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 event that interests you to learn more about it and book your place.

Please be aware that due to the Coronavirus pandemic we can currently only offer our group retreats via Zoom. This will continue until we are able to host them onsite once again. When this happens we hope to live stream the onsite retreats online so those who can’t make it to the centre can still join the retreat via Zoom. Therefore, please share how you would prefer to attend the retreat when you complete your booking form so we know how many people to expect on onsite if this becomes possible.

Personal retreats or private stays are also possible depending on availability. Please click here for more details.

Please be aware event might be cancelled up to two weeks prior to their start date due to lack of numbers or other reasons. It is also possible they will be re-arranged if we have the chance to host touring teachers,, so please keep this in mind when booking transport.

September

With Hans Burghardt1st September-6th October

An enabling action retreat is an approximation retreat to the deity during which you complete the number of mantra recitations that permit you to perform mandala actions such as the fire puja and the self-initiation among others.

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October

With Ven Mary Reavey15th-23rd October – this will be offered as an online retreat

Shamatha is the development of attention which enables us to focus our attention on an object without agitation or dullness, eventually reaching the clear mind of. Shamata (calm abiding) is the clear mind that provides us with the focus we need to positively transform our minds for ourselves and others. We all need to start where we are so no matter what our level of meditation might be, you will find benefit from training your attention.

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November

With Max Gillespie5th – 7th November

The effects of modern living impacts on our bodies, the way we breathe and the way we relate to our emotions. During this three-day course you will learn techniques to rest the body, calm the breath, and relax the mind. Ultimately, embracing a greater depth of self-compassion.

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With Ray Furminger: 12th – 14th November

In this weekend course, Ray will share some of his knowledge of the subject gained over many years both as a practitioner and as a thangka painter in order to help you gain a deeper understanding of the symbolism of the mandala, how this can be inter-connected with all levels of your practice and how you can use this in your daily lives.

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With Lynne Knight: 19th – 22nd November

The teachings known as The Four Limitless (or Immeasurable) Thoughts are a time honoured way of developing Love and Compassion, and also the qualities of Impartiality (or Equanimity) and Joy. In this course we begin our explorations of these trainings, giving us the tools to step in the direction of being truly of benefit to ourselves and our families, and an offering to the world.

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With Wendy Ridley: 26th – 28th November

Level 2 expands your exploration of the Guidelines, introducing their shadow side.  There is an emphasis on motivation, loving kindness meditation, the role of mirror neurons and other neuroscience research in order to better understand your own shadow. You’ll explore the interplay between your mind and body and develop skills that help you lead a happier life while helping others to thrive.

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