Awakening the Imagination

Awakening the Imagination

These retreats are suitable for those who have a regular meditation practice and who regularly attend retreats, a centre or a group within the context of the Triratna Buddhist Community. You will also need to be familiar with, and happy to participate in, Buddhist devotional practice and ritual (puja) and be comfortable with periods of silence.

2018

Gravity & Grace – Exploring Mindfulness & the Imagination

With Vidyamala, Padmadarshini & nagasiddhi

October 12-19 | £350/320

Vidyamala, Padmadarshini and nagasiddhi are excited to be joining forces again this year. Combining their passion for mindfulness, body work, love, myth and ritual, they will invite you on a journey that plunges into the paradox of being human: the falling quality of gravity and the lightness of grace; the beauty of both darkness and light; a diving into the depths where luminosity resides. The retreat will be an immersive experience involving the body, heart and mind along with all the senses, creativity and courage. Together we can come to rest in the truth in all its vivid magnificence and wonder.

Vidyamala founded Breathworks which has now spread internationally with trainers in over 25 countries teaching many different aspects of mindfulness. She has written three books: Living Well with Pain and Illness, Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Women. More details: breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk. Padmadarshini is a yoga teacher and has trained as a Somatic Movement therapist and educator with the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy. nagasiddhi has lived at Rivendell for 10 years where he regularly leads and supports retreats. nagasiddhi is also an artist his own art work can be viewed at nagasiddhi.com

Exploring Myth

With Atula, Mandarava, nagasiddhi & Nagamudra

November 9-16 | £350/320

'We cannot see the world except through some perspective or imaginative framework - in short, some myth. Indeed, the world we see is the myth we are in.” – Patrick Harpur

This retreat will be an exploration of the psyche’s quest for wholeness through the exploration of a myth or fairy tale. A journey through both collective and personal experience using story, images, symbols and dreams. Includes discussion, meditation and ritual.

Atula has been ordained for 40 years and is an experienced therapist and retreat leader who has a gift for using myth and symbol to take us into the depths of our being. Mandarava is an artist, puppet maker and story teller. Nagamudra is a story teller and dramatherapist. For more details of Mandarava’s work: bluebirdpuppets.com

2019

The Life of Objects – Fall in Love with Life Agai

With Vajradarshini

February 15-22 | £355/325

“Picking violets by the side of the road, I forgot my begging bowl. How sad you must be, my poor little bowl.” — Ryokan

A Retreat on the Art of Perception. When we realise how much the world we live in is influenced by mind, we also discover that we can choose the kind of world we want to live in. What we experience is not the ‘thing out there’ but our own perception; our relationship with things is suddenly changed. The teapot and the bowl are no longer separate from us, but intimately connected to us, even a part of us. Go from consuming too much to cherishing everything. Bringing deep dharma teachings together, with meditation, silence, poetry, images, film, music and the world of things around us.

Vajradarshini started practising Buddhism in 1988 and since 1997 has been teaching and leading retreats. She recently started ‘Red Ladder Studio’ as a way to focus on the connection between art and dharma, between meditation and creativity. More details: www.redladderstudio.com

The Heart’s Release - Women’s Wee

With Mandarava & Sinhacandra

April 12-18 (6 Nights) | £315/285

“We have not come into this exquisite world to hold ourselves hostage from love ... or to confine our wondrous spirits, but to experience ever and ever more deeply our divine courage, freedom and light." - Hafiz

Through the doorway of the imagination we will journey into and explore the mysterious realm of ‘the heart’. Our guides will be ancient stories, myth, poetry and image. Once fully dwelling in and at home in the heart, we will set free what needs to fly, tenderly hold what needs to be held and create that which needs to come into being, to experience freedom in all its fullness. With time to reflect, create, share our experiences and dwell together in the sacred space of ritual and meditation.

Please note: This retreat runs Friday pm to Thursday am.

Mandarava is a storyteller and puppet maker known for inspiring creativity in others and creating an atmosphere of magical depth. She will be joined by Sinhacandra, also known for her creativity, playfulness and the depth and accessibility of her Dharma teaching. They have been close friends now for over 25 years.

Writing on the Way – Writing & Walking Long Weeken

With Subhadassi

May 24–27 (Bank Holiday Weekend) | £215/195

“In the course of a walk, we usually find out something about our companion, and this is true even when we travel alone”. - Thomas A. Clark

On this retreat we will meditate, walk and write, to create mindful and reflective spaces in which we can deepen our dharma practice, to ‘map realities’. Writing and walking can both help us to stand firm in what and where we currently are in our lives. At the same time, they can help us to steer towards a truer direction; to carry less baggage; to let go. We will meditate, walk, write. We will cook, eat, sleep. We will shift, grow, open. With meditation, ritual, group writing sessions and a mindful two-hour group walk each day.

