Are you an artist, looking for a free retreat opportunity? Here are some places in the UK, Europe, the US and South America that offer free or very cheap retreats for artists, performers and writers. Retreats are an essential for the writer or artist. On retreat, all you have to do is hone your craft, … Continue reading Free retreats for artists, writers and performers
Having left it too late to book on a ten-day Vipassana course this winter, I decided to create my own retreat. On December 29th, I am going to stay in a bungalow on the Pembrokeshire coast for a week. For the first three days, I am having complete silence. This will involve a full media … Continue reading Planning my own personal retreat
Is compassion something you are born with, or can you learn to become more compassionate? New research suggests that compassion can be both taught, and learned. Richard Davidson and associate scientist Antoine Lutz studied the brain scans of 16 monks and 16 control subjects. All were asked to practise a special compassion meditation whilst undergoing … Continue reading Can compassion be learned?
Ever find yourself asking questions about who you are and what you should be doing? Do you feel like the answers are out there somewhere? Are the answers more important to you than the questions themselves? The poet Rainer Maria Rilke has this advice: Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, … Continue reading Looking for the answers?
As a student, did you ever ask, like me, “Why am I learning this?” or “What good will this do me in my life?” And let me guess… you were asking about algebra or trigonometry, right? It seems like a feature of modern life. In our Western world, much it seems is about what ‘I … Continue reading It’s not what you get, it’s what you give