Silent retreat at 50 Gloucester Place for Centre members
Sunday 6th January 2019
These retreats are wonderful opportunities for prolonged periods of silent meditation. You can stay for as much or as little of the day as you choose. The session follows the traditional DC routine of unformatted silence for meditation and silent devotion, with a candle-lit room for meditation (ground floor) and a separate area for rest, reading and refreshments (first floor).
Details as follows:
Timings: 12 noon – 6pm or part thereof. The front door will be open from 11.30am – 12 noon and again from 2.45pm – 3.15pm but it will not be staffed outside those times. Participants must therefore choose whether to arrive at the start or the half-way point; there will be no ability just to drop-in at whim but you will be able to leave whenever you wish (being careful not to let strangers in as you exit).
Access control: these retreats are open to DC members, associates and current students/attendees only. Members of the general public are not permitted to attend. There is no need for DC regulars to book places but those who have not previously been to one of these retreats should let me know in advance that they wish to come so that I can ensure they are properly briefed. Participants must sign in and out at Reception on the day.
Meditation: unlike in previous years, meditation will take place in the main Lecture Hall on the ground floor, with which you are all familiar (the Member’s Room and kitchenette at the rear will be closed off). This will be the focal point of the retreat.
Relaxation: will take place in the main Library on the first floor where there is a large central table surrounded by twelve chairs. Please bring your own food (no meat, fish or alcohol please) but there are usually some communal offerings ie. left on the central table for general consumption. The DC will provide a kettle and tea/coffee makings + milk on a tray in the Library.
Silence: the ground floor will be totally silent throughout and noise/talking on the first floor will be discouraged. I ask all those attending to co-operate in keeping the whole building as quiet as possible.
Security: we will be responsible for the security of the building and need to take this seriously (one of the drawbacks of being in central London); any issues arising during the day should be brought to my attention at the time.
Shoes: please leave your shoes in the first floor Library.
Toilets: both the ground floor and first floor facilities will be available.
Cost: admission free, donations towards room hire welcome.
Alan Perry (Centre Director)