Date: 16th – 22nd November

Retreat Leader: Paula Chichester

Requirements: Open to those with a six session guru yoga practice commitment.

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

Format: Onsite and Online (hybrid)

Start and Finish times: A schedule will be released closer to the time.

Accommodation: Accommodation: Land of Joy wishes for everyone who visits the centre to feel welcome, accepted, safe and secure. Our accommodation options are very limited, with mostly single sex shared accommodation and only one single room (which is sometimes needed by volunteers). This means single accommodation can only be offered to those who need it the most, but still won’t always be available. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Please read the relevant sections of the booking form carefully.

About the Retreat

Six Session Guru Yoga was written by Kyabje Pabonka Rinpoche in the early 20th Century. Since that time, it has become a standard commitment in the Gelug Sect as a daily recitation/meditation after one has taken a highest yoga tantra empowerment. Guru Yoga is said to be the heart of Tibetan Buddhist Practice. In this long weekend, we will practice all three versions of the Six Session and explore the commentary, the vows and learn how “to do it” so it works for us. How can this guru yoga heal our mind/body/spirit and deepen our understanding and experience of enlightenment?—all within the context of the great wish to free all beings from confusion and sorrow and create a world of altruistic joy.

The course is open to those who have the six session commitment. Please bring your copies of the long, medium and short six session guru yoga either on paper or on your tablet. We will follow the usual format of four sessions a day, a discussion and energy moving exercises (variations on chi gong).

A message from Paula: I took my first six session guru yoga commitment from Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1981 during a month-long Mahamudra course where we did the practice at least 4 times a day. By the end of the month, the long version was memorised effortlessly and has been a favourite meditation ever since then.

About the Teacher

Paula began her studies of Buddhism when she was 14 at Berkeley High School in California where she realized liberating delusion was key to healing our planet and its inhabitants. The focus on systems theory and ecology at university prepared her to apply the whole body/mind/culture/ environment to this ancient contemplative discipline of human transformation.

As a dancer, healer, singer, student of psychology and ecology, she brings all these elements into the understanding of the whole person and how tantra works in this greater context – while preserving the classical format of Lama Tsong Khapa’s ear-whispered lineage.

Inspired by the example of the meditators in Dharamsala and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, she devoted the last 34 years to following the guidance those she calls her awesome, amazing teachers, primarily Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche and Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche. — which included 24 years preparing for and completing long retreats — 2 of which were 4 year solitary great maha-anuttara yoga retreats.

She studies with teachers from all 4 schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Her goal in life has been steady since childhood: to realize Mahamudra and do all she can to bring peace and environmental justice to our world.

Find out more about Paula and many other materials and resources which can support you in your practice on her website:

A Way to Say Thank You

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Thank you and may you be happy.