Wolf at the Door: Dancing with Form and Freedom: where the wildness is

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.

"One had a pretty face

And two or three had charm,

But charm and face were in vain

Because the mountain grass

Cannot but keep the form

Where the mountain hare has lain."

                – from 'Memory' by W B Yeats

A Buddhist writing retreat, exploring imagination through pen, paper - and the spaces in between…

Can we find the wildness of imagination through letting ourselves go with no limits, or do we find it through using particular literary forms or parameters? What have other writers and artists done? Is it possible to dance between the two?

In this retreat, through exercises and space to experiment, we will be exploring both using form and freeform, to explore our own wild inner landscapes together.

Come and delve deep with Wolf at the Door, in the beautiful surroundings of Rivendell.


Wolf at the Door writing workshops are woven with the Dharma and laced with the unexpected. No writing experience necessary, just a willingness to step through ‘the door’ of the imagination in the company of experienced 'wolf' guides. Read more about the leaders here https://www.wolfatthedoor.org/about-us.html

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 bookings@rivendellretreatcentre.com 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: 
Dharmavadana, Vishvantara and Padmacandra
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Date: Friday, May 26, 2023 to Monday, May 29, 2023

Prices for this event are: £279 - £249 (Conc)

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