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Do you love to meditate? Would you love to meditate more often with other meditators? You can!
We are delighted that the very successful Osho meditation retreats we used to run on Dartmoor will now continue – and very cheaply. They will happen at a more convenient and more available venue near London.
Our first three retreat weekends, October and November 2018 and January 2019, were brilliant. The next is 22 – 24 February 2019. The previous retreats had the themes of “silence”, “witnessing” and “chakras”.
These are retreats for friends of Osho who’ve done Osho meditations before and just long to meditate together with other meditators. Newcomers are very welcome and the meditations will be explained, but this is not aimed as a newcomers event or as a teaching workshop. While we (Jyoti, Nitya, Islam) are organising the weekend, we do not regard ourselves as “leading” it; it is led by Osho. It is to fulfill the longing to meditate with fellow seekers.
“A meditator needs no personal guidance. A meditator, on the contrary, needs only one thing: the atmosphere of meditation. He needs other meditators; he needs to be surrounded by other meditators. Because whatever goes on happening within us is not only within us, it affects people who are close by. In this communion people are at different stages of meditation. To meditate with these people, just to sit silently with these people, and you will be pulled more and more towards your own intrinsic potentiality.”(from The Invitation, Chapter 12)
It is so very difficult to find a balance in our lives between the outer and the inner – so much of our time is spend focusing outwards. In our experience we need to actively pursue times that allow us to pay attention to our inner workings. Through retreats like these that we find respite and a break from constantly engaging our minds.
Our aim is to provide a conducive environment and the company of friends over a weekend. We are not teachers, we will not dispense any advice or guidance on spiritual matters. We have extensive, personal experience of the meditation techniques and will give explanations regarding the techniques and some practical hints, but we want to keep this to a minimum as doing this will impact on our own meditation.
For this reason also we request all participants to stay in silence as much as possible.
Speaking at a week long meditation retreat, OSHO says:
“For these eight days do not move in your old habit patterns. Do not say things which you have been saying always. The moment you remember, stop. You know you have said this so many times; you have been saying this to your wife for years, and you know what she will answer. Everything has become a routine, a mechanical repetition.
Do not say it. Say something new. Or if you cannot find, if it is very difficult to find something new, remain silent: that will be something new. Or, and this will look foolish, but I want you to be foolish for these eight days- do not use words, use gestures. If you want to something to your friend or partner in the room or to your wife or anyone, use gestures: do not use language. Just be as if deaf or dumb: use gestures; say something through gestures. Or, if you cannot express through gestures, then use sounds – but do not use words. A deep exultation will happen to you; a deep benediction will come to you.”
“What I mean is: do not be a victim of the usual patterns here. Do not be concerned with anyone else. You are always concerned. Be concerned with yourself. Be totally selfish; be concerned with your own self. Enjoy your being, enjoy the surroundings, meditate with the group and alone, and be totally centred in yourself. Do not think about what others are doing. Do not think about it. Allow others to do whatsoever they want to do. Do not interfere with anyone. Even the idea of allowing others to do whatsoever they want to do will free you because you are unnecessarily burdened by others. Be totally selfish.”
(from The Supreme Doctrine, chapter 1)
There will be Silent Sittings during which we will put the focus on witnessing – our body, our thoughts, our emotions, the sounds around us. We will also experiment with listening to OSHO speaking, with music, dance, and some of His unique meditation techniques.
The cost is only £125 for the 2-day weekend including food.
Please read these directions, see the map at the bottom of the page, and for the final 100 yards of the journey do NOT rely only on your satnav. Do! Not! Rely! On! Your! Satnav!, instead take these directions.
The address is:
Turpins Ride, Amersham Road, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4RS but Read! The! Directions!!!
If you are in London, then this is Amersham on the Metropolitan line. We may be able to offer a lift from Amersham station, by prior arrangement. Don’t just ring us on the day.
The programme starts at 4:00 pm on Friday (or later if necessary by arrangement) and ends after lunch on Sunday (approx 2:00 pm.).
For enquiries and to book, please see the Contact page.