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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
18–20 Sep
Minibus 15 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential
book here

Newcomers
23–25 Oct
Minibus 14 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential
book here

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

Booking essential
book here

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
book here

Sub-35 Weekend: Entering the Forest
AThe Buddha recommended that his followers spend some of every year on retreat, a practice which Buddhists have undertaken for thousands of years. Retreats create an almost timeless space for reflection and meditation, away from our usual distractions and habits. Over the course of this weekend we will discover how a retreat can open a doorway to one’s imagination and core values.

Led by Glenn & Kusalasara.
All under 35 welcome
25–27 Sep
No minibus
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

9–11 Oct
Call 020 8981 1225 to enquire

Men’s Event
Beyond Isolation - Building the Buddhaland.
How do we become more connected with others instead of being isolated from our world and mind? For men familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana.

Led by Jayaka, Suriyavamsa and Vadanya.
Men
Going Deeper
9–11 Oct
No minibus
£140/£110

Book through the Padmaloka website

Sub-35 Weekend: Stop. Realise. Release.
In our everyday lives we can become so clouded by stress and anxiety, or with the endless pursuit of pleasure and success, that we lose sight of what really matters. On retreat we put down our smartphones, sign out of Facebook and head to the countryside to come together, build friendship and explore the Buddhist vision of a life lived with meaning – liberated from superficiality and mental anguish. Meditation, reflection, talks, rituals and shared meals.

Led by Holly and David.

All under 35 welcome
13–15 Nov
Minibus 26 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential
book here

Regulars' Weekend: Mind, Consciousness & Thought
On this retreat we will be exploring ways of opening up to how things really are through contemplation, emotional engagement, reflection and meditation. For people who know both practices.

Led by Maitreyabandhu.

Going Deeper
4–6 Dec
Minibus 11 places
More info
£160/£120

Booking essential
book here



LONGER RETREATS
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

Booking essential
5 places
book here

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 7 places
More info
£365/£265

FULL Please email including a daytime tel no. for waiting list

Urban Retreat: carry on living your normal day-to-day life whilst finding ways to intensify your practice of meditation and Buddhism. We will support you with three day-long retreats, morning meditations, special classes, yoga and body work, daily text messages and emails, and a Buddhist Festival. The retreat is for suitable for all levels of experience including complete newcomers. See the programme here.

Led by Subhadramati, Vidyadaka, Singhamanas and Shraddhasiddhi.

Newcomers & Going Deeper
5-13 Sept

Non-
residential

No minibus
Free

Booking essential
book here

Families Retreat
A unique opportunity for those with children of three years and over to come together and experience the riches of retreat and community life. Five days to meditate, reflect and deepen your Dharma practice. A chance to make magic, participate in rituals, establish friendships and renew your zest for life.

Led by Jyotismati, Lilavati & Prasannavira

Newcomers & Going Deeper
26–30 Oct
No minibus

Adult £170 Child £120

Please call 020 8981 1225 to book

 

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

Winter Retreat
Beauty, Truth, Fire: Discovering the World of Enlightenment

Life may be fantastic right now, pretty tough or just plain dull. But ultimately, we’re always left with a lingering sense of dissatisfaction – we can’t quite hold on to things, they never really go our way in the end. Buddhism show us how to free ourselves from that cycle. By changing our mind we change the world we live in. Explore this path of transformation which leads from mundane consciousness all the way up to Buddhahood: a world illuminated by beauty, truth and fire.

Led by Subhadramati and Singhamanas.

Newcomers

22 Dec–1 Jan

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

No minibus

£500/£400 (ten days)

£300/£250 (five days)

All ten days book here

22-27 Dec book here

27 Dec - 1 Jan book here

Winter Sangha Retreat
The Heart of Wisdom

In Buddhism, wisdom and compassion fuse together, leading us to the profoundest mysteries of consciousness. Join us to explore the Heart Sutra and Wisdom teachings in four days of silence, meditation, study and ritual. This retreat is for Mitras and those with a regular meditation practice.

Led by Priyavajra and Shraddhasiddhi.

Newcomers

29 Dec–3 Jan

No minibus
More info
£365/£265

Booking essential
book here

 
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