Download the Autumn 2014 programme (PDF)


Download the 2014 Retreats programme (PDF)

Going on Retreat

A retreat is a chance to live in a way far removed from television, tube stations, stress and city-strife. It is an opportunity to relax, refresh, inspire and perhaps challenge yourself. For some it is a get-away from the business of modern life, for others it is a life-changing experience they never forget. A retreat is also a good way to meet new friends. You can deepen your meditation, cultivate mindfulness, and learn about Buddhism.

The LBC offers a wide variety of retreats run throughout the year at Vajrasana, the London Buddhist Centre’s retreat centre in Suffolk.

* * * Vajrasana will be closing from May 2014 until September 2015 for a major re-building project which will result in a large purpose built and beautifully designed retreat centre.During this time retreates will be held at Kench Hill, Adhisthana and Rivendell retreat centres. * * *

Download a PDF version of our 2014 retreat calendar

Newcomers - open to all, but specifically aimed at beginners
Going Deeper - for regulars, Mitras and those who have asked for ordination
Mandala - open to all.

More about retreats...

see pics of Vajrasana retreat centre

WEEKEND RETREATS
 

 


Intro Retreats

Meditation Weekend

Learn two fundamental, far-reaching and transformative meditation practices, while living communally with diverse but like-minded people and exploring a Buddhist vision of reality. Booking essential
More info

Camping places now available

Newcomers
19-21 Sep

Minibus 4 places
More info

Residential
£150/£110. FULL for women - please email providing a daytime phone no. for waiting list

Camping (Please note you need to bring your own tent and bedding)
£150/£110
nearly full - please
email
or call 0208 709 9987 for waiting list
Newcomers
24-26 Oct

Minibus 12 places
More info

£150/£110
Newcomers
14-16 Nov

Minibus 11 places
More info

£150/£110
 

Sub35 Retreat

Weekend retreat for people aged under 35, led by the Sub35 team. A chance to experience the benefits of meditation and explore Buddhist ideals without the distraction of city life. With a fresh emphasis on transformation of self and world and deepening friendship. Everyone under 35 welcome, for more information contact nextgeneration@lbc.org.uk.

Young People under 35
12-14 Sep
Minibus 6 places
More info

Residential
£130/£100
Full for WOMEN - please email with daytime phone no. for waiting list

MEN 5 places
book here

Camping (Please note - you need to bring your own tent and bedding)

£130/£100
Booking essential

nearly full - please
email
or call 0208 709 9987 to enquire
 

Breathing Space Retreat

An introduction to Mindfulness-Based Approaches for staying free from depression or addiction, as well as a great refresher for those who have done an MBCT, MBSR or MBAR course.

Newcomers and those who have done an MBCT, MBSR or MBAR course
10- 12 Oct
Free transportation from LBC to Vajrasana included in the price.
£145/110
not yet bookable
Regulars' Weekend
Going Deeper
21- 23 Nov
£150/110
not yet bookable


LONGER RETREATS

Summer Retreat - Meeting the Buddhas
Moving towards greater mindfulness, love and energy. It will be an opportunity to practice mindfulness, strengthen positive emotion and to have a deeper experience of meditation. We will be drawing inspiration from the life of the historical Buddha and some of the archetypal Buddha figures who represent different qualities of the Enlightened Mind. This retreat is a journey of exploration. The programme of activities will include meditation, talks on Buddhism, discussion, rituals and silence with time to get know others and to clarify what is important to you. This retreat is specifically for newcomers to Buddhist Meditation and for those in their first two years of establishing a meditation practice.

Led by Maitrivajri and Maitreyaraja

More details

Newcomers
16-25 Aug
Minibus 11 places
Residential £420/£310
FULL for both men and women: please email with daytime phone no. for waiting list
Camping £420/310 (Please note you need to bring your own tent and bedding)

FULL - please
email
or call 0208 709 9987 for waiting list

Open Winter Retreat 2014
More details to follow

Newcomers
22 Dec - Jan 1
No minibus

£490/390 (10 nights)

£290/240 (5 nights)

not yet bookable
Winter Mandala Retreat 2014
More details to follow
Going Deeper
27 Dec - Jan 2
No minibus
£350/300 (6 nights)
not yet bookable
 
Solitary Retreats
 

Solitary Retreat Huts
Please note that the two solitary retreat huts at Vajrasana, our retreat centre in the Suffolk countryside, are not available at the moment while the site is being substantially rebuilt. We will update this message when they can be booked again (estimated around end 2015).



Retreats at other centres