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.