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Programme 2017-11-07T16:35:22+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.

October 2017

November 2017

With Rhonwen Sayer: 20th-24th November – PLACES AVAILABLE

This retreat is suitable for beginners to the practice, but equally for those who are already familiar with it, as an opportunity to come together with fellow-practitioners, to share practice and deepen our understanding of this powerful and complex practice.

December 2017

With Martin Kerrigan: 1st-9th Dec – PLACES AVAILABLE

There is no negative action that cannot be purified. These negative imprints left in our mind-stream can be purified so that we don’t have to experience the suffering results that would otherwise come, and so we can clear this negative energy out of the way of our spiritual development.

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.

February 2018

With Roy Sutherwood: 2nd – 10th February – PLACES AVAILABLE

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.

With Ven Wangchuk: 16th February – 10th March – PLACES AVAILABLE

This is a special opportunity to complete a nearing (approximation) retreat in a supportive group environment finishing with a burnt offering (fire puja). Open only to those with a Yamantaka Solitary Hero initiation.

March 2018

With Wendy Ridley: 24th & 25th March – PLACES AVAILABLE

A two day residential Level 1 course exploring key attitudes for developing a mindful culture in our family and community; in education, health care, or business.

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

This weekend will explore the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit, how to set up a meditation session, different meditation techniques, and how to deal with obstacles that might arise around our meditation.

April 2018

With Steff Hill: 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 Ondy Willson: 15th – 24th June – PLACES AVAILABLE

This retreat teaches introductory level Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation from a modern view point, providing a different perspective from which we can increase the amount of peace, happiness, and compassion we have in our daily lives.

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.

With Paula (Nyingje) Chichester: 18th – 27th August

Open to those who have completed the enabling action retreat and fire puja. The meditations and exercises will be based on the 6 Yogas of Naropa teachings of Lama Thubten Yeshe that Paula received in 1983.

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.

October 2018

With Andy Wistreich: 19th – 27th September – 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: 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.