This will be a silent meditation retreat focusing on the theme of our relationship with ourselves: what does “being our own best friend” really mean? Can we be steady and at ease simply being who we are without needing to be particularly special or better or worse than anyone else? Can we similarly be at peace with others who are different to us without being critical and judgmental? We will explore these questions using insights from both psychology and the Buddha’s teachings on what keeps us trapped in cycles of negativity and how we can restore ourselves to a more natural state of ease and wellbeing. During the retreat there will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, morning and evening talks, and opportunities for dialogue and discussion.