Secular Retreat: A.R.T of Fulfilment (Action, Reflection, Transformation)
8 – 17 September 2017, Land of Joy Retreat Centre, Northumberland, UK
Retreat leaders: Steff Hill & Ros Boughtflower
A.R.T of Fulfilment (Action, Reflection, Transformation) is an innovative, in-depth secular programme for people wishing to explore how to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Rooted in Buddhist and Western philosophy and psychology and supported by scientific research, this programme is based on the three themes of Inner Happiness, Good Heart and Clear Mind. These form a unique integrated framework that connects the cultivation of inner qualities with transformative action in daily life.
On this 9 night residential retreat in the peaceful Northumberland countryside, participants will be led through a process of individual and group inquiry in a supportive atmosphere to explore profound questions around:
- how you actually live in the world
- how this can either limit you or help you develop in the long-term
- whether you can change
- whether you have choices
- what makes a happier and more fulfilling life
- what living up to your potential might mean
These investigations are structured as a variety of enjoyable yet challenging exercises, reflections and discussions.
Most importantly, you will have structured daily exercises and techniques to take away with you at the end of the retreat to help you continue to inquire over time, and integrate your discoveries into daily life.
The A.R.T of Fulfilment, action, reflection, transformation is a Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom programme created by the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW).
Book your place on this transformative course at Land of Joy directly through the FDCW by clicking here .
About the retreat leaders:
Steff Hill is a long term student of Buddhism and accredited facilitator for the A.R.T of Fulfilment programme. Steff is very experienced in working with and facilitating group learning and has taught both in a professional academic context as a university lecturer as well as leading meditation groups, short retreats and foundational Buddhist programmes at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London.
The secular approach of this programme appealed to Steff as it was accessible to all and offered individuals the potential to nurture insights and cultivate positive inner qualities such as kindness and mental peace, which evolve through an understanding of the programme’s three interconnected themes of inner happiness, good heart and clear mind.
Steff has been described as being a kind and patient teacher who is able to support a group with sensitivity and awareness as they learn alternative ways of noticing their inner dialogues, identifying where these come from and explore techniques to craft helpful and happier “self-speak”. What she loves about this programme is that it does not answer questions and actively encourages remaining open so that insights and understanding may continue to arise.
Debate Retreat: The Sound of Many Hands Clapping
24th Sept – 4th Oct 2017, Land of Joy Retreat Centre, Northumberland
with Geshe Graham Woodhouse
Debate is the primary mode of philosophical enquiry in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the liveliest and most amusing way of understanding the timeless wisdom of the Buddha. Totally interactive and using directed question and answer with traditional moves and gestures, challenger and defender each energize the other to overcome ignorance and train in logic and reasoning to make sense of Buddha’s radical teachings on the world, the mind, impermanence and ultimate truth.
This course is open to both complete beginners and to those who have already been studying this subject. Complete beginners will get all the help they need to get started and others will continue from where they have reached so far. We will follow a daily practice of the sutra form of Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga throughout the course.
The retreat is led by Geshe Graham Woodhoouse, a highly respected Buddhist monk from Yorkshire, ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1994. Graham Woodhouse studied for seventeen years at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala and received his Geshe degree from Drepung Loseling Monastery in 2006.
For more information and how to book visit the Land of Joy website here.
To learn more about Tibetan Debate click here for a short introduction by Thubten Jinpa.
Image: Lama Thubten Yeshe © Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Debating with Geshe Graham has been full of laughter despite the intellectual challenges of the material we work with. He has inexhaustible patience in teaching comparable to his knowledge of the subjects he is encouraging his students to get to grips with. Personally, I find having a logical structure within which to think and construct lines of philosophical inquiry invaluable to deepening my knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism’s presentation of the nature of reality.
Studying debate in the Tibetan tradition has definitely improved my understanding of philosophical texts and the teachings in general. i.e. occasional permanence does exist, but that’s not a familiar concept in our culture at all, though through debate you come to understand such concepts and what they mean. It has also improved my attempts at analytical meditation. You can set your mind up in ‘debate mode’ and debate issues with yourself, which is really useful. It has increased my faith too. You realise how much every stone has been turned over by the masters and it gives you confidence you are in safe hands.