We invite you for the retreat Bright Mind Open Heart lead by Gaia House teacher Nathan Glyde. On this retreat we will explore vipassanā and mettā meditation. These are ways of meeting our life that bring clarity and joy. The practices of insight meditation (vipassanā) are offered to bring a sense of deep freedom and stable well being right here and now. When these insight practices are combined with the cultivation of the heart towards kindness and care (mettā) lasting change is within our reach. Mettā and Insight support a bright clarity in the mind, and a soft and open quality to our hearts: a meaningful liberation for our lives.

All are welcome to come and explore these practices on this residential retreat. This retreat is appropriate for everyone; those with a lot of meditation experience, or none at all. However, if you cannot come to the residential retreat you can still join online for the Dharma teachings, meditation instructions, and any guided meditation sessions. We offer this fully on dāna. For the online attendance you will need some stability in your own practice, as you will need to be able to sustain your own practice independently between sessions.

Teachings are offered in English and translated to Czech. The daily routine consists mostly of sitting and walking meditation and also includes instructions for meditation, an evening talk, a working period and a voluntary exercise of mindful movement. The retreat is held in silence except during individual or group interviews with a teacher.

NATHAN GLYDE has been practicing and studying meditation since 1997, and sharing teachings on retreats since 2007. In 2004 he co-founded SanghaSeva.org whose retreats emphasize wisdom and compassion in ecological and humanitarian service. Nathan’s schedule and teachings can be accessed at DependentOrigination.org

COVID 19 info: for the reasons of covid-19 pandemic, Nathan will be connected online. However, all the teachings will be preserved: introductions to meditations, lectures and interviews.

Date: 11-18. July

Place: Zen center Vrážné, vraznezen.org

Financial contribution: 4000 CZK standard price, 3200 CZK students and seniors. This contribution covers the costs of accommodation, food, and basic costs for organizing the retreat, however it does not cover the financial support for the teacher. The financial contribution for teacher – dana – is a voluntary, however very welcomed way of generosity of supporting the teacher

Food: vegetarian meals 3x day will be provided. If you have any food restrictions, let us know.

Accommodation: in shared rooms in sleeping bags. Alternatively, the participants can sleep in their small tents in the garden.

Applications: please send applications to info@meditacevhledu.cz. Reservation of the place on the retreat is made by the prepayment of 1000 CZK.