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.
5 – 6
A Short Journey to Stillness Sat 5 – 6 January
Learn how to transform daily life using the power of a peaceful mind. Over 2 days of guided retreat we will practise meditations that produce a still and peaceful mind. You will also receive advice on how to use mindfulness and other techniques to keep this peaceful mind throughout the day
12 – 13
Cultivating Love Sat 12 -13 January
Make 2019 really meaningful by relying on the power of love. Meditation is the best method to connect with our loving potential. Bringing this love into daily life has the power to protect us from daily problems caused by negative minds, improve physical and mental health, increase inner peace and fulfil our countless wishes. Over 2 days of guided retreat we will learn how to cultivate and enhance this mind in meditation and daily life.
19 – 20
Cultivating Compassion Sat 19 – 20 January
Of all virtuous minds, compassion is said to be supreme. It has the power to purify our mind and transform daily appearances and experiences. When your mind is filled with compassion it will be impossible for negative minds to arise. Your mind will always be at peace and a deep contentment will arise from within. Whats more compassion has the power to remove suffering from your world like no other mind. Over 2 days of guided retreat we will learn how to cultivate and strengthen this mind in order to make 2019 a very meaningful new year.
26 – 27
A Short Journey to Bliss Sat 26 – 27 January
A short unguided retreat for those with the Empowerment of Heruka and Vajrayogini. Over 2 days we will practise the long Sadhana of Buddha Vajrayogini called Quick Path to Great Bliss, and gain experience of meditations that lead to a permanent state of blissful purity.
16 – 17
Amitayus Long Life Retreat 16 – 17 Feb
Every year we hold this retreat to help us accumulate merit, wisdom and increase our life span. Each session lasts for one and quarter hours, and includes prayers, and reciting long life mantras of Buddha Amitayus.
22 – 24
Guru Yoga and Mandala Retreat Friday 22 Feb – Sunday 24 Feb. Introductory talk (recommended to those who have not attended this retreat before) on Wed 20 Feb 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.
Nyungnay Purification Sunday 14 April
This special fasting and purification practice is performed in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. It is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion, and bodhichitta
26 – 28
Refuge Retreat including Lamrim Meditation Friday 26 Apr – Sunday 28 April
Every year we hold this retreat to help us accumulate all the necessary conditions for our Lamrim meditations to be successful. Each session lasts for one and half hours, and includes prayers, reciting refuge verses and a Lamrim meditation.