going deeper - into the flow
Locana (Elizabeth English)
Locana (Elizabeth English) currently teaches mindfulness at Cambridge University. Her approach to meditation draws on four decades of meditation practice, and integrates her training in Focusing, Nonviolent Communication, and Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy. It is also underpinned by Locana’s doctoral research into Sanskrit meditation texts (Vajrayogini, published Wisdom 2002), and the practice of Recollective Awareness. Her first ‘Gentle Guide to mindfulness meditation’ was published in 2022: Journeys to the Deep with a sequel due out shortly: Into the Flow (The books are available on Amazon or from the Dhanakosa Bookshop.) Locana also loves singing, and wild walks with her cocker spaniel, Cherub.
An ideal first regulars retreat. These retreats take themes from our introductory programme and introduce a stronger Buddhist context through meditation, teachings, up to 3 days of silence, ritual and chanting.
Open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local Buddhist centre, is familiar with Buddhist practice and is looking to take it a bit deeper.
This retreat for anyone wishing to explore meditation and their inner world. You may want to inspire or re-inspire your meditation, or to benefit from new perspectives and approaches. Whatever your starting point, we take a relaxed approach, aiming to make meditation as enjoyable and enriching as possible. We also discover how to make meditation uniquely our own, seeking the right approach for ourselves at different times. In this way, meditation can become a real resource and a steady support in our lives. Anyone who has lost confidence in meditating, or who wishes to recharge or deepen their practice, may find this retreat especially helpful.
This retreat is a good follow on from our Journeys to the Deep retreat in 2023, but also suitable for those new to Locana's retreats. We base the retreat on the Gentle Guides to Mindfulness Meditation a series of books by Locana/Elizabeth English. Workshops include interactive exercises and time for creative expression, and also explore the deep journey of sleep. You may wish to record or journal your meditation journey in ways you enjoy, e.g. writing, artwork, movement, song, walks in nature. We draw on mindful perspectives found in Focusing, Nonviolent Communication and Somatic Experiencing.
The retreat is suitable for those of any faith or none.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.