Fri 24 Nov - Sun 26 Nov

Buddhism & Meditation Weekend

Fri
1 Mar
-
Sun
3 Mar

People of Colour Weekend

This retreat is suitable for all people of African, Asian, Caribbean and mixed heritage, whether you’re new to meditation and Buddhism or have been practising for some time.

A weekend for People of Colour to come together, meditate, and be inspired by the Buddha’s teaching. These are special opportunities to connect with others, with space for discussion and reflection on Buddhist teachings.

  • Learn or deepen two meditation practices: the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana
  • Get an introduction to the Buddhist vision  
  • Experience Buddhist ritual 
  • Enjoy periods of silence, as well as free time for walks, exercise, or rest
  • Be part of a retreat community for the weekend

Led by

Bodhilila

Nandaraja

Who runs the retreats?

Our retreats are led by experienced Buddhist practitioners who set the programme and guide the retreat. They are supported by a team who are responsible for the practical aspects of the retreat and the cooking. Everyone on the team, including the retreat leaders, is a volunteer who is on the retreat themselves and contributing practically 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.
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Life on Retreat

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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.

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Accommodation & Food

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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.

Our retreats are usually for up to 60 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.

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.

Our retreats are usually for up to 60 people, with most accommodation in shared 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.

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.

Our retreats are usually for up to 60 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.

On yoga retreats we serve a freshly prepared vegan brunch and dinner as well as an afternoon snack. 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.

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Starts
Fri
1 Mar
|
19:00
Ends
Sun
3 Mar
|
15:00
£244 full | £122 conc
Optional £50 return coach from LBC
Starts:
Fri
1 Mar
|
19:00
Ends:
Sun
3 Mar
|
15:00
Price:
£244 full | £122 conc
Optional:
£50 return coach
Email families@lbc.org.uk if interested
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What people say

Anwar
June 2019

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.

Holly
June 2019

Great apartment centrally located-everything was easily accessible with the underground close by. There are many cute shops and restaurants in the area.

Tamille
February 2022 · Last minute trip

The apartment is very great, excellent location, and have everything that we need. Beatrix is a very nice host, and thoughtful.

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How to get there

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 Vajrasana below.

Travel by Car

Vajrasana has car parking facilities which can be used for the duration of a retreat. Please note that we do not have electric vehicle charging stations on site.

AddressVajrasana Retreat Centre, Walsham le Willows, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 3AR United Kingdom

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)

Taxi options

We recommend booking taxis with plenty of advance notice as there is often limited availability.

Address: Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Walsham le Willows, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 3AR United Kingdom

Stowmarket
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
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.

Thetford
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

Travel by National Express Coach

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.
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Things to know

Practical Information

Practical Information

Starts:
Fri
1 Mar
|
19:00
(Coach departs LBC at
17:00
)
Ends:
Sun
3 Mar
|
15:00

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

Mental Wellbeing & Accessibility

Mental Wellbeing & Accessibility

Please bear in mind that all of our retreats feature extended periods of silence and the challenge of engaging with our minds, our habits and the big questions of life and death. Although it is a very supportive environment, we cannot offer any therapeutic help, so if you’re currently experiencing mental health difficulties, grief or any other strong or upsetting states of mind, please consider if a retreat is right for you at present and whether there are other supports you need in your life. If you’re unsure, please email or call us directly before booking.

Vajrasana caters for most accessibility requirements, with disabled access rooms which can be allocated upon request. If you have any particular access needs for a retreat please read more information below and feel free to get in touch to discuss how we can accommodate you.

Payment & Cancellations

Payment & Cancellations

If money prevents you from booking on a retreat then we’d like to try and help. There are a number of ways we might do that including a bursary fund. 

Our retreats are not refundable or transferable. If you cancel your retreat place more than a month in advance, then the amount paid minus a £100 cancellation fee will be returned to you.

If money prevents you from booking on a retreat then we’d like to try and help. There are a number of ways we might do that including a bursary fund. 

Our retreats are not refundable or transferable. If you cancel your retreat place more than a month in advance, then the amount paid minus a £50 cancellation fee will be returned to you.

If money prevents you from booking on a retreat then we’d like to try and help. There are a number of ways we might do that including a bursary fund. 

Our retreats are not refundable or transferable. If you cancel your retreat place more than a month in advance, then the amount paid minus a £50 cancellation fee will be returned to you.

About the London Buddhist Centre

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.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions about our retreats, you can email bookings@lbc.org.uk or call us on 02087099978 (10am-5pm weekdays).

Email families@lbc.org.uk if interested
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