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Programme 2018-09-19T15:57:32+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.

September 2018

With Paula (Nyingje) Chichester: 14th – 23rd 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.

With Geshe Samten: 29th & 30th September Places Available

Enhance your practice by learning how to make basic Tibetan style tormas with a highly qualified tantric Geshe.

With Pauline Barber: 28th September – 5th October – PLACES AVAILABLE

A chance to re-connect with nature while helping us take care of our woodland.

October 2018

With Andy Wistreich: 19th – 27th October – PLACES AVAILABLE

This retreat will provide an opportunity for those who have taken the Kalacakra initiation to explore the full mandala through the ‘long’ sadhana which includes the 61-deity protection circle and the full body, speech and mind mandala with its 722 deities.

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.

December 2018

With Jake Fischer: 14th – 22nd December Places Available

A precious opportunity to share with others while deepening your understanding of this complex practice through meditation and study of the sadhana. Initiates only.

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 Ven Mary Reavey: 15th-18th February Places Available

This weekend will explore the idea of cause and effect (karma) and how it works from a Buddhist perspective as well as effective tools for creating the causes for happiness and discovering ways to deal with difficulties.

With Ven Robina Courtin: 26th February – 2nd March Places Available

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

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.

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 various group leaders: 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.

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 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: 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.