Fri 10 Nov - Fri 17 Nov
Going for Refuge retreat for women+
The first pan-London Going for Refuge retreat for women+, in collaboration with Tiratanaloka. Our inaugural retreat led by Suryagupta of the London Buddhist Centre and Karunadhi, Chair of Tiratnaloka with a team of private preceptors and mitra convenors.
This retreat is only for mitras who are training for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order.
Who runs the retreats?
Our retreats are run by experienced teachers who set the programme and guide the retreat. They are supported by a team who look after the practical aspects of the retreat and the cooking. Everyone on the team, including the retreat leaders, is a volunteer, offering the retreat out of a desire to share the benefits of being on retreat with others. The team helps create a harmonious community atmosphere that others can join in with.
Our retreats are known for being friendly, good natured and enjoyable. They also involve living communally, which is an important aspect of being on retreat. We ask retreatants to cooperate with one another – including in some simple chores that help keep the retreat running – and to refrain from harsh speech or anti-social behaviour. Simply turning up to events on time and engaging wholeheartedly with the practices has an inspiring and supportive effect on others.
Food & Accommodation
Our retreats cater for up to 60 people. Most accommodation is in shared single-sex rooms. We require couples to stay in separate rooms from one another. If you are part of a single sex couple and you are both on the retreat please let us know so we can allocate you to separate rooms. If you have a strong reason to ask for a single room, let us know early and we’ll do what we can – however please bear in mind that this is frequently not possible to arrange. There are three freshly prepared communal meals a day. All food is vegan. If you have dietary restrictions many of these can be accommodated if you let us know in advance. Drinks are available, self-service, at all times.
Book a place
If financial constraints prevent you from booking a retreat, please see our help to get on retreat page.
If there are no places left, click on the button below to express your interest
How to get there
BOOK RETURN COACH FROM LBC
We provide an optional return coach from the LBC to Vajrasana, which you can add for an extra £50 when you book.
Alternatively you can read about other ways to get to Vajrasana below.
Travel by Train
Regular trains run from London Liverpool Street to Stowmarket station. If you are travelling from outside of London, it may be more convenient to get a train into Thetford or Bury St Edmunds. You will then need to get a taxi from the station to Vajrasana. (Please note that although Elmswell is the nearest station, it has no bus link to Vajrasana and taxis will have to come from one of the bigger towns)
Please note that locals may know the site as ‘Potash Farm’, not ‘Vajrasana’. Please also help us keep good relationships with the cab companies by getting the taxi you booked rather than the first to come along!
There is Stowmarket Taxis, costing £20-25: 01449 677 777 (they have a taxi office at Stowmarket station.)
Or alternatively, Gold Star Taxis: 01449 676 767.
Elmswell is the nearest station, about 4.5 miles from Vajrasana, but it is not easy to get a taxi from here. Call one of the above Stowmarket companies well in advance and don’t get off the train here unless you have a taxi pre-booked.
Taxis from Thetford cost £15-20.
21st Century Taxi Co.: 01842 764 576
A2B Taxis: 01842 755 222
Bury St Edmunds
A1 Cars: 01284 766 777
You could get a National Express Coach from Victoria Coach Station or the coach stop in Stratford to Bury St Edmunds. From there you would need to get a taxi.
Have a question regarding the event?
Use the form below and we will respond to you as soon as possible. Alternatively contact 020 8981 1225