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.

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.

December 2019

With Martin Kerrigan: 7th – 14th December Places Available

Join us to cleanse your mind of delusions and negative energy using Buddhist purification practices that are said to be as effective as a great fire is at burning away thousands of acres of forest! 

2020 Programme


With Roy Sutherwood: 11th-18th 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. 


With Pauline Barber 25th January-1st February Places Available

Come and help us maintain and restore our beautiful woodlands for animals and people to enjoy and benefit from. 


With Geshe Samten: 1st & 2nd February Places Available

This course gives a wonderful opportunity to become more familiar with the different kind of mudras. Geshe la will also talk about how to prepare for personal retreat. It’s a great chance to receive practical explanations from an authentic practitioner and studied Geshe in English.


With Wendy Ridley: 8th & 9th February 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 Venerable Robina: 19th-23rd February – Places Available

It’s a commonly held misconception that spiritual practice and activism conflict. In fact, the logical consequence of successful practice is action for the sake of others; it just naturally follows which brings optimism and confidence that every small action counts and the courage to never give up, no matter how difficult it is.


With Martin Kerrigan: 29th February – 7th March Places Available

Join us to purify your mind of delusions and negative energy using Buddhist purification practices that are said to be as effective as a great fire is at burning away thousands of acres of forest! 


With Martin Kerrigan: 13th-16th March Places Available

This retreat will include an explanation of the mind and emotions as well as introducing meditations for working on individual emotions in order to transform the mind to work towards achieving genuine peace and happiness.

With Lou Beaumont: 28th & 29th March Places Available

This weekend aims to help you get in touch with your subtle energy through the basic practice of pranayama breathing exercise & gentle qigong movement.



Various Leaders: 10th-13th April Places Available

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


With Roy Sutherwood: 18th & 19th April Places Available

Meditation helps us become aware of our thoughts, empowering us to have greater control creating a sense of space and calm. Come and join us at the welcoming, supportive, safe and peaceful Land of Joy to help develop a happier, kinder and more compassion approach to life.



With Di Carroll: 2nd May – 9th May Places Available

The Nyung Nay retreat is a two day intensive practice of Chenresig, the Buddha of Compassion.

Doing even one Nyung Nay for just two days is said to be as effective as three months of other purification practices and is extremely powerful for purifying negative karma and opening the heart to compassion.


With Geshe Tenzin Namdak: 16th May – 21st May Places Available

Through understanding conventional reality, one comes to know how the ignorance of grasping at an inherent world gives rise to destructive emotions, producing the twelve links of suffering samsara. This Retreat will give you the chance to develop a clearer view of how we create our own reality.


With Ven Mary Reavey: 29th May – 1st June Places Available

Having a regular practice helps create a positive momentum in our lives, enabling us to develop our positive potential while living with a peaceful mind in daily life. This retreat will help you develop this and more.


With Shan Tate: 6th & 7th June Places Available

This weekend will explore how to develop our own inner strengths by learning how to embrace our pasts and take control of our future through relying on our inner wisdom. Becoming more comfortable in our own skin enables us to be more comfortable with others.



With Andy Wistreich: 13th – 20th June Places Available

This retreat will provide instruction and practice on how to do the Kalacakra Mind Mandala nearing retreat, including the preliminary rituals and fire puja


July – Coming soon…


With Ven Mary Reavey: 8th-15th 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 Pauline Barber: 29th August – 6th September Places Available

Come and help us maintain and restore our beautiful woodlands for animals and people to enjoy and benefit from. 


With Paula Chichester: 11th-14th September Places Available

This weekend will be a series of soft, easy, physical and meditation exercises that allow the mind/body to come home to itself, to our basic natural wholesome sense of being here, present, awake and feeling good about who we are and what we are doing.

With Paula Chichester: 18th – 27th September Places Available

The Vajrayogini Completion Stage Retreat is only open to those who have completed the nearing 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.


With Andy Wistreich: 10th – 17th October Places Available

This retreat is for those who have either attended the July 2019 Yamantaka retreat at Land of Joy, or for others who are accepted following application, by the retreat leader. Either way you will have received the Yamantaka empowerment and be familiar with the generation stage sadhana, ideally having completed the enabling retreat.


With Paula Chichester: 13th – 22nd November 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.