Everyday Nirvana, Every Day : A Hungry Ghost Retreat

  • High Heathercombe Centre High Heathercombe Centre
  • Heathercombe Brake, Manaton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9XE
  • Jul 15 - 19, 2019 (5 days)
  • Free by donation only

About us

Self-love,
Self-compassion,
Self-appreciation,
Self-balance
& Self-forgiveness…

‘Everyday Nirvana’ is an intensive 5-day residential retreat expanding ‘Buddhist’ practices that support our waking-up from cravings and aversions; that support our healing from addictions and compulsions, that support our recovery from greed and hatred and confusion.

‘Everyday Nirvana’ is an invitation to deepen our understanding of recovery from addictions and compulsions that manifest as Craving, Aversion and Confusion.

Each retreat will comprise a daily routine of sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma talks and optional interviews.

Each day will start with mindful movement, then a morning reading followed by a 30-minute period of silent meditation. Throughout each day there will be talks and discussions; and most importantly plenty of opportunity to practise sitting, walking and standing meditation.  The essential practices of Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy-gladness and Equanimity will be central to each day’s practice.

Each retreatant will be given a personal set of Tibetan Prayer Flags.  On one side of each flag is decorated with woodblock prints of auspicious mantras, syllables and prayers – the other side is blank.

Throughout the 5-days, as we progress through our retreat, we are invited to write the names – starting with our own name – of all the many people that we want to send the blessings of loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity to on our personal prayer-flags.

We may also write our own personal aspirations, prayers and wishes creatively using words or images or symbols.

We may also write the names – starting with our own name – of the people from whom we might want to ask for forgiveness.

And lastly, we may write the names – starting with our own name – of all of the people that we may wish to forgive.

PLEASE NOTE: Vince Cullen does not get paid to teach this retreat, therefore, you are invited and encouraged to bring along a donation (Dana) in recognition of the teaching.

The High Heathercombe Centre offers a lot of Heart in the heart of Dartmoor Vince Cullen (Retreat Teacher)

Event Highlights

  • Learning to stay with the uncomfortable – Right Now It’s Like This !?
  • Develop an appreciation of the liberating distinction between ‘abstinence’ and ‘abandonment’.
  • An introduction to and/or deepening of one’s own mindfulness meditation practice as a basic attitude in everyday life.
  • A basic understanding of the Buddhist principles and practices of mindfulness-based harm reduction, relapse prevention and waking-up from ‘addictions’ and compulsions.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the difference between ‘abstinence’ and ‘abandonment’ of addictions, compulsions and harmful behaviour (i.e. the Training Precepts compared to the commitment of a Sajja [Vow]).
  • The opportunity to take part in and/or lead Buddhist-oriented ‘Sit-and-Share‘ peer-led support meetings.
  • The optional opportunity to make a Sajja [intention/aspiration/commitment/vow] as an outward manifestation of the Heart’s desire to move away from suffering towards the end of suffering.

Venue Highlights

The Centre is run on a charitable basis by the High Heathercombe Trust and is set in six acres of its own grounds and is ideally located for exploring Dartmoor’s beautiful landscapes and wildlife.

There are many possibilities for people to explore themselves and the wider world through education, creative activities and the acquisition of new skills – whilst enjoying the benefits of community experience as well as interaction with the natural environment.

Our Ethics and Permaculture

We are deeply committed to the Permaculture ethics of Earth Care, Fair Shares and People Care, and seek to underpin all of our work at the High Heathercombe Centre with these core values.

In tandem with the Permaculture Design Courses run at the centre, we are creating and implementing a number of Permaculture designs within the High Heathercombe grounds, including a young Forest Garden (food forest) and medicinal herb garden.

Amenities

  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Schedule

06:00 * Wake-up bell
06:30 * Qigong, Reading & Meditation
07:30 Breakfast (mindfully in silence)
09:00 * Teaching & Practice
12:30 Lunch
14:00 * Teaching & Practice
17:00 Free time
18:00 Supper
19:00 * Sit-and-Share
21:00 Noble silence until 8:30 am next day.

Accommodations

Accommodation
The purpose-built centre can accommodate groups of up to 25 people in six bunk bedrooms. There is a large comfortable sitting/dining room with an open fireplace. Adjacent to the dining room is a well-equipped kitchen where all visitors’ meals are freshly prepared on site. The centre has a shower room with three private shower cubicles, two toilets and sinks. We also have a wheelchair accessible wet room, with shower, toilet and sink. The building is centrally heated. Separate from the main building is the Forest Room, which is a large versatile recreational/workshop space with a large wood-burner. There are two additional toilets in this building. We can supply bedding for groups at a charge of £10 per head.


