July 17 – ‘Heart of the Truth’ in Weston-Super-Mare, UK

Fragile looking raft made of bamboo at the edge of river.
Event Start Date:
17th July 2022
Event End Date:
17th July 2022
Event Venue:
England - Weston-Super-Mare

Waking Up to This Life Mindfulness Meditation Retreat Workshop with Vince Cullen (Hungry Ghost Retreats - Fifth Precept Sangha - Nalagiri Mindfulness)


The Heart of the Truth : A Hungry Ghost Retreat

All welcome

No fee – by donation only ( Dana )

Booking via email to Mike England

July,  Sunday 17th

35 The Boulevard,
BS23 1PE

A one-day retreat with Vince Cullen.

“We must be willing to let go
of the life we planned
so as to have the life
that is waiting for us.”
~ Joseph Campbell ~

Pre-registration is required for this event.
For retreat details and bookings, please go to Mike England

This retreat is offered freely by Vince Cullen
Vince will not be paid to teach this retreat. He offers the teachings freely on a donation (dana) basis as has been the tradition for the last 2,600-years. You are invited to ‘remember-to-remember‘ to bring along a donation on the day or to donate online at any time.

It is important to note that you do not have to be a ‘Buddhist’ (whatever that is) to practice kindness or forgiveness, meditation or mindfulness.  We are all ‘in recovery’ from something… people of all faiths or none are welcome on this retreat.

Exploring the wise and appropriate response to the Human Condition

To participate it is necessary to attend the entire retreat. Booking is essential as there are a limited number of spaces available to attend onsite to allow for social distancing.

The Heart of the Truth‘ is a day-long retreat exploring some Buddhist principles and practices for waking up to everyday life; particularly – but not exclusively – for awakening from addictions and compulsions; and some practices for healing the Heart-Mind in everyday life.

This retreat will be a day of talks, sitting practice and (weather permitting) walking practice devoted to ‘recovery’ in the sense of recovering life’s possibilities and potentiality or the Buddhist sense of waking up to how things really are.

“There are to be seen beings who can admit freedom from suffering from bodily disease for one year, for two years, for three, four,​ five, ten, twenty; who can admit freedom from bodily disease for even a hundred years.


But, those beings are hard to find in the world who can admit freedom from mental disease even for one moment…”


~ Buddha (Anguttara Nikāya Volume 2 – vii (157) Disease.)

This mindfulness-based retreat is offered as an opportunity to experience an ethically focussed, Buddhist-oriented approach to ‘recovery’ or ‘waking up’ from all forms of addictions; compulsions, and mental dis-ease.

Bamboo raft moored to bank

The Buddha’s R.A.F.T. by Vince Cullen

The day will start at 10.00 am with a welcome talk and introduction to meditation. The retreat will close by 5:00 pm.

Please bring your own simple vegetarian lunch.

Booking is essential, so to ensure a place, please contact the relevant organising centre.

“Don’t use Buddhism to become a Buddhist. Use Buddhism to become better at whatever else in your life you are doing already.”


~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

A Commitment to Harmlessness:

As for all retreats and workshops, retreatants are required to commit to the Five Precepts (harmless conduct) for the duration of the day:

To refrain from harming any living being
To refrain from taking what is not offered
To refrain from sexual and sensual misconduct
To refrain from false speech (including idle gossip, harsh and divisive speech)
To refrain from taking substances that disturb the balance of the mind.


DANAVince Cullen offers this retreat freely in accordance with the Buddhist tradition of Dana (the cultivation and practice of the virtue of generosity) where you are invited to contribute financially to the teachings based on your individual income and the value that you place on what has been offered. Vince’s livelihood and the future of ‘Hungry Ghost’ retreats are dependent on the generosity of Dana. There will be more details of this during the retreat.