The Art of Meditation Foundation Retreat (Level 1)

This is our signature retreat that people return to time and time again, year after year.
It is designed to be a full spectrum immersion course into the discipline, technique and energetics of meditative practice. 

Buckland Hall
Brecon Beacons, Wales
Single Rooms – Limited
Twin & Shared Available

January 2020

Price range £330 – £630

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Wellington College
Berkshire
Only Single Rooms
Limited Twin Rooms (Female Only)

March & October 2020

Price range  £450 – £550

Coming Soon

Sandon Hall
Staffordshire
Single Rooms – Limited
Shared & Camping Available

May 2020

Price range  £250 – £700

Coming Soon

Boconnoc House
Cornwall
Single Rooms – Luxe Rooms
Twin & Shared Available

To Be Confirmed

Price range £350 – £750

Coming Soon

We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of the following venues, enabling us to host retreats in environments that are conducive for learning meditation. Whether it be the beautiful grounds to enjoy nature in, or the space in which we learn to mediate, each venue brings its own flavour and experience to the retreats we host there. We hope you’ll enjoy each one for the special places that they are.

There is so much content offered in this one programme. Burgs introduces different threads to the main body of work each time he runs this retreat. So it serves as both an introduction to meditation for new practitioners whilst simultaneously providing the opportunity for more seasoned meditators to develop their practice.

Our aim is to offer the new student a comprehensive introduction to meditation, that they might establish a stable foundation in meditation that will support a continued practice at home, whilst providing a deeply healing and supportive experience during the retreat itself.

Many who come for the first time see this is as a beginner’s meditation retreat. But there are also those who attend with a lot of meditation experience. With the teacher present, Burgs is able to not only respond to the varying needs of each group, but also give specific guidance to individuals where appropriate.

 

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Buckland Hall

12th – 19th January 2020 [Last Few Places]

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Wellington College

28th March – 4th April 2020

COMING SOON

Sandon Hall

15th – 22nd May 2020

Coming Soon

Wellington College

23rd – 30th Ocotber 2020

COMING SOON

Level 1 Retreat: Open to all levels of experience

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

Duration: 7 days

Concessionary places available upon request (venue dependent). 

Prices shown are for food and accommodation only. Teachings are offered on donation at your discretion at end of retreat.

Deposits are non-refundable (for more info see Cost of Retreat below)

The following online course is supportive to those who have been on this retreat, or who wish to prepare themselves for this retreat.

Associated Level 1 Online Course

Who is it for?

Retreat Experience Already?

Waiting List

Cost Of Retreat

A Typical Day on Retreat

House Rules

Silent Retreat

This retreat is the entry point for everyone who wishes to come on retreat with Burgs.

This retreat is open to both absolute beginners and experienced meditators alike.

The only caveat to this is that in some cases where individuals are in treatment for certain health conditions, particularly any mental health issues you may be experiencing.

We ask that you inform us of any pre-existing conditions during the booking process.

Have you learned with other teachers? Maybe you are well practiced with the Goenka vipassana practice? Or another teacher practicing vipassana?

Regardless of your experience, we do ask that you attend the Art of Meditation Level 1 retreat first, irrespective of experience.

The level 1 retreat provides a solid foundation to the way Burgs teachers and provides a framework and understanding to meditation practice, the technology of mind and consciousness and how it functions.

For those interested more details about this is explained in volume one of the Flavour of Liberation.

Our retreats do get booked quickly so it’s a good idea to book as soon as you can.

If however you find that the retreat is already full, then it is a good idea to get onto the waiting list.

We do usually get a few last minute cancellations and people transferring to other retreats, so you might find that we can offer you a place on the retreat of your choice.

This is particularly applicable to those of you who can make arrangements to attend retreat with short notice.

You will still need to complete the booking process (pay deposit and complete a booking form).

If we don’t find you a space on retreat we will happily transfer the deposit to another retreat date or failing that, refund you your deposit.

The cost of your retreat is broken into two parts:

1. Published prices cover the costs for your food and accommodation. Deposits are inclusive of the published prices.

2. Donation to Burgs for the teachings he shares during the week (this amount is given at your discretion at the end of your retreat).

This deposit is non-refundable

Under certain circumstances we may be able to transfer deposits to another scheduled retreat.

Donation for Teachings:

Since starting to teach meditation in Asia, Burgs has always offered teachings on dana (donation). You will be invited to make a donation to the teacher at the end of the retreat (anonymously if you so wish).

This is a way of expressing our gratitude for the teachings that we have received, and a way to support both the teacher and the teachings, so that they can carry on being offered to others.

It is an important part of the retreat to take time to reflect on your experience whilst on retreat, and you are invited to make your own reflections on the value of what you have learned and so give accordingly.

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your retreat outside of 4 weeks of the published start date, there will be a 50% cancellation fee applied.

If you cancel your retreat within 4 weeks of the event, you are eligible to pay for the whole cost of the retreat, ie. 100% cancellation fee.

Deposits are not transferable within 4 weeks of the start of retreat. You can transfer your deposit to an event within the current shown schedule.

The deposit is a non-refundable.

Concessionary Rates:

If you are applying for a concessionary rate please email us to discuss this before arrival.

We do try and support those who really are in financial difficulty and are unable to commit to the full suggested donation amount for shared accommodation.

If you feel you qualify for this, then please email us about this during the booking process. Please note we would normally offer concessionary rates to attend retreats in the UK.

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.

Meditation sessions are guided by the teacher and/or assistants. These are supported by regular discourses which help clarify and explain the process and practice of meditation, with plenty of opportunities to ask Burgs questions as needed.
Instructions are regularly repeated throughout the day.

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.