Programme 2019-01-05T14:07:37+00:00

Retreats & Courses at Land of Joy

Land of Joy offers a range of introductory, next step, advanced and secular retreats through most of the year. Please click on any retreat of interest to learn more about it and book your place.

Personal retreats or private stays are sometimes possible, but currently need to fit around group retreats happening at the centre due to limited accommodation options.

Please be aware retreats might be cancelled up to two weeks prior to the event due to lack of numbers or other reasons. It is also possible they will be re-arranged if we have the chance to host a high lama, so please keep this in mind when booking transport.

January 2019

With Roy Sutherwood: 12 – 19th January Places Available

From relative newcomers to Buddhist meditation to those very familiar with mahamudra, this retreat is a great opportunity to deepen your practice whilst becoming more familiar with the true nature of your mind.

February 2019

With Ondy Willson: 2nd & 3rd February Places Available

During this weekend you will consider how changing mental and emotional habits and tendencies can transform your lives and fulfil you in a way that does not rely on the volatile and uncertain circumstances of life, but continues to deepen and fulfil you as you draw on your inner strength and unique personal reservoirs of wellbeing.

With Ven Robina Courtin: 26th February – 2nd March Waiting list only

Discover your natural ability to lessen fear, depression, anxiety, neediness, low self-esteem and learn develop love, contentment, compassion, clarity, courage and the other qualities we so badly want.

March 2019

With Andy Wistreich & Shan Tate: 8th-11th March Places Available

Having a spiritual teacher can be a very special thing but what does it mean, how should they be chosen and what difficulties must be avoided? Join us to hear the answers to these questions and much more.

With Andy Wistreich & Shan Tate: 15th – 24th March Places Available

Wisdom & compassion are like the two wings of a bird that flies to enlightenment. This retreat includes teaching, meditation and discussion to help generate experiences of the two bodhicittas.

With Wendy Ridley: 30th & 31st March Places Available

16 Guidelines for a Happy Life (16G) are workshops and tools based on a set of values that aim to encourage positive qualities in your life. They help you to change how you think, how you act, how you relate to others and how you find meaning.

April 2019

With various group leaders: 19th – 22nd April Places Available

This is a chance for your family to spend precious time together while developing positive thoughts and attitudes both within your family dynamic and beyond. 

With Ven Wangchuk: 30th April – 19th May Waiting List

This is a very precious opportunity to complete a nearing retreat and fire puja with a very experienced practitioner in a powerful and conducive environment.

May 2019

With Ven Mary Reavey: 31st May – 3rd June Places Available

During this weekend you will learn to use any fear of death to overcome concerns that might be associated with it and discover how to use its certainty and imminence to enhance your quality of life.

June 2019

With Lou Beaumont: 28th – 30th June Places Available

The aim of this weekend will be to get in touch with our subtle energy through the basic practice of pranayama breathing exercise & gentle qigong movement.

August 2019

With Ven Mary Reavey: 10th – 17th August Places Available

Have you attended Buddhist teachings and feel they could be useful for you but don’t know how to meditate on the subjects you’ve studied or how to apply them to your life? This retreat will answer these questions and more.

With Mike Murray: 30th August – 2nd September Places Available

This weekend aims to provide you with an understanding of what the Three Jewels are and what taking Refuge in them really means. There will be explanations and time for discussion and reflection.

September 2019

With Ondy Willson: 7th & 8th September Places Available

During this weekend we shall consider how to train our minds to get the best from our relationships and be able to open our hearts to anyone, regardless of whether we like them or not.

With Paula Chichester: 13th – 22nd September Waiting List

The meditations and exercises practiced during this retreat will be based on the 6 Yogas of Naropa teachings of Lama Thubten Yeshe that Paula received in 1983.

With Paula Chichester: 26th – 30th September Places Available

This retreat will offer easy-to-understand instructions on cultivating an understanding of emptiness and activating compassion as well as presenting very helpful slogans to guide bodhisattva action in daily life.  This is a very practical series of “tried and true” advices and contemplations for transforming the life into pure dharma, where peace and kindness prevail.

October 2019

With Paula Chichester: 4th – 13th October Places Available

Glorious White Tara is the healer of all ills and giver of long life. This beautiful practice will be the foundation for a retreat focused on experiential meditations that will introduce the tantric sadhana and mantra recitation as a healing method.

With Roy Sutherwood: 26th October – 2nd November Places Available

This meditation retreat will focus on methods of love and insight working together like two wings of a bird, enabling you to investigate and transform your attitudes while developing positive qualities for yourself and others.

November 2019

With Andy Wistreich: 15th November – 1st December Places Available

The retreat will enable one to learn the practice, with daily teaching and discussion sessions to supplement the main practice sessions. Through it one may complete the nearing retreat with the burnt offering ritual, based on fulfilling the required mantra count.

With Andy Wistreich: 8th – 11th November Places Available

This retreat will utilise yogic practices, bodywork, discussion, meditation and teaching to help practitioners tap into their emotional reservoirs as a resource for their highest yoga tantra practice.