The Radical Embrace - Online Week Retreat

This retreat is 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, Triratna Buddhist devotional practice and ritual (puja), be comfortable with extended periods of sitting meditation and the possibility on some retreats of periods spent in silence.

This online retreat costs £80 to book, plus a recommended donation of £60-90

(this can be paid at the booking checkout).

Please note:

1. That the automated booking confirmation that you will receive will contain information that relates to a residential retreat, so please ignore that. It would cost money that we don't currently have to change our systems to reflect the circumstances of these special online events.

2. You will receive a joining email from us close to the start of each event (ideally the day before), with a Zoom link that will work for the whole of that particular retreat online event.

3. Zoom is a simple online communications platform that is very easy to use. If you have not used it before, we suggest that you download this programme and install for free before your retreat is due to take place. You can find the programme at this link: If you have any questions about using Zoom, please contact us at


Retreat Details:

What is the connection between how we work with our own minds and how we respond to others and the world around us?

This retreat offers the opportunity to delve deeply into an authentic and radically honest exploration of the principle and practice of ahimsa, non-violence. Ahimsa as a fully embodied principle regards all experiences, people and things as having value and integrity in and of themselves. It is beyond objectification and utilitarianism, and towards interconnectedness and a deep respect for the inherent value of everything.

How might a non-violent approach to what we encounter in our meditation practice support us in unravelling what drives us to feel limited and contracted, discovering what supports opening and relaxation, and more deeply embodying non-violence in our interactions with others and the world? How can it support us in our work towards greater social and environmental justice?

This exploration will be supported by teacher input and led practices, small group enquiry into what you are noticing in your practice, bodywork and mindful movement, the neuroscience of how we’re wired and how change happens, meditation reviews, and large group enquiry and discussion.

For those with at least six months meditation experience interested in deepening their practice and links with the wider context of social and environmental issues in our world.


10:30-12:30pm - Introductions and retreat overview

4:30-5:30pm - Meditation and dedication ceremony


10:30-12:30pm - Input, meditation and enquiry

4:30-5:30pm - Intention setting ritual for all


10:30-12:30 - Input, meditation and enquiry

4:00pm - Individual or small meditation reviews (others encouraged to meditate at this time)


10:30-12:30 - Input, meditation and enquiry

4:30-5:30pm - Reporting-out and closing ritual



In addition to scheduled Zoom sessions, the retreat will also include:

Retreat reading material excerpted from a draft of the forthcoming publication - The Radical Embrace, by Singhashri and Balajit

Access to a dropbox folder with audio recordings of each session, retreat reading materials, and additional resources

Invitation to join the Radical Embracers Facebook group for all those who have been or are currently on retreat with us, in order to connect with one another outside of sessions, post things that inspire us, share insights, etc.

One-on-one or small group meditation reviews over the course of the week. Option to audio record one-to-one reviews for your own personal use

Retreat Leaders: 
Singhashri and Balajit
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020 to Friday, September 25, 2020

Prices for this event are: £80

Selected Price: 

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