Gravity and Grace - Myth, Magic, Movement and Meditation

This retreat is 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, Triratna Buddhist devotional practice and ritual (puja), be comfortable with extended periods of sitting meditation and the possibility on some retreats of periods spent in silence.

For Dharma practice to truly flourish in our lives it needs to be rooted in our actual lived experience. We also need the sense of inspiration, uplift, perspective and possibility that the imagination can give us. These could poetically be termed 'gravity' and 'grace'.  So, how do we unite these sometimes seemingly contradictory forces?  

On this retreat we will explore the combination of wise awareness of the body through meditation and gentle body work coupled with images, stories and creativity.  We will also over the course of the retreat create a community of practice and share our own experience and learn from, and support others, in a group context.  In this way, we can create a holistic environment where all aspects of our lives can become open to the transformational potential of the Dharma. A place of both grounded awareness and inspiration. With meditation, gentle body work, stories, group discussion, creativity and ritual.

Mandarava is an artist, storyteller and qualified 'Somatic Experiencing' practitioner. She has led retreats for many years and has a gift for creating inspiring rituals that connect participants to their own depths and inspiration.

Satyamati has been a yoga instructor for over 30 years and regularly leads retreats. She has an engaging, playful and warm style of encouraging everyone to more fully inhabit their bodies, whatever their particular individual needs or abilities are.

Nagasiddhi regularly leads and supports retreats at Rivendell and is also an artist. He is known for the sense of humour and creativity he brings to his dharma teaching. In particular, he helps others make connections between the Dharma and their own lives by using stories and images from the 'western' tradition. His own artwork can be viewed at

Covid-secure requirements

We still have some Covid related requirements that we believe helps to ensure that Rivendell is a safer environment (such as asking each retreatant to take a lateral flow test and letting the office know the result before travelling to Rivendell), and we will only accept bookings on the basis that those who attend our retreats abide by the requirements of our Covid risk assessment.

We want those that come to Rivendell to be confident that we are making their stay here as safe as possible.

Concession information

Rivendell has reintroduced its concessionary rate for all retreats, however we are still in a very difficult financial situation so please can we ask that you only use this rate if essential. Please do also consider writing to our office team via if you really are in need of further financial assistance to help enable you to come on retreat here.

Cancellation policy

All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable in all circumstances. If you wish to cancel your place on a retreat, we require a minimum notice of 4 calendar weeks before a retreat is due to take place, in order that a refund (not deposit) will be possible. If you cancel and we can't replace you, you will be required to pay half the total cost of the retreat. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel, as there may be other people waiting for a place on the retreat to become available. Any refund will still be on the basis that we can the fill your space.

Retreat Leaders: 
Nagasiddhi, Mandarava and Satyamati
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Date: Friday, May 12, 2023 to Friday, May 19, 2023

Prices for this event are: £389 - £366 (Conc)

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