The Nature of Mind - Residential Retreat for Order Members

This retreat is for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Residential Bookings

Bookings on this page are for a residential space only on this hybrid retreat.


Retreat information

This retreat is part of the proposed Nature of Mind course being run in 2022 (more information to follow).

To know the nature of mind directly is life-transforming. Through it we can find freedom at last, relieve ourselves of deep causes of suffering, relax deeply, and open our hearts to the world in a new way. On this retreat we shall use teachings from the Mahamudra tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and Sangharakshita’s commentaries on them, as pointers and guides to help us in a practical meditative journey to discover the true nature of our own heart-mind.

The retreat will be mainly in silence, with teaching from Vessantara, meditation reviews and some devotional practice.

Vessantara has worked with this material for many years, including during a three-year retreat in France in 2008-11. He and Ambaranta have teamed up for many retreats at Rivendell over the past decade.


Retreat numbers

We have returned our retreats to their normal capacities in 2022 and will be taking bookings on that basis. However, should we need to reduce numbers because of future changes to government Covid guidelines, those who have booked first on each retreat will retain their places, whilst others will be contacted and given the options of a full refund, to transfer your money to another retreat, or perhaps to consider offering their fee, or part of it as a donation.

Covid-secure requirements

In addition to the confirmation email you will receive at the time of your booking, you will also be sent joining instructions about your stay at Rivendell. 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

Unfortunately Rivendell is unable to offer concessionary rates in 2022, as we are still in a very difficult financial situation as a result of closing for a year and a half due to the pandemic (2020/2021). However, please consider writing to our office team via if you really are in need of some financial assistance to help enable you to come on retreat here.

Cancellation policy

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 will be possible. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable in all *circumstances. 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. A refund will still be on the basis that we can the fill your space.

*However, if Rivendell has to cancel your retreat due to further Covid restrictions, then you will be given the option of a full refund, to transfer your money to another retreat, or perhaps to consider offering your fee, or part of it as a donation.

Retreat Leaders: 
Vessantara and Ambaranta
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Date: Friday, June 17, 2022 to Friday, June 24, 2022

Prices for this event are: £370

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This event is no longer open for bookings