Waking Up to This Life... in Brighton

Event Highlights

  • This retreat will be a day of talks, sitting practice and (weather permitting) walking practice devoted to recovery in the sense of recovering life’s possibilities and potentiality or the Buddhist sense of waking up to how things really are. We will practice some silent meditation; and some Loving-kindness and Forgiveness practice.


9:30 am : Open doors for registration : Tea and coffee available.

10:00 am : Retreat begins : "Waking Up to Life as a Hungry Ghost."
- Sitting Practice
- Walking Practice

11:30 am "l Love myself just as I am, in this place, at this moment."
(Metta Bhavana)
- Walking Practice
- Sitting Practice

1:00 pm : Meal break (snack lunch required)

2.00 pm : "That was who I was, not who I am, and not who I will be."
(Forgiveness Bhavana)
- Walking Practice

3:00 pm : Break/refreshments
3:30 pm : "Waking Up to Life as a Human Being."
- Sitting Practice
- Questions, answers and comments

5:00pm : Retreat ends

All things are temporary, transient and impermanent - therefore this timetable is likely to change - please do not be alarmed!

About This Event

Waking up to this Life  (it's not a rehearsal)

 “Waking up to who you are
requires letting go
 of who you imagine yourself to be.”
 ~  Alan Watts ~

Everyone on the Buddhist path is struggling with the 3 fires… the fire of cravings, the fire aversions and the fire of confusions… EVERYONE! The Buddha’s very sound advice to everyone is that we should try to extinguish these fires, don’t add any more fuel to them; to put them out and never relight them. Easier said than done!

Everyone on the Buddhist path is waking up – or in recovery – from greed, from hatred and from delusion; these are the inherent pre-conditions, biases and distortions of all human beings. For some individuals these factors manifest in our lives – to a greater or lesser degree – as particular cravings or aversions, or as a sense of unwholeness and disquiet; and always these mind-states are accompanied by an awful lot of confusion!

‘Waking Up‘ is a day-long retreat exploring some Buddhist principles and practices for waking up to everyday life; particularly – but not exclusively – for awakening from addictions and compulsions; and some practices for healing the Heart-Mind in everyday life.

This retreat will be a day of talks, sitting practice and (weather permitting) walking practice devoted to recovery in the sense of recovering life’s possibilities and potentiality or the Buddhist sense of waking up to how things really are. We will practice some silent meditation; and some Loving-kindness and Forgiveness practice.

This mindfulness-based retreat is offered as an opportunity to experience an ethically focussed, Buddhist-oriented approach to ‘recovery’ or ‘waking up’ from all forms of addictions; compulsions, and mental dis-ease.


Events organised by Bodhitree Brighton are offered in a spirit of generosity. The price you pay goes towards the running of the event but does not include any payment to the teachers for their teaching. Instead, our teachers rely on the generosity of participants for their livelihood. You will be invited to make a financial contribution  – click here for more information.

Bodhitree Brighton are totally dependent on donations for meeting our ongoing expenses - room hire, teacher travel expenses, website maintenance and a few sundries. Any money you feel able to donate is gratefully received. Teachers are not paid from this money, and at the retreat, there will be an opportunity to show your appreciation for the teacher by offering donations to her/him.

If you are unable to afford the supported rate please let us know. We try to ensure that no one is turned away because of lack of funds.

LUNCH: Please bring your own simple vegetarian lunch.

SEATING: The venue will set up with cushions and chairs.

HEARING: If you have trouble hearing, please feel free to take a seat at the front of the room.

REGISTRATION: will open at 9.00am; the teachings will begin at 9.30am and end at 5.00pm.

Please bring your own simple vegetarian lunch.

Booking is essential, so to ensure a place, please email admin@(contact info blocked)

It is important to note that you do not have to be a Buddhist to practice kindness or forgiveness, meditation or mindfulness. People of all faiths or none are welcome on this retreat.

A Commitment to Harmlessness:

As for all retreats, retreatants are required to commit to the Five Universal Precepts (harmless conduct) for the duration of the day:

To refrain from harming any living being
To refrain from taking what is not offered
To refrain from sexual and sensual misconduct
To refrain from false speech (including idle gossip, harsh and divisive speech)
To refrain from taking substances which disturb the balance of the mind.

DANA: Vince Cullen offers this retreat freely in accordance with the Buddhist tradition of Dana (the cultivation and practice of the virtue of generosity) where you are invited to contribute financially to the teachings based on your individual income and the value that you place on what has been offered. Vince’s livelihood and the future of ‘Hungry Ghost’ retreats are dependent on the generosity of Dana. There will be more details of this during the retreat.

Hungry Ghost Retreats - Ancient Wisdom for modern times.

What's Not Included

Please bring your own simple vegetarian lunch.


Our South Wing meeting rooms

Community Base has three high quality and extremely affordable meeting rooms available for hire in the heart of Brighton seven days a week.

Our South Wing conference room has a capacity of 100, a sound system, cd/dvd player, projector and screen, wireless internet access, toilets, baby changing facilities, a balcony, an induction loop and beautiful views over Brighton. Our conference room kitchen has reusable mugs, tumblers, plates and cutlery and a sink for washing up. As part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint we insist that no throwaway plates, cutlery or cups are used in our conference room.

Our South Wing also has two smaller rooms, South Wing two and South Wing three, each with whiteboards and a capacity of 12.


  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian


How to get to Community Base
Community Base is 300 metres towards the sea from Brighton railway station.

113 Queens Road,
Brighton BN1 3XG
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Tags: compassion forgiveness loving-kindness meditation mindfulness recovery

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