Catering options
As well as the self-catering options itemised above, we can provide organic and vegetarian catering for groups and are experienced in catering for particular dietary needs.


Workshops and activities - bespoke options
We are able to offer visiting groups a variety of arts, crafts, yoga and bushcraft sessions by prior arrangement. Please contact us for more details.


Camping at the Centre
Between May 1st and September 30th, camping at High Heathercombe is another option for groups. Please contact us to discuss this option in more detail.

Directions

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The High Heathercombe Centre is situated within the boundary of the southern half of Dartmoor National Park. The nearby section of the A38 Expressway skirts the south moor, running from Exeter to Plymouth, and provides easy access to the area as a whole - with Totnes (home of the Transition Movement) less than 20 miles away.
The Heathercombe Woodland, where the Centre is located, is roughly three miles from the moorland village of Manaton.



Please beware of the poor road surface in places when approaching the Heathercombe Estate - plus the very steep incline and sharp corner on the last hill up to the Centre.



SAT-NAV USERS! OUR POSTCODE IS TQ13 9XE - but your sat-nav is unlikely to bring you all the way...


Postcode TQ13 9XE usually only takes you to the Heatree Activity Centre, so please check relevant route below for the remainder of your journey.


It can be approached from various directions:



From Bovey Tracey, i.e., if having come from Exeter via the A38, or from Newton Abbot
Follow signs to Widecombe, Haytor and Manaton. About a quarter mile after the roundabout at Bovey fire station follow the road to the right in the direction sign-posted Manaton (and Becky Falls) only.
After about 4.5 miles you will reach the Kestor Inn in Manaton village. Continue a further 2 miles on the same road until you meet Heatree Crossroads. Go straight across in the direction signposted Heathercombe and Natsworthy and you'll soon see the Heatree Activity Centre on your left.
At the top of the hill go straight ahead following Heathercombe signs. Continue down into Heathercombe between two houses and continue up the steep hill beyond. The short driveway to High Heathercombe is on your right near the top of the hill.



From Moretonhampstead - follow the B3212 to Postbridge and Princetown. After about 3 miles, having passed Bovey Castle and Miniature Pony Centre, turn left at Watching Place Cross, sign-posted Manaton. Follow the road for about 2.5 miles, bringing you to Heatree Cross. Turn Right at Heatree Cross, sign-posted for Heathercombe and Natsworthy and you'll soon see the Heatree Activity Centre on your left.
At the top of the hill go straight ahead following Heathercombe signs. Continue down into Heathercombe between two houses and continue up the steep hill beyond. The short driveway to High Heathercombe is on your right near the top of the hill.



From Ashburton, i.e., if having come from Plymouth via the A38, or from Totnes
From the centre of Ashburton turn into North Street (Spar on corner, Coop opposite).
· Follow the road round left bend over the bridge (signposted Widecombe). Follow the road up for ~2 miles.
· As the road flattens, turn right where the road broadens and there are white stripes in the middle, (name on signpost post Auswell) signposted Widecombe and Haytor.
· After ~2m turn left onto B3387 (signpost name Hemsworthy Gate) signposted Widecombe.
· After a few hundred meters turn right at signpost name Harefoot, (after a while you will pass Hounds Tor).
· After 3m turn left at crossroad, signposted Heathercombe *(signpost name Heatree).
· Go round S-bend, past Heatree Activity Centre.
· After a few hundred meters go straight on where road bends to left, signposted Heathercombe.
· Follow narrow lane down, through a couple of houses, keep going up.
· At the top follow car park sign, park and walk down to the centre.

Via Callington, Gunnislake and Tavistock
· just on edge of Tavistock turn right onto the moor towards Princetown (B3357).
· Follow signs for Two Bridges (B3357) and at Two Bridges turn left for Moretonhampstead (B3212).
· Keep going, through Postbridge and Warren House.
· Turn right signposted to Manaton, for couple of miles, then right at Heatree crossroads (signposted Heathercombe)
· Go round S-bend, past Heatree Activity Centre
· After a few hundred meters go straight on where road bends to left, signposted Heathercombe
· Follow narrow lane down, through a couple of houses, keep going up.
· At the top follow car park sign, park and walk down to the centre.

Tags: meditation mindful movement mindfulness recovery self-appreciation self-balance self-compassion self-forgiveness self-love wellbeing

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