The emphasis at NBW is on practice. If you are a newcomer we only ask that you follow our programme from the beginning, whatever your past experience. There are no fees for anything but donations are accepted from those who can afford it. Here is the learning process:
1 Beginners' and Newcomers' Class This is the gateway to all NBW activities and events. It is a 2 hour class held every four to six weeks in Woking, Surrey, UK (occasionally elsehwere). Designed both for those who are new to meditation, and those who have meditated before but would benefit from orientation in the distinctive NBW approach. It is recommended that all newcomers to NBW attend this Class before attending the Weekly Community Sessions. The Class isupported by NBW's free booklet 'Starting Meditation Practice'.
2 Weekly Community Meditation
Those who have completed the Beginners' Class will transfer to the free Community Sessions. These are the weekly backbone of NBW's meditational practice, in Guildford on Sunday mornings, Woking on Wednesday evenings and Walton-on-Thames on Tuesday evenings (fortnightly). It consists of sitting and walking meditation, followed by teaching and discussion. Everyone who has taken the Beginners' & Newcomers' Class is welcome to attend this whatever their previous experience of meditation. The teaching follows a programme of take-home exercises.
3 Retreats & Study workshops
In addition to the two-level programme of practices outlined above we hold silent weekend retreats. Retreats are designed for those who wish to begin intensifying their practice and are most suitable for those who have at least completed one cycle of teachings of the weekly Community Sessions, but are open to anyone. On the weekend retreat the maximum sitting meditation period is 60 minutes unbroken, and it usually takes place at an independent retreat centre in the Surrey, UK area. There are also occasional Study Workshops that focuses on interpreting specific classical texts (Theravada, Mahayana and other), and this is open to experienced meditators.