Retreats


We have a rich program of events beyond our usual drop-in classes, including regular courses, retreats, festival days and other events.

Courses

Vision & Transformation

This six week course offers a lively and systematic introduction to the Buddha's Eightfold Path. Starting with an emphasis on vision, the course then progresses though the stages of transformation: emotion, imagination, speech, right livelihood, and effort and attention in meditation.

Each week we'll be focussing on a different stage of the path. Through short exercises, discussions and meditation, we will support each other to discover how these teachings can transform our daily lives.

This course is suitable for those new to Buddhism and meditation as well as those who have completed a course with us before.

Led by Maitrinara.

6 Monday evenings 7.15 - 9.30pm, starting Monday 10th June 2019.

Course held upstairs at Yoga Point, Brixton, SW2 1AP

By donation, suggested £125 waged / £95 unwaged.

Booking essential.

Meditation Toolkit: Meditate with Confidence

This course teaches you how to keep your meditation alive and effective, so that it can invigorate and enrich your daily life.

It will delve into hindrances to meditation, conditions that support our practices along with working with energy and receptivity. Expect practical instruction, lively discussion and an intensification of your practice (both on and off the cushion), with useful weekly exercises to undertake at home between sessions helping you to sustain a meditation practice with confidence.

Led by Viryanaga.

4 Monday evenings 7.15 - 9.30pm, starting Monday 5th August 2019.

Course held upstairs at Yoga Point, Brixton, SW2 1AP

£60 waged / £40 unwaged.

Booking essential.

Recommended Retreats 2019

Going on retreat offers the precious opportunity to be away from the busyness of London life, surrounded by beautiful countryside and with the benefit of guidance from experienced teachers. Whatever your level of experience it’s an invaluable way of taking your practice deeper.

Firstly, we would most recommend the Brixton Sangha Retreats. Going on retreat with people you already know and practice with can be especially conducive to deeper mental states.

However, we also get asked about other retreats that we would recommend - especially longer retreats. Below you will find a list of recommended retreats, both weekends and longer for all different levels of experience, and in a range of locations (click on the links for more information).

All of these retreats are run by Triratna Buddhist Retreat Centres and are tried and tested by members of our Brixton Sangha. The retreats highlighted in bold are those which we know some members of the Brixton Sangha are already going on, although you could well find some familiar faces on any of these retreats.

If you’d like some guidance on what might be most suitable you for the level you are at then any of the order members at our classes will be happy to help. For more details of the retreats themselves contact the retreat centres directly, or info@brixtonbuddhistmeditation.org.

Brixton Sangha Retreats

26th - 28th July: Brixton Summer Weekend Retreat at Rivendell Retreat Centre, Sussex. For Order Members, mitras and those in study groups. Invitation only, contact info@brixtonbuddhistmeditation.org if interested

24th - 26th January 2020: Brixton Weekend Retreat at Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Suffolk. Open to all - beginners and regulars.

Retreats suitable for all levels of experience

Mixed

9th - 18th August: LBC Summer Retreat at Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Suffolk.

21st - 25t October: Parent and Children’s Retreat at Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Suffolk. Open to parents, carers and children aged three and a half and upwards.

15th - 17th November: Sub25 Retreat at Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Suffolk. Open to everyone aged 16- 25.

Family-friendly outdoor events

17th - 21st July: Buddhafield Festival in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset.

22nd - 26th August: Triratna International Gathering at Adhisthana, Herefordshire.

The Triratna International Gathering retreat is coming up! Previous year's retreats have been a delight and an inspiration bringing together people from all over the Triratna world in the beautiful surrounds of Adhisthana retreat centre in Wales. Part-festival, part-retreat, this family-friendly event expresses some of the breadth, depth and diversity of the movement.

Brixton's Chair, Viryanaga, is planning to travel up with a group of people from Brixton Buddhist Community. If you'd like to be a part of this group drop us a line on info@brixtonbuddhistcommunity.org and we'll help you to co-ordinate travel arrangements.

Women

24th - 27th May: Metta: A kindly abiding at Taraloka Retreat Centre, Shropshire.

16th - 23th August: Surfing the Worldly Winds at Taraloka Retreat Centre, Shropshire.

Men

31th May - 2nd June: Men’s Great Gathering Weekend at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, Norfolk

18th - 20th October: Men’s Great Gathering Weekend at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, Norfolk

Deepening your practice and going further

Mixed

27th - 29th September: Order/Mitra Weekend at Adhisthana, Herefordshire. For Triratna Mitras and members of the Triratna Buddhist Order only.

11th - 18th October: LBC Sangha Intensive Retreat. at Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Suffolk. For those practised in both meditations and familiar with silence and puja.

22nd December - 1st January 2020: Winter Intensive Retreat at Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Suffolk. For people who have been on a Triratna retreat before, and have been meditating with us regularly for at least six months.

Women

26th July - 4th August: Women’s Intensive Meditation Retreat at Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Suffolk. For people who have been on a Triratna retreat before, and have been meditating with us regularly for at least six months.

18th - 25th October: Women’s Meditation Intensive at Taraloka Retreat Centre, Shropshire.

27th December - 3rd January 2020: Women’s Winter Retreat at Dhanakosa Retreat Centre, Scotland. For women Triratna mitras.

27th December - 3rd January 2020: New Year Retreat at Taraloka Retreat Centre, Shropshire.

Men

20th - 25th October: Bathing in the Golden Light - Men’s Open Retreat at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, Norfolk. For men familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana, and open to ritual. Retreat supported Viryanaga and Maitrinara from the Brixton sangha.

19th December - 2nd Jan 2020: Padmaloka Winter Retreat at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, Norfolk. For men training for ordination and men in the Triratna Order.

For more retreats see Going On Retreat