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.
Writing on the Mirror – Creative Writing Long WeekendWith 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: subhadassi.com
The Call of the Moon - Meditation Long WeekendWith Paramananda
June 23-26 | £230/205
“We are going to the moon that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.” ― Anaïs Nin
Throughout time the image of the moon has held a deeply mysterious allure to mankind and has often been seen as a metaphor for the aspects of the psyche which are hidden from everyday consciousness. This retreat will encourage us to see meditation and ritual as a means of revealing the hidden aspects of our inner being aiming to bring a soft moon-like light to open us to all our fullness. With meditation, ritual and periods of silence.
Please note: Before attending this retreat you will need to have been regularly meditating for at least two years. This retreat runs from Friday pm to Monday pm.
Drawing Attention to Life – Art & MeditationWith Khemasiddhi, Vilokini & Vandika
14-16 July | £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.
For more information on Khemasiddhi & Vilokini please see Awakening the Imagination
The Crucible of Meditation Weekends 2017:
These weekends are suitable for those who have been meditating regularly within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community for two years.
Summer Meditation Weekendwith Balajit & Amitasuri
August 11 - 13 | £155/135
Mid-Winter Meditation WeekendWith Balajit & Singhasri
December 15 - 17 | £155/135
A regular meditation practice can bring welcome periods of peace and calm into the rigours and demands of our everyday life. Yet Buddhist meditation and practice goes beyond generating relatively peaceful intervals in our lives. On this retreat we will explore how the Dharma reveals the underlying causes of suffering and unease in our lives, seeking to bring new direction and meaning. We will be supported in this quest by meditation, workshops and ritual, as we collectively explore what is limiting us and what deep down our hearts long for.
Balajit lived and worked for many years at Vajraloka meditation centre in Wales, where he also led retreats. He now works in Birmingham as a Shen physio-emotional release therapist. Singhashri teaches Buddhist meditation on retreats and at Buddhist Centres across the UK. She also works for the Breathworks mindfulness programme.