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Retreats 2017-12-13T17:18:55+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.

December 2017

Personal, Self-led Retreats: 15th December to 15th January – 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.

January 2018

With Roy Sutherwood: 26th January – 3rd  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.

February 2018

With Ven Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald): 9th – 12th February – PLACES AVAILABLE

This is a wonderful opportunity if you’re keen to learn more about meditation, how to establish your own practice, or better understand the practice you already have.

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

Learn the essential facts about the law of cause and effect and generate a clear understanding about how karma works.

April 2018

With Roy Sutherwood: 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 Ven Mary Reavey: 1st – 9th June – PLACES AVAILABLE

A mainly silent retreat of self-led meditations providing the opportunity to deepen your meditational experience in a peaceful and conducive environment.

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 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.