Basic Goodness Retreat: The Art of Being Human

with Jim O'Neill

November 16th—November 17th

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  • £130.00 Full Price
  • £110.00 Early Bird
Room: Main meditation hall

Basic Goodness Retreat: The Art of Being Human

A Weekend Retreat devoted to the practice of sitting meditation and the discovery of basic goodness.

Open to students at all levels of practice (half price to those who have previously attended Level 1)


“Human greatness does not lie in wealth and power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.” Anne Frank


“…basic goodness is good because it is so basic, so fundamental. It is natural and it works, and therefore it is good, rather than being good as opposed to bad.” Chogyam Trungpa


“If we pause and breathe in and out, then we can have the experience of timeless presence, of the inexpressible wisdom and goodness of our own minds. We can look at the world with fresh eyes and hear things with fresh ears.” Pema Chodron


This weekend retreat is an opportunity to deepen both our training in and understanding of the practice of meditation. It is ideal for students who have recently begun, but also for those have been practicing longer, to connect with their initial longing and inspiration. The teachings are at the heart of Buddhism and Shambhala Training. Whether you have attended a Level One Shambhala Training Level or not, the teachings presented here are always fresh. They remind us, as if for the first time, to trust ourselves, how to live a sane and good life, how to relax and see beyond the confusion and suffering of everyday life. We have the capacity to do this, but this is dependent upon our maintaining a robust connection with basic goodness, our awakened heart, our soft spot. We know this to be true, just as we know that meditation strengthens and develops our courage and cuts anxiety, but we forget. Retreats, even short ones like this, help us to remember to keep the practice of meditation as a stable core in our daily life.


About the teacher

The retreat will be taught by Jim O’Neill, senior Buddhist and Shambhala teacher, Psychotherapist and author of UNDRESSING, Short Books, 2019.


Payment Terms and Conditions

Cost: £130 (for concessions see below) for people doing Shambhala Training Level One, The Art of Being Human, for the first time;

£65 (concessions apply) for those who have already completed Level One and wishing to join the retreat.

Please register and pay in full on registration, ensuring you click on the relevant price option to go through to PayPal where you can also pay by credit/debit card. Cancellation up to 1 week before the programme will receive a full refund, after that there will be a £20 fee charged for cancellation up until the 15th November after which no refund is granted.

The early bird registration fee of £110 is available until 2nd November after which time the fee will be £130. A concession fee of £80 is available for those earning below £17,000 per annum and a concession fee of £60 is available for those earning below £12,000.  For those repeating Level One, there is a concession fee of £50 available to those earning below £12,000.

Please contact [email protected] to request a concession. 

Further Information
Sat/Sun: tea/coffee & registration 9am, start 9.30am.   Finish 6.30pm

Lunch will be provided, any allergies please include details in the comment box on the registration screen.

For further information please email: [email protected]


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