Download the Spring 2015 programme and magazine (PDF)


Download the 2015 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

 

Newcomers
2022 Feb

Minibus 16 places
More info

£160/£120

Booking essential

book here

Newcomers
2729 Mar

Minibus 16 places
More info

£160/£120

Booking essential

book here

Newcomers
8–10 May
Minibus 16 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential

book here

Newcomers
26–28 Jun
Minibus 15 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential

book here

Newcomers
18–20 Sep
Minibus 16 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential

book here

Newcomers
23–25 Oct
Minibus 16 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential

book here

Newcomers
20–22 Nov
Minibus 16 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential

book here

Men’s Event: Beyond Capitalism – Radical Dharma for the Modern World

How can the Dharma help transform our Capitalist culture of personal wealth and greed. We’ll explore this through talks and discussion. Jayaka, the men’s mitra convenor at the LBC, goes to all the men’s events and encourages men from the LBC to join him. Suitable for men familiar with both meditation practices and the sevenfold puja

Led by Akuppa and Vajrashura and guest speaker Vaddhaka

 

Going Deeper
16–18 Jan

No Minibus

£135/£95

Booking essential

Book via Padmaloka web site

Sub35 Retreat: A New Beginning
Come and join the Sub35 team for a weekend of reflection and practice at this poignant time of year. We will create the space to reflect on our lives, how they are now and how we want them to be. We become what we speak, do and think, so let’s let take stock and ensure we are moving towards our deepest values and aspirations. We become what we go for refuge to.

 

All under 35 welcome

30 Jan–1 Feb

Minibus 23 places
More info

£140/£110

Booking essential

book here

 

Breathing Space Weekend
An introduction or refresher for anyone interested in mindfulness-based approaches or who has attended a course at Breathing Space.
MBAs
6–8 Mar
Call 020 8981 1225 to enquire

Regulars’ Retreat: The Power of Desire

How do we access the desire for life, for love, for the world and allow it to lead us to what is most valuable, beautiful and true?

Led by Jnanavaca, Subhadramati and Vidyadaka

Going Deeper
13–15 Mar

Minibus 15 places
More info

£160/£120

 

Booking essential

book here

Sub35 women’s retreat: The Mind Dancing in Emptiness

Buddhism says everything is impermanent and lacks any fixed essence. Yet we cling the illusion that we can control our experience, and cause ourselves untold suffering. Join us to explore how we can let go, free our minds and glimpse the fullness and beauty of reality. Open to women under 35 - with provision for newcomers.

Led by Kusalasara and Sarah

All women under 35 welcome

20–22 Mar

Minibus 27 places
More info

£140/£110

 

Booking essential

book here

Women’s Retreat
‘Those who enter the path, and practise meditation are released from the bondage of Mara’ The Dhammapada. A weekend retreat for women who know the two practices, exploring how the Buddha’s path can transform our lives through talks, meditation and ritual.

Led by Vanaraji, Mahamani and Svadhi

Going Deeper
24–26 Apr
Minibus 15 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential

book here

Sub-35 Weekends
A weekend of meditation and reflection in the company of other young people exploring Buddhism

 

All under 35 welcome
5–7 Jun
Minibus 27 places
More info
£140/£110

Booking essential

book here

25–27 Sep
No coach
£140/£110

Booking essential

book here

Breathing Space Weekend
An introduction or refresher for anyone interested in mindfulness-based approaches or who has attended a course at Breathing Space.

MBAs

9–11 Oct
Call 020 8981 1225 to enquire
Regulars' Weekend
A weekend of practice for regular meditators
Going Deeper
13–15 Nov
Minibus 15 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential

book here

Sub-35 Weekend
A weekend of meditation and reflection in the company of other young people exploring Buddhism

All under 35 welcome
4–6 Dec
Minibus 27 places
More info
£140/£110

Booking essential

book here



LONGER RETREATS


Open Winter Retreat 2014
‘Vision and Transformation’
The LBC's Winter Retreat is one of our most popular and inspiring events of the year. Led by Vidyadaka and Shraddhasiddhi. *Please note that you should pay full rate when booking this retreat: deposits are no longer available.*
Click here for more details

Newcomers
22 Dec–Jan 1
No minibus

Ten days
22 Dec–1 Jan
£490/£390

Event FULL. Please email providing a daytime phone no. and with the retreat dates in the subject header for waiting list

First five days
22–27 Dec
£290/£240

One place for a man - please email providing daytime tel number to enquire

Women 9 places
book here

Second five days
27 Dec–1 Jan
£290/£240

Event FULL. Please email providing a daytime phone no. and with the retreat dates in the subject header for waiting list


New Year Mandala Retreat
The Direct Path
The four foundations of mindfulness (the satipatthanas) are a central aspect of the Buddha’s rediscovery of an ancient path of practice leading to Enlightenment. Any single meditation practice from the sattipathanas is capable of leading to insight – the Buddha taught this as the direct path to Awakening. Join us on this retreat for regular meditators as we draw inspiration from the life of the historical Buddha and put his teachings more and more fully into practice.

Led by Manjusiha

Going Deeper
27 Dec–2 Jan
No minibus
£350/£300 (6 nights)

FULL for both men and women - please email providing a daytime phone no. for waiting list

Carers' Retreat
Caring for the carers. Run by Breathing Space, our project offering mindfulness for wellbeing
MBAs
2327 Feb
Call 020 8981 1225 to enquire

Spring Retreat: From the Wheel to the Spiral
Learning to live a creative life: On this retreat we will be exploring how to move from a life characterized by cycles of reaction, known as the Wheel, and how Buddhist practice can bring about a process of positive transformation and growth, known as the Spiral. It is an opportunity to learn and deepen meditation, enjoy springtime and investigate Buddhism so that you experience life in a new way; unfolding positively into more and more creativity.

Led by Sraddhagita and Satyadasa

Newcomers
3–12 Apr
Minibus 16 places
More info
£425/£315

Booking essential

book here

Men's Intensive
An intensive meditation retreat for men, with an extended period of silence and one-to-one meditation reviews. You need to have been meditating regularly for at least six months to attend.
Going Deeper
19–28 Jun
No coach
£425/£315

Booking essential

book here

Women's Intensive
An intensive meditation retreat for women, with an extended period of silence and one-to-one meditation reviews. You need to have been meditating regularly for at least six months to attend.
Going Deeper
7–16 Aug
No minibus
More info
£425/£315

Booking essential

book here

Summer Retreat
A week-long Buddhist retreat ideal for newcomers or those in their first two years of practice. You do not need to have meditated before, or be a Buddhist, to come
Newcomers & Going Deeper
21–28 Aug
Minibus 16 places
More info
£365/£265

Booking essential

book here

Carers' Retreat
Caring for the carers. Run by Breathing Space, our project offering mindfulness for wellbeing
MBAs
23–27 Nov
Call 020 8981 1225 to enquire

Newcomers' Winter Retreat

Newcomers

22 Dec–1 Jan

(All ten days,
or 22–27 Dec,
or 27 Dec–1 Jan)

No coach

£500/£400 (ten days)

£300/£250 (five days)

 

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