and therefore teachers offer their understanding freely. The livelihood of most Insight Meditation teachers depends wholly, or to a large extent, on voluntary contributions from retreatants who value their guidance and wish to support the ongoing teachings of the Dharma. Your generosity to the teachers is greatly appreciated.


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