The way to deepen your experience of meditation
There is no better way to give yourself a break from the daily routine and reassess your life, than by engaging in a meditation retreat.
Retreat provides an opportunity to gain deeper experience of meditation. On retreat we withdraw from our usual routine and structure our time and conditions so that we can get the most out of our meditation.
We offer a wide range of retreats suitable for people with all different levels of experience, from complete beginners to experienced practitioners.
What to expect on a retreat.
A retreat can last for one to five days. Each day typically consists of 4 sessions, two in the morning, one in the afternoon and 1 in the evening. This may vary depending on the retreat and day of the week so please go to the retreat page for more details.
Most of our retreats are open to everyone; no previous experience is required.
Guided retreats will inlcude short prayers to prepare our mind, a teaching and then a guided meditation. Sessions will last from 75 – 90 minutes. You are not required to come to all the sessions but come to as many as you can. We suggest you contact the centre to let us know which sessions you will attend. You can pay on-line for these or pay on arrival.
Unguided retreats will include prayers and time for personal meditation and normally last 60-90 minutes. Normally on the day before the retreat there is a teaching class for newcomers to learn what is involved. Unguided retreats are free and you can come to as many sessions as you like. Again we suggest you let us know you are coming.
Unfortuantely we do not usually provide meals, however the are plenty of cafes near by.
25 – 26
Guru Yoga and Mandala Retreat Saturday 25 August – Sunday 26 August. Introductory talk (recommended to those who have not attended this retreat before) on Wed 22 August at 7 pm
The principle aim of this retreat is to collect powerful positive energy or merit to energize our mind and to increase our good qualities. We do this by making Mandala offerings, where we imagine offering a pure universe to all the enlightened beings. We also create the conditions to receive powerful blessings from all the enlightened beings through reciting special verses dedicated to Je Tsongkhapa and our Spiritual Guide.
16 – 20
Vajrasattva Purification Retreat Sunday 16th December – 20th December
A method using mantra to dissolve away all the obstructions in our mind to gaining spiritual understanding and power. Starts with an introduction on Saturday 15th December at 7pm.