Live like a Monk  weekend

Friday October 6th -
Sunday October 8th 2017

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 Image: Krishna monk Indradyumna Swami and the contrast between a modern Western city and an ancient Eastern holy town



 Schedule

 Friday

 
   Ayurveda, the ancient Vedic health system recommends massage and therapies as a being beneficial to one's health -  even for monks!  So various aromatherapy massages, Indian head massage, sound therapy, etc are available by appointment. See here for details. €39 for 50-mins. We recommend early arrival for this.


 6.15pm

Dinner


 7.00pm

Tai Chi with Frances,

followed by meditation with Tim

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Introduction to Japa meditation. Japa is the soft Japapersonal chanting of mantra, generally using
wooden chanting beads.
It is a daily practise of monks. This meditation assists oneself with mindfulness practise. Focusing and paying attention to the holy sound brings a sense of peace and contentment.

 

9.00pm approx.         We recommend you go to bed early. 


 Saturday

 
 5.45am

 Wake up bell

 When you are ready we plan to chant japa on beads during the early morning-time and during the journey across to the temple. It is possible to do japa while walking, or in a variety of circumstances.

 

 6.35am

Leave for ferry trip to island and visit temple using the temple's ferry boat. The crossing takes 4-minutes. 

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 7.00am

Greeting of the Deities in Temple (some spiritual music arranged by the famous musician George Harrison is played during a short meditation, followed by sacred chant music)

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 7.30am

Temple morning lecture based on ancient Vedic texts  

 

 8.20am

 We will be doing some Meditation Walking with japa beads around the forest track on the island

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  9.45am  Breakfast, followed by a Rest period back at the retreat house


 11.45am
 

  Work on the land weeding and helping in the production of organic vegetables

(1 hour 30mins)


  1.30pm  Lunch

  2.30pm

 Depart for the Killeshandra forest park walk.
30 mins of this 1-hour 15 mins walk will be dedicated to japa walking meditation.

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 5.15pm

Arrive back at retreat centre


 6.00pm

Return from the walks, relax, chat, massages, etc. Dinner available from 6.30pm.



 Sunday
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   Early morning: time to reflect, read, explore outdoors, meditate or chant on beads - as you wish.


 8.30am  Yoga (optional)

 9.30am  Breakfast


10.30am

Meditation and Visualization with Tim

 

12.10pm  Cross to island for temple sacred chant music and just to relax on the island. This is the normal day-visiting time for visitors in any week.


 1.00pm  (optional) Talk on the Vedic philosophy of ancient India. You may also use this time, or part of this time to explore around the 22-acre wooded island.

 2.15pm

The Sunday feast in the temple. An image of this is below.

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 3.15pm  Return back to mainland and departure


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Above: Inish Rath Island at the crack of dawn - the perfect surroundings for meditation

 Optional: Therapies available

  • Aromatherapy full-body massage 
  • Indian head massage 
  • Reiki energy healing 
  • Reflexology (healing and massage of the feet) 
  • Head, neck and shoulders massage 

All therapies available at the rate of €39 or £30 for a 50 minute session.

 

 

   All prices include:

  • Accommodation for the duration of retreat
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and complimentary herbal teas every day
  • All classes and workshops   

     Fees for this retreat:

  • £140 (Sterling) or €160 (Euro) per person in shared accommodation
  • £160 or €190 single room  
  • Option to stay Sunday night for €35 / £29 
     

 

 



 

 How to Book:

(1) Email us to let us know your requirements and to check availability.

(2) If you decide to book we ask for a deposit of €100 per person.

Email and Payment options here - Contact and booking

 



 

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