April 2020: a quote from Osho on “times of disaster”.
Do you love to meditate? Would you love to meditate more often with other meditators? Or are you just curious about Osho and would like to experience his approach? Would you like to find a meditation retreat that is high-quality but very low cost and easy to get to from London? Look no further!
We are delighted that the very successful Osho meditation retreats we used to run on Dartmoor will now continue – and very cheaply. They will happen at a more convenient and more available retreat venue near London.
The next London meditation retreat weekend is Friday Feb 28 (late afternoon) to Sunday March 1 (mid afternoon finish) 2020.
These retreats are “organised by us (Jyoti, Nitya, Islam), but run by Osho.” We primarily organise them because we ourselves love to meditate, and long to, attend Osho meditation retreats to meditate with others. As there are not many other Osho retreats available, we decided to run these. We have a vast depth of experience in Osho’s meditations and other forms of therapy and healing.
Different types of people attend these weekend London meditation retreats. Some are friends of Osho who’ve done Osho meditations before and like ourselves, just long to meditate together with other meditators. Others have a different meditation practice, and want to explore Osho’s approach to meditation. Others are newcomers, who are indeed very welcome. All the meditations, and the basics of meditation, will be explained as necessary.
“A meditator needs no personal guidance. A meditator, on the contrary, needs only one thing: the atmosphere of meditation. He needs other meditators; he needs to be surrounded by other meditators. Because whatever goes on happening within us is not only within us, it affects people who are close by. In this communion people are at different stages of meditation. To meditate with these people, just to sit silently with these people, and you will be pulled more and more towards your own intrinsic potentiality.” (from The Invitation, Chapter 12)
It is so very difficult to find a balance in our lives between the outer and the inner – so much of our time is spend focusing outwards. In our experience we need to actively pursue times that allow us to pay attention to our inner workings. Through retreats like these we find respite and a break from constantly engaging our minds.
Our aim of these London meditation retreat weekends is to provide a conducive environment and the company of friends over a weekend. We are not teachers, we will not dispense any advice or guidance on spiritual matters. We have extensive personal experience of the meditation techniques and will give explanations regarding the techniques and some practical hints.
Speaking at a week long meditation retreat, OSHO says:
“For these eight days do not move in your old habit patterns. Do not say things which you have been saying always. The moment you remember, stop. You know you have said this so many times; you have been saying this to your wife for years, and you know what she will answer. Everything has become a routine, a mechanical repetition.“What I mean is: do not be a victim of the usual patterns here. Do not be concerned with anyone else. You are always concerned. Be concerned with yourself. Be totally selfish; be concerned with your own self. Enjoy your being, enjoy the surroundings, meditate with the group and alone, and be totally centred in yourself. Do not think about what others are doing. Do not think about it. Allow others to do whatsoever they want to do. Do not interfere with anyone. Even the idea of allowing others to do whatsoever they want to do will free you because you are unnecessarily burdened by others. Be totally selfish.”(from The Supreme Doctrine, chapter 1)
There will be Silent Sittings during which we will put the focus on witnessing – our body, our thoughts, our emotions, the sounds around us. We will also experiment with listening to OSHO speaking, with music, dance, and some of His unique meditation techniques. A part of each day, but not all, will be in silence.
The cost is only £150 for the weekend including food.
If driving to this London meditation retreat read these directions, see the map at the bottom of that page, and for the final 100 yards of the journey do NOT rely only on your satnav. Do! Not! Rely! On! Your! Satnav!, instead take these directions.
The address is:
Turpins Ride, Amersham Road, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4RS but Read! The! Directions!!!
If you are in London, then this is Amersham on the Metropolitan line. We may be able to offer a lift from Amersham station, by prior arrangement. Don’t just ring us on the day.
The programme starts at 4:00 pm on Friday (or later if necessary by arrangement) and ends after lunch on Sunday (approx 3:00 pm.).
For enquiries and to book, please see the Contact page.
Finally: congratulations at getting to the bottom of this page, and our apologies if you find artificial the repeated references to eg London meditation weekend retreat. They are artificial!! But they are important to help Google to recognise what this website is about. There is no point in running a London mindfulness retreat unless people into meditation in London know it is happening.