Details:

Date: 11th – 19th June

Retreat Leader: Andy Wistreich

Requirements: Open to anyone who has received the Kalachakra initiation.

Cost: Generosity ModelDonation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no suggested amount).

Format: 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.

Start and Finish times: The retreat will begin at 7pm on the 11th June and finish at 12:30pm on the 19th June. People are welcome to arrive the day before and leave the day after if staying onsite.

Accommodation: Shared and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

About the Retreat

This retreat will be an Instruction and practice on how to do the Kalachakra Mind Mandala nearing retreat, including the preliminary rituals and fire puja

The Kalachakra mind mandala is a most profound and powerful practice of self-transformation and benefit to the world. Not only is one’s path to enlightenment enhanced, but the effort of doing the retreat helps to strengthen the energies that harmonise the inner and outer elements, thus contributing to environmental and social wellbeing.

Anyone who has received the Kalachakra empowerment and who has enthusiasm for the practice is highly recommended to practise the mind mandala nearing retreat.

Friday to Thursday of this retreat will include two daily practices of the Kalachakra mind mandala sadhana together with instruction on how to do it, including how to do the nearing retreat. On Saturday 12th there will be instruction and practice on the preliminary rituals for the mind mandala nearing retreat, starting at 3.00pm. On Friday 18th there will be a day of preparation for the burnt offering ritual (fire puja) of the Kalachakra mind mandala and on Saturday 19th there will be the practice of the burnt offering ritual, which takes around eight hours to perform.

Thus, the retreat will be an opportunity to learn the entire process and practice for doing the Kalachakra mind mandala nearing retreat on one’s own or with a self-organising group. The retreat will enable anyone who has completed the mantra count and since then practised the sadhana daily, to complete the nearing retreat through participation in the burnt offering ritual. Moreover, those who have already completed the mind mandala nearing retreat are invited to join us, sharing their knowledge and experience and participating in the rituals.

About the Teacher

Andy has been practising, studying and teaching Kalachakra for almost forty years. He has completed many Kalachakra nearing retreats, including leading the Kalachakra mind mandala nearing retreat twice. He learned the practice principally from Jhado Rinpoche and Alex Berzin and practised the sadhana daily for twenty years. Andy is a registered FPMT teacher including as a leader of Kalachakra retreats.

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