For deepening your practice I’d recommend looking at the possibility of taking your self on retreat, for a week or weekend. There are all kinds – led and silent – in some beautiful places throughout the country, including urban retreat centres. Browse possibilities on the Retreat Association or the Good Retreat Guide websites. It was through these organisations that I discovered a place called Gaia House in Devon. I’ve now been there a number of times on retreat and couldn’t recommend it more. Have a look at their website for a 2010 programme. All retreats are silent, the focus being the teaching and deepening of meditation practice, exploring how meditation integrates with our everyday lives to wake us up to a greater reality. This December I’m going there for a whole month on a work retreat…Christmas and New Year! I’ll post some reflections on what is bound to be a rich, delightful and challenging experience in the New Year.