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Where do meditation and creative practice overlap? How do we hold an awareness of not-self at the same time as making art from the specifics of our lives? This event will include meditation, a conversation between the two teachers, a broader discussion and a reading from River’s book ‘Year’, poems written one-a-day in 2020, with the intention of cultivating metta.

You can find more information about the book here.

Event Details


This event will take place on Zoom on 26 February from 17.00 - 18.30 GMT


Open to all - new and experienced practitioners alike


This programme is offered on a Dāna basis (pay what you can afford, payment link here, and in your confirmation letter)


About the book Year by River Wolton:

The intention to write a daily poem on the theme of kindness becomes a year-long meditation, honest and unflinching, as the pandemic arrives. This remarkable evocation of a unique year by former Derbyshire Poet Laureate River Wolton is illustrated throughout with beautiful water-colours by artist Emma Burleigh. The book has a Foreword by Martine Batchelor, who describes it as ‘a poetic manual of meditation in action’.



River Wolton is a Community Dharma Leader authorised by Gaia House Teacher Council, and has completed Dharma Teacher Training with Bodhi College. A former Derbyshire Poet Laureate, she has led writing and arts projects for many years, and is an activist in the LGBTQI+ community.



GERIT STÖCKLMAIR is a microbiologist, psychotherapist and Body Movement Therapist, originally from Austria. Curiosity about the inner and outer world has put her on many journeys, and she has lived in England, Scotland and South Korea, before settling in Denmark, where she now lives. She has been practising meditation since 1994 and has been on extended retreats since 1998, mainly Vipassana, but also within the Zen and Triratna tradition. She graduated from the Bodhi College Teacher Training in 2022 and has an interest in personal development through body-mind-soul integration, which means you might also find her dancing on various occasions. Gerit is also co-founder of Copenhagen Insight Meditation.