Download the Summer 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 closed until early 2016 for the building of a large and beautifully designed retreat centre. During this time retreats will be held at Kench Hill, Adhisthana and Rivendell retreat centres. * * *

Download a PDF version of our 2015 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
8–10 May
Minibus full
More info
£160/£120

Limited places for men - please call 020 8709 9987

Full for WOMEN - please email providing a daytime phone no. for waiting list

Newcomers
26–28 Jun
Minibus 9 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential

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

Booking essential

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

Booking essential

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

Booking essential

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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
£160/£120

Nearly full - please email providing a daytime phone no. to enquire

Sub-35 Weekend
The Perfection of Energy
The Buddha’s Path to Freedom: Buddhism offers us the way to attain a state of perfect psychological and spiritual equilibrium. We will be exploring this in reference to the early Buddhist ideals of energy (viriya), mindfulness (smriti) and concentration (samadhi), helping us cultivate more vigour, interest and positivity in our lives. Suitable for newcomers and regulars.
Led by Adam and Gaelle
Going Deeper
5–7 Jun
Minibus 17 places
More info
£140/£110

Booking essential

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Sub-35 Yoga & Meditation Retreat (*non-residential*)
‘The human body, at peace with itself, is more precious than the rarest gem.’ - Tsongkhapa. Join us for this non-residential retreat where we’ll be exploring and deepening our connection to our bodies and minds through yoga, meditation, reflections, talks, ritual and shared meals. Suitable for beginners. All meals provided
Led by Joe, Holly and SuYen
All under 35 welcome Fri 21 Aug, 7.15-9.45pm
Sat 22 Aug, 10am-8.30pm
Sun 23 Aug, 10am-4pm
LBC
£140/£110

Booking essential. All meals provided

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Sub-35 Weekend
A weekend of meditation and communal living for anyone under 35 interested in exploring the Buddhist path
All under 35 welcome
25–27 Sep
No coach
£140/£110

Booking essential

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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

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

All under 35 welcome
13–15 Nov
Minibus 14 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential

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Regulars' Weekend
A weekend of practice for regular meditators

Going Deeper
4–6 Dec
Minibus 27 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential

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LONGER RETREATS
Men's Intensive: 'Looking Directly at Mind'
On this intensive meditation retreat for men, we’ll be exploring the five great stages of the spiritual life – integration, positive emotion, spiritual death, spiritual rebirth and receptivity. This will allow us to focus on the aim of Buddhist meditation: to see through self-clinging and be reborn into the stream of the Dharma. This retreat is especially for those men who want to deepen their meditation practice and engage directly with the fundamental issues of life. (The retreat will be mostly in silence with regular one-to-one meditation reviews. You need to have been meditating for at least six months and to have been on a residential retreat to attend.)

Led by Jnanavaca, Jayaka and Vidyadaka
Going Deeper
19–28 Jun
No coach
£425/£315

Booking essential

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Women's Intensive: 'The Doorway to Joy'
When we have the tools to make meditation engaging, it leads to faith in our practice and faith in the Dharma. An effective practice is a doorway to joy. Come and join us to explore ways of working in meditation. (This retreat will be mostly in silence. To attend, you need to have been meditating for at least six months and to have been on a residential retreat.)

Led by Shubha, Srivati, Vishvantara, Maitrivajri and Prajnadevi
Going Deeper
7–16 Aug
No minibus
More info
£425/£315

Retreat FULL - please email providing a daytime phone no. for waiting list. (Some places may be added to this retreat depending on renovations at Kench Hill.)

Summer Retreat: 'Peace is a Fire'
In an increasingly fractured, violent and complex world, how do we learn to respond in a positive, creative way to all external and internal difficulties? Mind and world are intimately linked and affect one another in many ways. Peace, like fire, can spread. This retreat is ideal for anyone new to meditation and Buddhism, or in their first year of practice.

Led by Silapiya and Padmalila
Newcomers & Going Deeper
21–28 Aug
Minibus 14 places
More info
£365/£265

Booking essential

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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 early 2016).



Retreats at other centres