Intensive Meditation Retreats

Intensive Meditation Retreats with Paramananda & Mandarava

These one or two week long retreats create the conditions for you to take meditation practice deeper. To attend these retreats you will need to have been regularly meditating for at least two years and regularly attend retreats, a centre or a group within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. You must also be comfortable with extended periods of sitting meditation, Buddhist devotional practice and spending most of the retreat in silence.

Paramananda has been teaching meditation and leading retreats for over 30 years and is author of three books on meditation: Change Your Mind, A Deeper Beauty and The Body.

2017

The Alchemical Heart – Two-Week Meditation Retreat

with Paramananda & Mandarava

September 15-29 | £635/605

This two-week-long meditation retreat will focus on the ‘heart’ as the door to love and beauty. Through meditation we will explore how restoring the heart to its traditional central place in awareness and imagination allows us to cultivate a sense of care for ourselves and the world. We will see how a meditation practice based in care helps to heal the split between ourselves and the world. Mandarava will lead ritual each evening to connect imaginatively to the heart and give expression to its longing.

The House of Belonging - Meditation Week

with Paramananda & Mandarava

December 01-08 | £340/310

In many fairy stories the principal characters, often children, have to leave home and undertake a dangerous journey in order to find their adult place in the world. In these stories the children ultimately find fulfilment but in reality many of us do not feel that we have really found our particular calling, our true place in the world. In ancient Greece it was believed that we come into the world with a 'Daimon', a kind of spiritual twin, which holds the key to our experiencing wholeness if we are able to listen to it. Carl Jung had a similar idea that the task of a fully human life is to build a relationship with the larger ‘self’ that goes beyond the small-minded desires of the ‘ego’. In this retreat we will explore how meditation and ritual might support us to realise our deeper longings to be fully part of the world.

See also Weekends page for the details of The Call of the Moon Meditation Long Weekend with Paramamanda, 23-26 June.

2018

The River Underground - Meditation Week with Paramananda & nagasiddhi

March 09-16 | £350/320

"We are ruled by powers that we pretend to understand." - Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

On this retreat we will focus on meditation practice as a means to gain access to the unseen underlying currents and forces that shape our lives. Many of us can have an experience of somehow being ‘out of touch’ with our experience in all its fullness. To counter this, through deep internal listening and the activation of the imagination, we will try to engage with what which truly moves and sustains us. By learning to abide in the heart we begin to feel the ever-changing river that runs through it and mysteriously nourishes us.

The Alchemical Heart – Two-Week Meditation Retreat with Paramananda & Mandarava

August 10-24 | £650/620

This two-week-long meditation retreat will focus on the ‘heart’ as the door to love and beauty. Through meditation we will explore how restoring the heart to its traditional central place in awareness and imagination allows us to cultivate a sense of care for ourselves and the world. We will see how a meditation practice based in care helps to heal the split between ourselves and the world. Mandarava will lead ritual each evening to connect imaginatively to the heart and give expression to its longing.

Falling into the world - Meditation Week with Paramananda & Mandarava

November 30 - December 07 | £350/320

We will encourage a sense of trust and service towards the world in which we find ourselves. Recognising that, just as the mind is embodied, the body too is inseparable from the world in which it exists. In order to trust the world, we must first trust our own imagination through which we experience in the world. To be fully present in the world, we have to learn to imagine ourselves in our individuality as an integral part of the world and as something also precious to the whole world.

Mandarava lives at Rivendell and is an artist, puppet maker and story teller, who has a particular gift for creating meaningful and engaging rituals within the context of retreats. nagasiddhi also lives at Rivendell and is an artist.

See also Weekends page for the details of New Stories for Old Hearts Meditation Long Weekend with Paramamanda, 22-25 June.

Meditation at Rivendell

see also:

Our week long retreats over Christmas and New Year and also the Awakening the Imagination retreats.

Meditation at Rivendell

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