Living The Awakened Heart Training – Insight

Cherwell Centre, Oxford
Five Cram

The Eye of Awareness with Five Cram

"Looking again and again... at the Citta that cannot be looked at." How do we even approach looking at the only thing we ever experience? We live in the conceptual world we construct from Awareness, yet our only means of looking is with Awareness itself. Is this an impenetrable koan? Five will lead some awareness exercises designed to set us off in a fruitful direction.

A meditation weekend based in Living The Awakened Heart training – area 2, Insight

Friday 27th March to Sunday 29th March 2020

The Cherwell Centre, 14-16 Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6BQ

25 places available


Outline Programme

When we are in session the activities will include, talks by Five, reflective exercises, group discussion, sitting and walking meditation.

 We will have the use of the delightful and spacious garden at The Cherwell Centre.

Hot drinks are provided for all breaks, all meals are vegetarian

Friday 5th April

Arrivals from 4pm

From 5pm setting up our space, creating a shrine area

6.30pm Evening Meal at The Cherwell Centre

8 to 9/9.30pm Introductory session followed by Evening Meditation

Saturday 6th April

7.00 am to 8.00am Morning Meditation (optional)

9am to 1pm  In session with suitable breaks

1pm Lunch provided

2.00pm  to 5.30pm in session with suitable breaks

7pm Evening meal at The Cherwell Centre

Free time

Sunday 7th April

7.00 am to 8.00am Morning Meditation (optional)

9am to 1pm in session with suitable breaks

1pm Lunch provided

2pm to 4pm  in session with suitable breaks

4pm  - 5pm Tidy up time

The Cherwell Centre

The Cherwell Centre is the home of five Roman Catholic Sisters. They are part of the Society of The Holy Child Jesus. They help people to know and love God and to find God in their own lives particularly through their humanity. The centre is made available for retreats and conferences. They encourage interfaith work and bookings from people who are involved in socially useful projects.

Overnight Accommodation

Accommodation at the Cherwell Centre:

They have 3 single, 2 twin and 1 double en-suite rooms. The accommodation is of a high standard.

The charge is:

Single  £45 per person per night for Bed and Breakfast

Twin/Double    £70 for two people per night for Bed and Breakfast

(self-help breakfast, food provided).

Booking accommodation independently

Nearby Bed and Breakfasts and small hotels.

The Cherwell Centre (CC) is a 15 minute walk from Oxford city centre.

Bed and Breakfast at Oxford University

The nearest colleges to The Cherwell Centre are St. Anne’s and St. Hugh’s

Galaxie Hotel

180 Banbury Road, OX2 7BT, 20 min. walk to CC

Parklands B&B

100 Banbury Road, OX2 6JU  15 min. walk CC

Linton Lodge Hotel

Linton Road, OX2 6UJ 15 min. walk CC

Cotswold Lodge Hotel ( more expensive)

66a Banbury Road, OX2 6JP  4 min. walk CC

There are plenty of other B & B’s in Oxford


The railway station and the coach station are, respectively, a 25 minute and 20 minute walk from CC. There are taxi ranks at both these stations.

Car Parking

The nearest car park is at Gloucester Green a 20 minute walk from CC. It is a large underground car park. Otherwise you will need to use the Water Eaton Park and Ride, OX2 8HA and alight from the bus at the Bevington Road bus stop on the Banbury Road;  a 4 minute walk from CC.

There is also some free parking in nearby streets from Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening. However it is popular with local people and you can’t be guaranteed a place.

If none of these parking arrangements suit I can provide you with visitor parking permits so you can park in nearby streets; £2 a day.

 What to bring

Notepad and pen

If you want to sit on the floor for the meditation sessions you will need to bring your own mat/stool/cushion as the centre only provides chairs.


Resident at The Cherwell Centre

Place on the course including all meals on the outline programme £150

Plus cost of accommodation you book at The Cherwell Centre

Staying off-site

Place on the course including all meals on the outline programme £150

Plus cost of your independently booked accommodation


You are also invited at the weekend to make an offering, Dana, for Five, who will receive no other payment.  An envelope will be provided, simplest to pay cash. Suggested amount: £30-£90.


All bookings and payments are directly to our co-ordinator Jane Reed. It is however an AHS/Shrimala Trust event and all proceeds will go to AHS.

To book your place.

Fill in the Google Form by following this link:

Just submit your filled in form and Jane will pick it up.

Once she has received your booking form she will send you the payment details so you can pay. You will be able to pay by bank transfer or cheque.

Independent Overnight Accommodation

As stated previously please book and pay for this independently.

Hoping you will book

If you have any queries just email me on wnarerrq21@tznvy.pbzmoc.liamg@12deerenaj

Jane Reed  Oxford Weekend Co-ordinator

I have recently decided to use my usual name Jane in the Sangha as she has now to some extent caught up with Pamo  (my much treasured refuge name)!




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