We started to sit as a group in 2008. In a front room, sitting, sharing soup and teachings. The initial aim was to meet as a group to share practice. We realised it can be tricky to maintain a routine when trying to just make an appointment with yourself. It seemed a lot less effort to arrange to meet and sit together.
A few of the group had attended Zen retreats with different teachers. Others were new to sitting. Others came from different traditions or no particular tradition. At this time we did not have visiting teachers, even though we knew this was a key ingredient. We knew the practice was to sit still and silent, so that is where we began.
It has evolved from there…………