“The Gift of Suffering”


Why do we suffer ? Is there a reason why some suffer more than others ?
The Buddha said to be human is to suffer but is suffering inevitable ?

Eckhart Tolle often talks about how suffering can be a catalyst for awakening and transformation. He suggests that when we fully embrace our suffering, instead of resisting or trying to escape it, we open ourselves up to the possibility of profound spiritual growth. Suffering can serve as a wake-up call, prompting us to question our beliefs, attachments and identities.

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional “

Join us on June 15th when we will explore, with the aid of teachings from Eckhart Tolle and others, how suffering is our teacher and can be the gateway to freedom.


When you begin to explore the teachings of Eckhart Tolle it can be helpful to connect with other like-minded people. Local support groups are a wonderful way of connecting with others to share the teachings and deepen your practice.

Listed below are some of the current groups in the UK, more will be added as and when they become available. If you would like to attend a group please contact the host directly.

Leeds – West Yorkshire
Contact: Sally Chaffer
Meets weekly every Monday 7.30 to 9.30 pm
Friend’s Meeting House, Roundhay. All are welcome.
Details on:

Chorley – Lancashire
The Chorley Eckhart Tolle Group meet once a month on a Saturday at 11.00 am. Please email Helen for details :

Dorchester – Dorset
If you would like to meet and explore Eckhart’s teachings in the Dorset area then please contact Julie on 07787 701019 or email:

Stirling – Scotland  

Contact: Martin McCrae
Tel : 01786 461173 or 07810801645
46 Cultenhove Rd, St Ninians
There are two groups running fortnightly, one for people who are new to Eckhart’s teachings and another for those with more experience.

Nottingham – East Midlands

Stillness/meditation sessions based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. Each session will consist of meditation along with listening to Eckhart’s teachings.  Venue : A Room Full of Butterflies, 632 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham NG5 2GA.          Time : Mondays 6.00 to 7.00 pm fortnightly. Suggested donation £5

Contact : Stacey Spencer –  Tel : 07506 718307  Or Email :

East Hendred, Oxfordshire  OX12 8LD  

John Foster
The group meets every first Sunday of the month from 4:30-6 pm (currently via zoom)
The Studio, Ascension Cottage, Horn Lane

Kettering, Northamptonshire   

This group will meet every other Monday from 6.00 to 7.00 pm at Corn Market Hall, 42 London Road, Kettering NN15 7QA

Contact :  Faslee Khan       07969884171



A group of people coming together in a state of presence generates a collective energy field of great intensity. It not only raises the degree of presence of each member of the group but also helps to free the collective human consciousness from its current state of mind dominance.”

Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now


If you cannot find a group nearby then perhaps you might like to consider starting one yourself. If you would like to start your own local group then please contact me for further information and guidelines. There may well be other people in your area who are keen to meet and explore Eckhart’s teachings.

Living A Life Of Presence - Coming Home To Your True Nature

13th July 2024

Eckhart Tolle talks a lot about presence but what is it ? Presence is known by many names, some call it awareness, consciousness, inner knowing. It is the essence of our true nature. So if presence is our true nature why do we not experience it all the time ?
Presence is always present in the background but is veiled by experience, thoughts, feelings and sensations. We get so caught up in the human egoic identification of self that we overlook our true essence of presence.

Join us on July 13th for our next in person mini-retreat when we will explore, with the aid of teachings from Eckhart Tolle and others, how to begin to lift the veil of the illusory self and to live a life of presence.

These retreats are experiential in nature with exercises, meditations and simple techniques to help bring you back to the aliveness of the present moment.

Residential Retreats

  Living a Life of Presence – Weekend Retreats  

These are an opportunity for you to retreat from the busyness of day to day life and immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility of the Cornish countryside.

These include :

  • One to one time with myself to explore what you bring to retreat and what you discover during your stay.
  • Meditation practice. Stillness and silence are an important part of any retreat. It is only by spending time in stillness that we can really begin to find our true self. I recommend reading Eckhart’s book “ Stillness Speaks “ before attending a retreat.
  • Time in nature. We are surrounded by the wonder of nature but so very rarely see it. Spending time in nature is one of our greatest teachers.

The beautiful countryside of Cornwall offers a unique learning ground in the practice of presence.

It’s time to pause and slow down. Listen to the voice of your heart, it’s calling you home. If you are tired of life, feeling stressed, unhappy or dissatisfied with any aspect of your life, and ready for change, then a retreat may be for you. There is a different way to live. It’s time to rest, reflect and discover who you really are.

Please contact me for more information.