PEBBLES IN THE POOL

A Community of Awakening

Now moving into its second year, this ongoing group will offer a number of events each year which are only open to this community, so there will be a slightly different set of people on each event, but they will always be drawn from the same community, or pool, of fellow travellers.

More of a carefully held community than a strictly closed group, we created this new possibility in response to needs (or interests) which many people have expressed over the years. So, in comparison with an open-ended, self-organising group, it offers:-
 - more date flexibility
 - possibility to be on retreat with a more diverse group of people
 - a lower commitment – ie no requirement for group members to take on the added responsibility of finding a venue and providing food
 - lower annual financial commitment
 - a year-by-year commitment
 - supports possibility of both being in an ongoing group and doing more one-off retreats

We also recognise that while there are those for whom this new community group is ideal, there are others who would prefer a more committed, long-term ongoing group, and at this time, there is no ready-made group for them to join. This community will provide a place in which these people can find one another, work deeply together, and gradually form connections which, in time, may lead to the formation of another open-ended self-organising group. (If such a group does form in the future, we nonetheless intend to keep this Community of Awakening going.)

Details:-
 - People sign up to join the pool, and commit to attending minimum two retreats per year. The commitment is year by year.
 - The pool will be open to people who have done at least two years of ongoing group with us, or who have equivalent experience in this work; ie it’s not for beginners.
 - Initially we will offer three 4-day retreats per year, of which people are committed to attend two. If the pool grows larger, we’d offer proportionally more events to the community.
 - People are free to apply to attend more than two events; priority will be given to others in the pool who haven’t yet had their fair quota, but we would be responsive – so if most people want to attend more than two such events in a year, we’ll consider offering more to meet the need.
 - We will provide food and accommodation - it’s not a self-organising group. Initially all events will be at Droridge.
 - Events will be guided by either Fanny or Colin.
 - The year will run from September - September.
 - We will do everything we can to avoid clashes with other important retreats.

2019 - 2020 Group

VENUE

Fully Residential at Droridge Barn

DATES

23 - 27 October 2019 with Colin
5 - 9 February 2020 with Fanny
6 - 10 May 2020 with Colin

(Note - All group meetings begin with a meal at 7pm on the first day and end by 5pm on the final day.)

COST

Fixed payment:
Either (1) pay the full fixed fee (£420) for two retreats in advance (ie when you sign up or by the end of September at the latest) or (2) pay a deposit of £60 in advance (when you sign up) and set up a monthly standing order (£30 per month for 12 months); this would add up to the full fixedl fee of £420.

If you do more than two events, the fixed fee for the extra event (£200) would be paid at the time in the usual way.

Suggested Donation:
£50 per day     (or on a sliding scale between £30 and £75 per day)

2018 - 2019 Group

VENUE

Fully Residential at Droridge Barn

DATES

 24 - 28 October 2018 with Colin
 19 - 23 February 2019 with Fanny
 1 - 5 May 2019 with Colin

(Note - All group meetings begin with a meal at 7pm on the first day and end by 5pm on the final day.)

COST

Fixed payment:
Either (1) pay the full fixed fee (£400) for two retreats in advance (ie when you sign up or by the end of September at the latest) or (2) pay a deposit of £40 in advance (when you sign up) and set up a monthly standing order (£30 per month for 12 months); this would add up to the full fixedl fee of £400.

If you do more than two events, the fixed fee for the extra event (£200) would be paid at the time in the usual way.

Suggested Donation:
£50 per day     (or on a sliding scale between £30 and £75 per day)