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.

January

With Wendy Ridley: 28th – 30th January

This course is for people of all ages and backgrounds. It is designed for those who are curious about what shapes our experience and how we can transform our lives. The course was developed by the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW). The content is rooted in Buddhist philosophy and psychology and is supported by scientific research, Western philosophy, positive psychology, and other wisdom traditions.

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February

With Wendy Ridley: 25th – 27th February

This course is for people of all ages and backgrounds. It is designed for those who want to strengthen their inner resources which help build deep and sustainable connections and relationships. The course was developed by the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW). The content is rooted in Buddhist philosophy and psychology and is supported by scientific research, Western philosophy, positive psychology, and other wisdom traditions.

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April

With Various leaders: 15th – 19th April

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.

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July

With Lou Beaumont: 29th – 31st July

This will be a weekend course of gentle movement & breathing helping us to connect with our subtle body. Combining these movements with mindful attention we can experience quite naturally how to rest our mind in this expansive energy.

We will learn how to control the breath with simple pranayama exercises that energise the body & gently train the mind to focus within.

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September

With Lou Beaumont: 2nd – 4th September

Another chance to join us at Land of Joy for some gentle chi gong movement & pranayama breathing.

These ancient exercise systems can deeply energise our bodies they are used as a basis for mindful attention and meditation practice.

We will be focusing on bringing these exercises into our everyday experience so that we can utilise them to enhance are health and our mental well being. Very simple techniques that can be done lying down in bed, standing up at the bus stop or just watching the telly! Learning to focus the mind in the body & breath is very simple.

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October

With Shan Tate: 28th – 30th October

Self care and self compassion help us develop our inner confidence. This in turn enables us to expand our capacity to reach out to others. We naturally have more to give. At the same time, we are not neglecting or bypassing our own practice of inner development though distracting ourselves, or kidding ourselves that we don’t have our own struggles and limitations.

Presentations, discussions and meditation techniques will be used as a basis for exploring ideas and understanding how they can improve our daily lives and those around us.