in Elontuli course center, Karjalohja, Finland
Your heart & my heart are very, very old friends –Hafiz, Sufi poet
Where is friendship with the Lovely dwelling in us?
On this retreat, we will delve into our inner natural belonging and the befriending jagged edges of non-belonging. Exploring spiritual friendship with ourselves, others, and our surroundings, through Deep Rest resting into this ”lovelyness”, the freedom & empowerment inside it.
In a Deep Rest meditation retreat one is guided to give up trying to be “a good meditator”. Participants are encouraged to try lying down for meditation, but sitting is also fine. The posture can be adjusted freely before and during meditation. In a relaxed posture we are more able to let go of deep contractions of body and mind. Also, as we are not so dominated by our greed to try to get it right or try to be someone, we can find and develop a more authentic relationship with ourselves, the world and others.
Noon’s influences are varied, with an interest in all spiritualities: retreats and courses with Jaya Ashmore from Open Dharma since 2008, the Buddhist tradition of Ajahn Chah, Tibetan Buddhism, sacred chanting, silent walking & movement. He enjoys how the traditional and open spirituality practices meet as one in his heart. Noon’s varied life experience brings a listening with vibrancy, an alive practice he loves to share.
Noon is an ex circus artist and street performer who retired from the circus in 2004 to dedicate his life to spiritual practice, living in dhamma centers (France & South Africa) and Amaravati monastery (UK). Noon co-created Ekuthuleni rustic retreat place with Sumedha (Hannah) Bagshaw. Ekuthuleni is a back to basics meditation center in the foothills of the french Pyrenees. The emphasis is on meditation and ecological awareness, and bringing these two together.
Connecting with curiosity & energy, with a sense of embodying spiritual practice through in depth body grounding meditations are Noon’s fields of exploration. He is transgendered… a two spirit person all in one.
With contemplative walking, one-to-one sharings, dhamma talks and some sacred chanting, we can gather ourselves into relaxed stillness and explore the curious fruits of this stillness.
In addition, each practitioner is asked to participate in one hour of working meditation a day, such as vegetable chopping or basic cleaning in the house.
The retreat is held in silence. All the teaching will be in English. The retreat is appropriate for people at all experience levels or with no meditation experience.
The standard cost for the retreat is 320€ (not including possible donations for teacher and managers). We are willing and able to support your practice regardless of your financial status at the moment. This means that it is possible to pay less than the standard cost. If you would like to support someone else with some extra payment, that is also possible and greatly appreciated.
You can ask more from email@example.com, or from Tuulikki Hukka (+358 50 432 9241, application and payment) or Havu Pellikka (+358 50 499 1131, firstname.lastname@example.org), other questions).
From participants of previous deep rest retreats:
”My own practice has been deeply insprired by the deep rest meditation approach. For me this has offered a deep way of opening body, heart and mind; an escape from extensive doing and trying to achieve in meditation; encouragement in finding my own path; and trust in a more intuitive way of guiding my practice and my life, and in letting processes unfold by themselves.”
– Anna Backholm, Finland
”I don’t even know what happened to me during only 5 days – was it the meditation, silence, the deep rest, Jaya’s teachings, chanting, food, nature, the community or everything that happened to me before that lead me to that place? I know, separation is illusion – it was everything, it was life. But something opened inside of me and made me feel like I arrived home, so happy, light, relaxed and sometimes heavy, drowsy, anxious, emotional and processing things, sometimes ecstatic, always full of gratitude. I can say the retreat changed my life and was one of greatest things I’ve experienced. I was relieved of so much pain, some of it something I carried with me since childhood. … It’s like I was a piano that was out of tune and now someone came and tuned me.”
– Lari Miikkulainen, Finland
Everyone is warmly welcome!