What to expect on a course or retreat and FAQ

An event can last from 3 (half-day) to 7 (full-day) hours. Each event will have a number of sessions (usually between one and four). These can last from one hour to one and a half hours depending on the course. A typical half-day event for example will include 2 sessions lasting about 75 min for teaching and guided meditation. A full day course will usually have four sessions.

Each event will normally consist of the following elements:

  • Preparatory meditations and contemplations to relax and calm the mind
  • A short teaching and guidance from a teacher
  • A guided meditation based on the teaching
  • Questions and answer session with discussion
  • Practical advice on our to integrate meditation into daily life

There is always plenty of time to relax and enjoy refreshments in between sessions.  Full-day courses include vegetarian lunch.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Here are some common questions that people ask about our courses:

Q: What courses and retreats are available?

Our courses and retreats range from beginner level to more advanced levels on subjects from mindfulness & loving kindness to compassion & wisdom. You can see a list of courses offered at Heart Jewel Centre by using the navigation menus above.

Q: Do I need to be Buddhist to attend a course?

A: No, our courses are presented in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.

Q: Do I need to have experience of meditation or Buddhism to attend a course?

A: Generally no, all our events except our Tantric Courses are open to everyone, including complete beginners.

Q: Which events are suitable for someone with some experience of meditation?

A: all our events and retreats are suitable for beginners and those with a lot of experience. Each event is self-contained.

Q: Is food and accommodation included in your courses?

A: Unfortunately accommodation is unavailable. Lunch is provided for all our full-day courses and some of our half-day events.

Q: Will I be asked to say anything, or speak in front of a group of people?

A: No. But you can ask questions if you want to.

Q: Is there any physical exercise involved, such as yoga?

A: No. The courses focus on meditation alone.

Q: Can I sit on a chair or do I have to sit cross legged?

A: Yes, you can sit on a chair! There are also other seating arrangements for those who like to sit on the floor in the traditional cross legged style.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Nothing in particular. However, some people find it useful to bring a notepad and pen.

Q: How should I dress? 

A: There are no special requirements, but comfortable clothing is generally best.

Q: Do I need to book in advance?

A: Yes, all events listed on this website will need to be booked in advance.