Subhadassi is a retreat leader and writer with more than two decades’ experience of leading retreats and running writing workshops. He is currently chair of Brighton Buddhist Centre. More details: subhadassi.com

Gravity & Grace – Exploring Mindfulness & the Imaginatio

With Vidyamala, Padmadarshini & Nagasiddhi

April 26-May 03 | £355/325

Vidyamala, Padmadarshini and Nagasiddhi will again be combining their passion for mindfulness, body work, love, myth and ritual, they will invite you on a journey that plunges into the paradox of being human: the falling quality of gravity and the lightness of grace; the beauty of both darkness and light; a diving into the depths where luminosity resides. The retreat will be an immersive experience involving the body, heart and mind along with all the senses, creativity and courage. Together we can come to rest in the truth in all its vivid magnificence and wonder.

Vidyamala founded Breathworks which has now spread internationally with trainers in over 25 countries teaching many different aspects of mindfulness. She has written three books: Living Well with Pain and Illness, Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Women. More details: breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk. Padmadarshini is a yoga teacher and has trained as a Somatic Movement therapist and educator with the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy. Nagasiddhi regularly leads and supports retreats at Rivendell. Nagasiddhi is also an artist his own art work can be viewed at nagasiddhi.com

Earth, Body & Breath – Movement & Meditation

With Padmadarshini & Inalu Antoli

June 21-28 | £355/325

Creating a space for expression, movement, spontaneity and playfulness. Engaging our capacity for sensing, for listening deeply to the body’s wisdom, finding our own dance and developing an embodied consciousness. We will use meditation, Authentic Movement, guided and improvised movement sessions and hands-on bodywork. Each day we will explore through Authentic Movement, how the body can be a 'doorway' into listening to ourselves and take us into a deeper, more open and easeful relationship to our experience. There will be guided and improvised movement explorations; for example, how is it to feel ourselves made of the earth, to inhabit and breathe our bones and find the movements, stories and images they hold. Our explorations over the week will include movement, stillness, dance, dialogue, drawing, writing stories and poetry. With meditation, ritual and periods of silence. No previous experience of movement or bodywork is needed.

Padmadarshini is a yoga teacher and has trained as a Somatic Movement therapist and educator with the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy. As part of this she is also exploring the practice of Authentic Movement. Inalu Antoli is also a teacher of yoga and creative movement. . She has practiced contemporary dance, Sensitive Dance, Butoh and Contact Improvisation and teaches regularly on retreats in the UK and Spain.

Rites of Passage - Archetypal Symbolism in the Life of the Buddha

With Mandarava & Nagasiddhi

July 05–12 | £355/325

Vidyamala, Padmadarshini and Nagasiddhi will again be combining their passion for mindfulness, body work, love, myth and ritual, they will invite you on a journey that plunges into the paradox of being human: the falling quality of gravity and the lightness of grace; the beauty of both darkness and light; a diving into the depths where luminosity resides. The retreat will be an immersive experience involving the body, heart and mind along with all the senses, creativity and courage. Together we can come to rest in the truth in all its vivid magnificence and wonder.

Vidyamala founded Breathworks which has now spread internationally with trainers in over 25 countries teaching many different aspects of mindfulness. She has written three books: Living Well with Pain and Illness, Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Women. More details: breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk. Padmadarshini is a yoga teacher and has trained as a Somatic Movement therapist and educator with the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy. Nagasiddhi regularly leads and supports retreats at Rivendell. Nagasiddhi is also an artist his own art work can be viewed at nagasiddhi.com

Exploring Myth

With Atula, Mandarava, Nagasiddhi & Nagamudra

November 08-15 | £355/325

“Myths are things which never happened but always are”- Sallust

This retreat will be an exploration of the psyche’s quest for wholeness through the exploration of a myth or fairy tale. A journey through both collective and personal experience using story, images, symbols and dreams. Includes discussion, meditation and ritual.

Atula has been ordained for 40 years and is an experienced therapist and retreat leader who has a gift for using myth and symbol to take us into the depths of our being. Mandarava is an artist, puppet maker and story teller. Nagamudra is a story teller and dramatherapist. For more details of Mandarava’s work: bluebirdpuppets.com

Awakening the Imagination Retreats

see also:

Our Meditation and Dharma weeks and the week long retreats over Christmas and New Year.

Awakening the Imagination Retreats

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