Silent meditation retreat at 50 Gloucester Place
Sunday, 5th January 2020
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 Lecture Hall) and a separate area for rest, reading and refreshments (first floor Reference Library).
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.
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 regulars to book, but those who have not previously been to one of these retreats should let me know in advance that they wish to come and then arrive by 11.45am on the day so that I can ensure they are briefed verbally before we all go silent. Participants must sign in and out at Reception on the day.
Meditation: meditation will take place in the main Lecture Hall on the ground floor, with which you are all familiar (the Members 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 Reference Library on the first floor where there is a central table. 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. (N.B.The larger Memorial Library, next door to the Reference Library on the first floor, will also be available for our use but no food or drink other than water may be taken into this room so it is strictly for reading and relaxation only).
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). When you leave the building, please be extra careful not to allow any strangers in at the same time. Any issues or problems arising during the day should be brought to my attention at the time, even if I am meditating.
Shoes: please leave your shoes in the first floor Library or the ground floor hall.
Toilets: both the ground floor and first floor facilities will be available
Cost: admission free, donations towards room hire welcome.
Alan Perry (Centre Director)