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The Next Step Courses 

Our next step courses are aimed towards those who already have an understanding of buddhist concepts and philosophy and are ready to explore them in more depth. If you are new to buddhism and the terminology and ideas it uses you may find these courses are a little difficult to follow.

You may notice some of these are also classed as introductory courses. This is because some content is suitable for people who are new to Buddhism, but they also contain information that is a little more advanced and therefore also suitable to people looking to go a bit deeper with their understanding.

Please be aware retreats might be cancelled up to two weeks prior to the event due to lack of numbers or other reasons so please keep this in mind when booking transport.

Personal, Self-led Retreats – PLACES AVAILABLE

This is a chance to use Land of Joy’s tranquil and supportive environment to complete your own self-led retreat at a time when there are no group retreats happening.

January 2018

With Roy Sutherwood: 26th January – 3rd February – PLACES AVAILABLE

Please note change of dates from those originally shown

This retreat explores calm abiding (samatha) meditation on the clear nature of the mind and insight (vipassana) meditation on the empty nature of the mind with the context of the mahamudra (great seal) as practised in the paramitayana (sutra) system.

February 2018

With Ven Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald): 9th – 12th February – PLACES AVAILABLE

This is a wonderful opportunity if you’re keen to learn more about meditation, how to establish your own practice, or better understand the practice you already have.

March 2018

With Ven Mary: 30th March – 2nd April – PLACES AVAILABLE

Learn the essential facts about the law of cause and effect and generate a clear understanding about how karma works.

April 2018

With Roy Sutherwood: 7th – 14th April – PLACES AVAILABLE

This retreat offers the wonderful opportunity to explore and practice the Medicine Buddha sadhana which acts as a powerful healing practice for body and mind as well as a method for developing shamatha and concentrated analysis.

With Steff Hill & Beth Halford: 27th April – 5th May – PLACES AVAILABLE

This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to do some of the most common preliminary practices, as well as learning more about why they are so important to complete.

June 2018

With Ven Mary Reavey: 1st – 9th June – PLACES AVAILABLE

A mainly silent retreat of self-led meditations providing the opportunity to deepen your meditational experience in a peaceful and conducive environment.

August 2018

With Mike Murray: 3rd – 6th August – PLACES AVAILABLE

How much do we know about our own mind and how it shapes our experience? Are we living to our fullest potential. This retreat will explore these questions and much more.

September 2018

With Paula (Nyingje) Chichester: 15th – 24th September – PLACES AVAILABLE

This retreat will focus on the ‘Merging the Mind of the Guru with Chenrezig’ sadhana; using it to integrate the body/speech/mind into an experience of wholeness joy, light and acceptance and inner peace.

November 2018


With Ven Mary: 2nd – 11th November – PLACES AVAILABLE

Take advantage of this opportunity to immerse yourself in the pivotal teachings and meditations of the graduated path to Enlightenment led by such a skilful and experienced teacher.

With Kerry Prest: 16th – 19th November – PLACES AVAILABLE

Discover the unique system for putting Buddhist philosophy into practice whilst hearing an overview of the entire Tibetan Buddhist path to awakening.