We invite you to the retreat The Heart Unbound, led by Gaia House teachers Nathan Glyde and Zohar Lavie, who will be joining us and guiding us online, held between 20-27. August 2022 in zen center Vrážné.

This retreat is a time to relax and release our hearts. We often fall into restrictive habitual patterns and live with narrowly defined limitations of what is possible for us. We will take this week to open to the wise and compassionate teachings of the brahmavihārās: the heavenly abodes of the boundless heart. The four brahmavihārās are kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. These teachings and practices harmonize body, heart, and mind and free us from our learned limitations. We hope you will join us to soothe and expand our hearts into these beautiful qualities.

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. 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 will not be translated. 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.

ZOHAR LAVIE has been practicing meditation in different traditions since 1995. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe, and Israel. She also facilitates retreats that offer service as a spiritual path with SanghaSeva | Meditation in Action.

Date: 20-27. August 2022. After Sat 27. August, it is possible to stay longer in the Zen center. On the first day, we will spend some time working in the zen center and on social activities (bonfires, walks in nature…).

Place: Zen center Vrážné, vraznezen.org

Financial contribution:

  • In-person attendance: 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 the teacher – dāna – is a voluntary, however very welcomed way of the generosity of supporting the teacher.
  • Online attendance: on dāna.

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 retreats@meditacevhledu.cz. Reservation of the place on the retreat is made by the prepayment of 1000 CZK.