The Uncarved Block - Online Meditation Week

To attend this retreat 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.

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: https://zoom.us/download. If you have any questions about using Zoom, please contact us at bookings@rivendellretreatcentre.com

Retreat Details:

To attend this online retreat 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.

‘The uncarved block’ is a central image in the Taoist tradition. It represents a way of being that has limitless potential and creativity. It also suggests that there is a way of experiencing that goes beyond, or perhaps below, our conditioned sense of self, free from manipulation and the need to seek a sense of control and dominance of other and the world. It is perhaps also something of a remembering of our natural state, unshaped by craving and fear. We will together on the retreat create the conditions that can support such an experience through meditation and ritual and living in solidarity with one another.

Please note: This retreat runs from 10.30 Saturday to 12.30 Friday.  

*Daily schedule UK time:

10.30 - 12.30 Morning session

16.00 - 17.30 Afternoon session.


19.30 - 20.30 Evening session.

*may change

Paramananda has been teaching meditation and leading retreats around the world for over 30 years and is also a poet and author of four books on meditation: 'Change Your Mind', 'A Deeper Beauty', 'The Body' and 'The Myth of Meditation'.

Mandarava regularly leads retreats at Rivendell and is an artist, puppet maker and storyteller, who has a particular gift for creating meaningful and engaging rituals within the context of retreats.

Retreat Leaders: 
Paramananda and Mandarava
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 to Friday, December 18, 2020

Prices for this event are: £80

Selected Price: 
£80.00

This retreat is now less than 6 weeks away so payment in full is required.