Universal Weekends

These courses do not use buddhist terminology or philosophical ideas, instead focusing on non-religious tools which can help develop happiness, kindness, compassion and more in your everyday life. You therefore do not need to be Buddhist or interested in Buddhism to attend.

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.

Please be aware retreats might be cancelled up to two weeks prior to the event due to lack of numbers or other reasons so please keep this in mind when booking transport.

With Lynne Knight: 26th-28th February – this will be offered as an online course

Compassion can be both empowering and healing for us and those around us if embraced in an open-hearted and genuine way. The habit of putting ourselves down can be so deeply ingrained that we don’t even realise we’re doing it. Perhaps we can’t truly imagine how different life could be if we were able to truly embrace and accept who we are while feeling worthy of being free from difficulty.

This weekend will introduce and explore the importance of cultivating self-compassion, a profound acceptance of ourselves as we are, as well as how this can enable us to cultivate the genuine wish to help others in whatever way possible.

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With Lou Beaumont: 10th – 11th April

Over years of practise Lou has seen for herself what a support to meditation working with prana/chi energy is and she would like to share this with you.

Through gentle movement we can release the tensions of the body allowing the mind to expand and easily relax into meditation making sitting on our cushion a much more profound and also more comfortable experience!

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With Pauline Barber & Lou Beaumont: 22nd – 27th April

We will use the Chenresig sadhana, which is perfect for learning the foundations of Buddhist practice, discussion, breathing exercises and simple chi gong movement to connect with the subtle energies in our bodies, so that we can begin to experience the sadhana at its deepest level. It is here that we truly connect with Tantric practice to train the mind with joy and ease and where its power can be harnessed for transformation.

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With Shan Tate: 5th & 6th June

Inner happiness is possible when we change our perspective and appreciate how our past experiences affect our lives today. We can be free from limiting concepts and empowered to live with a more open, honest and joyful mind.

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.

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With Max Gillespie: 5th – 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 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: 27th – 28th November

In a relaxed, enjoyable and supportive environment you will learn practical daily exercises that will help you nurture your positive qualities, transform your everyday relationships, and reverberate in the world around you.

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