Old Students Retreat

You've been given your instructions. Now take time to practice.

Take some time out to practice your meditation in a supported environment.

Old Students Retreat
Sandon Hall
Staffordshire
Mostly Shared Rooms
Camping Available

5th – 12th June 2020
[Retreat has been cancelled]

Deposit £100
Donation Retreat

Donation Retreat

Over the last two decades Burgs has taught meditation to 1000’s of students across the UK and beyond. Over this time he has shared a wide variety of teachings on how to meditate.

With so many people now wanting to learn meditation it’s getting harder for Burgs to be able to host so many retreats. Having been supported by Burgs over the years, it’s time we create and hold a space for each other. Where we can meditate together in a space which is conducive to connecting to nature, and to consciousness.

So the move has to be made to start running retreats without Burgs. 

This retreat aims to provide a space for students to come and practice their meditation, supported by assistants and senior students who have spent a considerable amount of time with Burgs.

There will be optional break-out q&a sessions for those that need clarification and further guidance, directed by senior students and assistants.

Burgs may be present, but not in a teaching capacity. 

With the support of our Sangha, we are able to offer up this retreat on donation. We ask that you pay a deposit to confirm your place and then contribute something at the end of the retreat if you so wish.

The deposit amount is £100 to confirm your place.

If you have any questions then please do let us know. 

Why attend this retreat?

The space we will setup for you will be an opportunity to decompress from the fast-paced urban life that we find ourselves more often than not. This digital detox enables us to really release the stress from our system and helps us engage in our healing process to feel rejuvenated and restored. 

Camping will be an option for those who wish to be outside as much as possible. Outdoor showers will be provided. Camper vans may also be possible. 

Your meals will be provided for as per our normal retreats. This will be made by other members of the AoM community. Learning to be of service to each other and supporting each other as best we can.

Being in silence. This is a key aspect of our normal retreats and we will use this silence in the same way.

Open Retreat: Open to all levels of experience who have sat one of Burgs’ retreats already.

Arrival time: 5pm on arrival date
Finish time: 10am on finish date

Duration: 7 days

Donations are for food and accommodation costs. We will ask you to contribute something at the end of the retreat.

Deposits are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another event.

The house has many shared accommodation rooms. 

Camping options are also available for those who wish to be outside in these extensive grounds.

There will be outdoor showering facilities for those camping. 

The extensive grounds are beautifully maintained and can be enjoyed throughout the retreat.

The main house will be WiFi free (ElectroMagnetic Radiation EMR) for the duration of our retreat. As you know this is a key element to our retreats.

Who is it for?

Donation Retreat

Assistants and Senior Students

Timetable

House Rules

Silent Retreat

This retreat is open to anyone who has been on retreat with Burgs already and knows how to meditate.

Friends of those who have experience in meditation and been on retreat elsewhere may also be able to attend. Please email us for more details.

It doesn’t matter if you are out of practice with your meditation. You can use this time to develop your practice as you wish, using recordings or otherwise, whilst in a supported space.

This retreat will be offered on donation for food and accommodation.

These donations will go towards covering the cost of the venue hire and food during your retreat.

We ask that you pay £100 deposit to confirm your booking so that we may organise the retreat properly.

We will ask you to contribute something at the end of your retreat at your discretion if you so wish to give.

Over the years, a core group of students and assistants have emerged. They are in regular contact with Burgs and have been selected by Burgs to act on his behalf.

This group will host these retreats.

They will regularly check in with participants sitting the retreat to ensure that everyone is clear about the instructions being given.

Burgs may well be present at the retreat but not in a teaching capacity.

Below is a typical day on retreat.

The meditation sessions on retreat generally start at 20minutes, building up to 30 – 40 minutes.

Regular 20 minute breaks are given between sessions.

There are exercise sessions at least twice a day, along with a 2 hour lunch break to enjoy walking outside or to have a nice afternoon rest.

There will be regular opportunities to ask questions where necessary.

6.15am Wakeup
6.45am Morning Meditation (unguided)
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Morning session (instructions for the day and meditations)
11.30am Exercise session (chi kung / yoga)
12.30pm Lunch
2.30pm Afternoon session (clarifying discourses and meditations)
5.30pm Exercise session (chi kung / yoga)
6.30pm Soup
7.30pm Evening Discourse and Meditation (generally of a motivational and inspirational nature)
8.30pm Bedtime

The basis for the successful practice of meditation is sīla (virtuous / moral conduct). It is extremely difficult to develop Strong Concentration (samadhi) and Insight / Wisdom (panna) while our mind is unrestrained and disorganised.

When the Buddha taught meditation he suggested that those hoping to make real progress adhere to a simple code of conduct that would support this endeavour. While on retreat we will likewise follow these same guidelines.

It is our aim to offer retreats which enable the student to develop and deepen their practice in the most supported environment possible. As such, each student is asked to observe a few simple rules so that they may get the most out of their time on retreat.

The basic tenets with which we ask you to follow are:

– To abstain from killing any living being.
All meals will be vegetarian during the week.

– To abstain from taking what is not given.
All basic requirements will be provided for during your stay such as food.

– To abstain from sexual activity.
Male and female students will have separate rooms for sleeping accommodation during the retreat.

– To abstain from untruthfulness.
Noble silence will be observed for 6 days of the retreat.

– To abstain from all intoxicants.
No smoking, alcohol or other drugs use will be permitted. Please inform us of any prescribed drugs you will be using whilst on retreat.

Noble Silence is a key aspects to your retreat. It is the foundation on which your meditation practice and progress will be built upon.

– It is a key part of this experience and will be maintained for 6 days of the retreat. The final afternoon on the last full day will be an opportunity to slowly start to come out of retreat mode.

– Although many people find the idea of remaining silent quite daunting at first, almost all find that it adds considerably to the whole experience of being on retreat.

– The main benefit of this practice is to allow the internal mindfulness of the student to develop over the week allowing them to be undistracted during their retreat.

– There will be opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification from the teacher or any of his assistants at appropriate times. It is not considered to be breaking your silence to seek clarification on what you are being asked to do.

Below are the various aspects of Noble Silence we ask you to follow:

Handing in Mobile Phones. All participants are asked to hand in their mobile phones at the start of the retreat (after supper on arrival day).

– To be secluded from your daily life for a whole week allows you to fully engage with the teachings being shared in an undistracted way.

– If there is a need to be contactable due to special circumstances such as family illness, then please use the emergency phone number provided. Please discuss this with an assistant upon arrival.

No talking to or distracting of other students. Many people find it hard to take time away from their busy lives to attend retreat. If you feel you are struggling with the silence then you can always speak to one of the assistants who can help you with this.

No reading. No note taking. No writing diaries or journals. You can make notes and write in your diaries once we have broken silence on day 6.

No physical contact with anyone is permitted as this disturbs all parties involved.

– Eye contact should be avoided within reason. Seeking to distract people while on your retreat is something that we advise against as this disturbs both you and the other person(s) involved.