Awakening the Imagination

Awakening the Imagination

These retreats are suitable for those who have a regular meditation practice and who regularly attend retreats, a centre or a group within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. You will also need to be familiar with, and happy to participate in, Buddhist devotional practice and ritual (puja) and be comfortable with periods of silence.


Gravity & Grace – Exploring Mindfulness & the Imagination

With Vidyamala & nagasiddhi

19-26 May | £340/310

Vidyamala and nagasiddhi are excited to be joining forces in this new retreat in 2017. Combining their passion for mindfulness, love, myth and ritual, they will invite you on a journey that plunges into the paradox of being human: the falling quality of gravity and the lightness of grace; the beauty of both darkness and light; a diving into the depths where luminosity resides. The retreat will be an immersive experience involving the body, heart and mind along with all the senses, creativity and courage. Together we can come to rest in the truth in all its vivid magnificence and wonder.

Writing on the Mirror – Creative Writing Long Weekend

With Subhadassi & Kavyasri

May 26-29 | £195/175 (Bank Holiday Weekend)

“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.” - George Eliot

On this retreat we will consider the relationship between creative writing and Buddhism. The weekend will consist of talks, meditation sessions and writing workshops. In the workshops we will experience how two Buddhist poetic forms - haiku and renga - bring Buddhism and writing together. Though haiku and renga originated in mediaeval Japan, their simplicity, flexibility and suppleness make them perfect vehicles to catalyse the transformative power of creative writing.

Subhadassi is an experienced teacher and retreat leader. For the last fifteen years he has worked as a freelance writer/artist as well as a creative consultant and workshop leader. More details:

Drawing Attention to Life – Art & Meditation

With Khemasiddhi, Vilokini & Vandika

July 14-16 | £155/135

Mindfulness wakes us up to the extraordinary richness of our experience, while drawing enables us to communicate this with spontaneity and sensitivity. On this retreat we will weave together mindful practices and imaginative drawing exercises to discover our own unique forms of expression, with the beautiful grounds of Rivendell providing a realm in which our ‘inner artist’ can emerge. You don’t need any background as an artist, just the willingness to be present and to experiment.

Imagining Awakening: Exploring the Pure Land Sutras

With Ratnaguna

August 4-11 | £340/310

On this retreat Ratnaguna will guide us on a journey into Amitabha's Pure Land, Sukhavati - a mythical realm where the ground is golden, trees are made of jewels, heavenly musical instruments play ravishing music, and magical birds sing the Dharma. It is an 'illumined image' - a symbol of the beauty and joy of the spiritual life. The three Pure Land sutras invite us to imagine this radiant realm, and so imagine the Awakened Mind.

Ratnaguna has been ordained for forty years. He is the author of three books - The Art of Reflection, Great Faith, Great Wisdom: Practice and Awakening in the Pure Land Sutras of Mahayana Buddhism, and, in his civil name, The Little Mindfulness Workbook. He lives in Manchester, where he teaches and trains others to teach.

Exploring Myth - Inanna

With Atula, Mandarava & Nagamudra

November 10-17 | £340/310

The story of Inanna, an ancient Mesopotamian creation myth, is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it was first told over five thousand years ago. It depicts the archetypal descent, the trials of the underworld journey and the birth of consciousness. This retreat will be a journey through both collective and personal experience using movement, images, dream and ritual enactment. The retreat also includes discussion, reflection, meditation, and periods of silence.

Atula has been ordained for 40 years and is an experienced therapist and retreat leader who has a gift for using myth and symbol to take us into the depths of our being. Mandarava is an artist, puppet maker and story teller. Nagamudra is a story teller and dramatherapist. For more details of Mandarava’s work:

Awakening the Imagination Retreats

see also:

Our Meditation and Dharma weeks and the week long retreats over Christmas and New Year.

Awakening the Imagination Retreats

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