These one or two week-long retreats create the conditions for you to take meditation practice deeper. To attend these retreats you will need to have been regularly meditating for at least two years and regularly attend retreats, a centre or a group within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. You must also be comfortable with extended periods of sitting meditation, Buddhist devotional practice and spending most of the retreat in silence.
Paramananda has been teaching meditation and leading retreats for over 30 years and is author of three books on meditation: Change Your Mind, A Deeper Beauty and The Body. Mandarava lives at Rivendell and is an artist, puppet maker and story teller, who has a particular gift for creating meaningful and engaging rituals within the context of retreats. Nagasiddhi also lives at Rivendell and is an artist. For more details of Mandarava’s work: www.bluebirdpuppets.com
The Alchemical Heart – Two-Week Meditation Retreatwith Paramananda & Mandarava
September 15-29 | £635/605
This two-week-long meditation retreat will focus on the ‘heart’ as the door to love and beauty. Through meditation we will explore how restoring the heart to its traditional central place in awareness and imagination allows us to cultivate a sense of care for ourselves and the world. We will see how a meditation practice based in care helps to heal the split between ourselves and the world. Mandarava will lead ritual each evening to connect imaginatively to the heart and give expression to its longing.
The House of Belonging - Meditation Weekwith Paramananda & Mandarava
December 01-08 | £340/310
In many fairy stories the principal characters, often children, have to leave home and undertake a dangerous journey in order to find their adult place in the world. In these stories the children ultimately find fulfilment but in reality many of us do not feel that we have really found our particular calling, our true place in the world. In ancient Greece it was believed that we come into the world with a 'Daimon', a kind of spiritual twin, which holds the key to our experiencing wholeness if we are able to listen to it. Carl Jung had a similar idea that the task of a fully human life is to build a relationship with the larger ‘self’ that goes beyond the small-minded desires of the ‘ego’. In this retreat we will explore how meditation and ritual might support us to realise our deeper longings to be fully part of the world.
See also Weekends page for the details of The Call of the Moon Meditation Long Weekend with Paramamanda, 23-26 June.