We invite you to the retreat Bright Mind Open Heart, lead by Gaia House teacher Nathan Glyde, held between 10-17. July in zen center Vrážné. 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 mind and 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. 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: depending on the current situation with the covid-19 pandemic, Nathan will either join the retreat in person or be connected online. All the teachings will be preserved in case of the online connection: introductions to meditations, lectures, and interviews.

Date: 10-17. July. After Sat 17. July, 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 (bonfire, 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 info@meditacevhledu.cz. Reservation of the place on the retreat is made by the prepayment of 1000 CZK.