Practise Mindfulness on a Half Day Silent Retreat at Anahata Yoga Centre, Leigh-on-Sea

12th December 2020, Saturday 23rd January 2021 1:00pm-4:00pm, £30 or £25 if booked by 14th December 2020.

Learn to be peaceful and compassionate in troubling times. 

Arrival and gentle introduction into an afternoon of silence and process of enquiry.

Practise of various sitting, moving, eating, and prone meditations.

Plenty of space around the meditations with time to reflect, be still and or journal.

We will be exploring both how to learn to be with uncomfortable emotions and sensations, and how to develop self-compassion within the container of mindful awareness.

Spoken and shared enquiry for those who wish to discuss their experience of practising in silence. What was thrown up for you, what felt comfortable or uncomfortable, what you learnt, how the container of silence enhanced the experience of the meditations.

We are often very fixed in our thinking, believing things will always be the same, replaying old stories and beliefs. The habit of clinging to these old habitual patterns of thinking and can lead to narrow view, anxiety, stress, poor relationships and judgments. 

The three and a half hour retreat will open a space to practise beginner’s mind.  
We will approach our practises with a beginner’s mind offering us a sense of freshness, curiosity, and openness to new experiences. 

A beginner’s mind is judgement free, and compassionate.  Bring your beginner’s mind to the deep practise of silent meditation, creating a space for a new outlook and view about each and every arising moment.  Life is rich and diverse and fresh and curious and wonderous, and sad, and lonely and scary and many more things, this the inevitability of living a human life, its unique and rich tapestry.  Practising mindfulness offers you the tools to navigate life’s challenges with ease and joy.  

All practises are led by Dawn Lister and are voice led. With periods of silence before and after meditation practises.

Who benefits from this retreat?

The event is for all people who have some experience of mindfulness. Those wishing to deepen their practise and explore deeply their relationship between thought and feelings. To reveal the habitual patterns of thought and subsequent actions and how that impacts on us. To create a stronger meditation practise. If you are considering a silent retreat of some length this is a great introduction to the practise of stillness and silence.

Dawn Lister has taught meditation for 25 years, has studied with several Buddhist traditions, and has led numerous yoga and mindful meditation retreats and courses over the course of her long career. She is a reflective, lighthearted and intuitive teacher, an eternal student who is passionate about sharing mindful meditation.

Price £30 or £25 if booked by 14th December 2020. Refreshments offered. 

Dawn Lister meditating in a garden

About the Teacher

Dawn Lister has taught meditation for 25 years, has studied with several Buddhist traditions, and has lead numerous yoga and mindful meditation retreats and courses over the course of her long career. She is a reflective, light hearted and intuitive teacher, an eternal student who is passionate about sharing mindful meditation.