The Gaze of Kindness and Wisdom

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The Gaze of Kindness and Wisdom

6 – 13 September 2014

Venue: The High Heathercombe Centre

This silent retreat offers an opportunity to explore and deepen the profound and transformative practices of Loving-kindness (Metta) and Insight (Vipassana) Meditation.

Kindness and compassion are qualities of mind and heart that have the potential to heal, nourish and inspire. Kindness can free our heart from fear and contraction and connect us to a deep care for ourselves and boundless love for all beings.

Insight meditation is an invitation to awaken to the whole of our life with all its joys and challenges and to recognise our potential for care, understanding and wisdom. As we open to our experience with a kind and curious attitude we start to realize how we often relate to life in habitual, unhelpful and painful ways. Through heartful presence and inquiry we can discover ways of meeting our experience, others and this world that are based on wisdom, kindness, compassion and freedom.

To support you in your explorations you are asked to stay for the whole length of the retreat.

There will be meditation instructions, teachings, guided meditations and regular meetings with Kirsten.


The retreat is offered freely as the organisers intend to fundraise in advance to cover all costs (we anticipate these will be about £150 per person). Donations will be invited at the end of the retreat and these will be used to fund retreats in the future. This gives retreatants the opportunity to practice generosity by making it possible for future retreats to also be offered freely.

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 teacher is greatly appreciated, and at the end of each retreat there will be an opportunity to offer them a donation.

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