The Winter Retreat 2023
When it comes to the darkest time of the year, we’ve all got a choice. Do we want to repeat the same rituals, and spin the Christmas record round one more time? Or do we want to do something different and embark on a quest to unlock meaning and potential?
On the winter retreat, we will use the Buddha’s insights to delve into the deepest questions of our life. Through meditation, reflection, ritual, and living in harmony with others we will move closer to that ultimate potential. We will embark on the Noble Quest.
Perfect for newcomers or those in their first two years of practice (if you’ve been practicing for longer, please get in touch with us before booking). Meditation will be taught from scratch, so beginners are very welcome. There will be periods of silence which build up gradually over the days to help us cultivate inner stillness. You can join in optional yoga sessions, and enjoy your free time as you choose -- perhaps in the beautiful surrounding countryside.
We’d recommend you come for ten days for the full experience, or, you’re welcome to come for the first five days over Christmas or the second five over New Years Eve. For those on retreat for ten days, there will be a special retreat day for you when the changeover of retreatants occurs.
For many people, this retreat has been meaningful, restoring, and given valuable perspective on their lives -- so do join in. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Bookings Manager (email@example.com) or Dayanatha (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to seeing you on the retreat!
Please note: This retreat will be at Adhisthana in the Herefordshire countryside. This site is the home of our Triratna Buddhist movement, and where the founder, Bhante Sangharakshita, spent his last days and is buried. To find out more, visit: www.sangharakshita.org
A Buddhist retreat is a chance to escape the noise and complexity of modern life and deepen your experience of yourself and of the world around you. It’s not a holiday or a spa, however most people come away refreshed and inspired.
Retreat life is simple, with a daily programme to follow. There will be periods of meditation, talks on aspects of Buddhism and simple rituals as well as free time for rest and walks in the countryside. As the retreat progresses there will be more meditation and longer periods of silence to allow for reflection. On most retreats there will also be small groups led by a team member in which you can discuss your experience of the retreat. Our retreats are known for being friendly, inspiring and enjoyable.
Living communally is an important aspect of being on retreat and you’ll be sharing rooms and meals with others, as well as practising together in the shrine room. It’s often a surprise just how warm the atmosphere of communal life can become on retreat and how supportive it can be for individual practice.
The Winter Retreat at Adhisthana caters for up to 130 people, with most accommodation in shared single-sex bedrooms. We require couples to stay in separate rooms from one another so do let us know when you book if you’re coming with a partner.
We serve three tasty vegan meals a day. If you have dietary restrictions many of these can be accommodated if you let us know when you book. Toast, biscuits, fruit and hot drinks are available via self service at any point on retreat.
What people say
Great location (less than 5 min walk from Baker St station), and spotless studio apartment with all the facilities you could ask for! Will gladly stay here again.
Great apartment centrally located-everything was easily accessible with the underground close by. There are many cute shops and restaurants in the area.
The apartment is very great, excellent location, and have everything that we need. Beatrix is a very nice host, and thoughtful.
For all retreats we provide an optional return coach from the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green, which you can add for £50 when you book.
Alternatively you can read about other ways to get to Adhisthana below.
Travel by Car
Travel by Train
Walk from the Station
We will ask you to turn off all electronic devices and not contact anyone outside the retreat
We will provide a number which you can give to anybody who might need to contact you in an emergency
No alcohol or recreational drugs are allowed
We will ask that you don’t bring news media with you or work to do
Smoking and vaping is allowed only in designated places
We will provide further information when you book, including a list of the things that we suggest you bring with you
The London Buddhist Centre is at the heart of a varied and vibrant community of Buddhist practitioners in East London.
We teach Buddhism and meditation in a way which is relevant to contemporary life.
We host regular classes and courses at our centre in Bethnal Green as well as retreats at Vajrasana in rural Suffolk.
See our full schedule.