Compassionate Self - a retreat led by the Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity Group

This retreat is suitable for those new to meditation and Buddhism as practised within the Triratna Buddhist Community.

Led by the Gender Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) Team from Brighton Buddhist Centre, this retreat is for people who identify as gender diverse, trans, intersex, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender non-conforming, questioning etc. and who are interested in Buddhism and Meditation as practised within the Triratna Buddhist Community.

This weekend is for both those with an established meditation practise and those new to meditation - all are welcome!

Buddhism allows an individual, queer or otherwise, to blossom into the fullness of their ‘Compassionate Self’ and engage deeply, empathetically and lovingly with their own condition and that of others around them.

On this retreat we will be bringing our lived experience of the GSRD identifying community into our connection and interest in exploring the Dharma, through meditation, talks and conversation, in the safe and beautiful environment of Rivendell. 

Booking & accommodation

Rates: £219/£199 concs. (Deposit £60)

We welcome everyone regardless of gender identity. Since our bedrooms are shared we invite you to give us more information about yourself so that we can provide sleeping accommodation and washing and toilet facilities which will ensure privacy, safety and decency for you and others on retreat. Please fill out the waiting list form with your gender information and accommodation requirements and we will contact you soon afterwards to discuss your needs - you are also welcome to phone us if you would like to talk things through first.

Office is staffed:

Mondays 13:30-17:00

Thursdays 13:30- 17:00

Fridays 14:30-17:00

Covid-secure requirements

We still have some Covid related requirements that we believe helps to ensure that Rivendell is a safer environment (such as asking each retreatant to take a lateral flow test and letting the office know the result before travelling to Rivendell), and we will only accept bookings on the basis that those who attend our retreats abide by the requirements of our Covid risk assessment.

We want those that come to Rivendell to be confident that we are making their stay here as safe as possible.

Concession information

Rivendell has reintroduced its concessionary rate for all retreats, however we are still in a very difficult financial situation so please can we ask that you only use this rate if essential. Please do also consider writing to our office team via if you really are in need of further financial assistance to help enable you to come on retreat here.

Cancellation policy

All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable in all circumstances. If you wish to cancel your place on a retreat, we require a minimum notice of 4 calendar weeks before a retreat is due to take place, in order that a refund (not deposit) will be possible. If you cancel and we can't replace you, you will be required to pay half the total cost of the retreat. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel, as there may be other people waiting for a place on the retreat to become available. Any refund will still be on the basis that we can the fill your space.

Retreat Leaders: 
led by the Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity Group (Brighton)
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Retreat Type: 
Date: Friday, March 31, 2023 to Sunday, April 2, 2023
Selected Price: 

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