The Beating Heart of Compassion

This autumn’s Mindsprings retreat is again looking at the subject of compassion.

10 October 2018 - 17 October 2018

Leader: Alistair Appleton

Cost Information: £385 single room, £560 for two people sharing a twin, £224 dorm. Full board and lodging costs.

Course fee £250

Course outline

Right at the heart of Buddhist practice is the quality of warm connection that is labelled - rather dauntingly - the “awakening heart”. Often we can get caught up into concept and ideas about how this compassionate heart "should" be. But approaching these bodhicitta practices from an embodied, here-and-now place makes them seem surprisingly natural and spontaneous.

Alistair who studies with Reggie Ray is teaching the embodied version of some classic ‘awakening heart’ practices and keeping the compassion warm and vital, rather than heavy and conceptual. Previous Autumn retreats have been both loving and powerful.

We would like to keep this retreat for practitioners who have some experience of a Mindsprings course or have some preferably embodied meditation practice.

This retreat is not suitable for complete beginners.


For more info and to book:

The cost of the retreat is £250, payable through the Mindsprings website, or contact Alistair:

Once you have made your booking with Mindsprings, please book your accommodation on Holy Isle, which you pay for on arrival. Use the Book Now button in the sidebar - 7 nights from Wednesday 10th October. A screen will come up with the available accommodation, please select. You will then see a page called Additional Extras. Please select The Beating Heart of Compassion