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
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

Triratna Sub-25 Weekend
This retreat is the first of its kind and an exciting opportunity for those 25 and under to come together; to build friendships and explore what Buddhism has to say about life's big questions and how to live a meaningful life. We will be looking at Sangharakshita's teachings on the Greater Mandala of Aesthetic Appreciation; exploring beauty in the spiritual life and how we can live aligned with our deepest values. The retreat will be led by Order Members and Mitras who are under 25, with the support of Singhamati (Triratna's Young Buddhists Coordinator).
All under 25 welcome 31 Jul - 2 Aug Adhisthana
£70/£50
Bursary available

Book through the Adhisthana website

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
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

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

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

book here

Regulars' Weekend
A weekend of practice for regular meditators

Going Deeper
4–6 Dec
Minibus 26 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

6 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 10 places
More info
£365/£265

Booking essential

9 places
book here

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.

Led by Subhadramati, Vidyadaka, Singhamanas and Shraddhasiddhi

Newcomers & Going Deeper
5-13 Sept

Non-
residential

No minibus
Free

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 early 2016).



Retreats at other centres