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.
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.
With Ven Mary Reavey: 24th – 30th November – PLACES AVAILABLE
Come and cleanse your mind of the negative imprints you’ve created in the past for a happier and kinder future. This is a wonderful opportunity to be introduced to and practice some of the strongest purification practices buddhism has to offer.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.