New Year's Retreat on Empathy

led by Shantigarbha

Shantigarbha book cover

I'll Meet You There

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there."

We get connected with each other in the space that opens up when we let go of our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong. When we feel safe and connected to ourselves, we don’t need to use these labels. When we are connected to ourselves, we are also connected to the people around us. It’s hard to find words to describe this field. In a sense it is beyond words. We are connected in such a way that it hardly makes sense to talk about us as separate beings. There’s just a sense of compassionate presence, intense closeness, and empathy. Through empathy we can find a way to stay connected to our humanity and to contribute to a more peaceful world. I’ll meet you there. – Shantigarbha, from the Introduction of his book I'll Meet You There: a practical guide to empathy, mindfulness and communication, published by Windhorse Publications. Read the first chapter and order the paperback and e-book here

The retreat is open to all 'levels', and combines:

  • meditations and guided reflections from the book
  • stories from the life of the Buddha
  • practical exercises to help you develop your compassionate listening skills.


Start: 28 December 2019 at 6:00pm
Finish: 02 January 2020 at 12:00pm


$425 standard / $375 low
If you can bring a donation towards Shantigarbha's costs to the retreat it would be much appreciated.
Please don't let money be a barrier - contact us if you need to make alternative arrangements.


Image of Sudarshanaloka

Tararu Valley, Thames

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