Meditations for Artists (designers, poets and philosophers)

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.

"Artists and meditators have the same longing, to open their minds to new perspectives."

The title of this retreat is a nod to Leonard Koren’s book, Wabi-sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers. It’s a retreat for people who value creativity, in whatever form it takes. The opposite of being creative is to be stuck in a habitual rut. If you’re tired of always doing the same things and expecting to get new results, this retreat is for you.

During the retreat, we’ll explore 4 themes in art and meditation; 
Naked awareness / The creative mind / Coaxing beauty out of ordinariness / Stepping into the unknown

The retreat will be primarily about reflecting on the creative process, rather than a time for making large-scale art. Though we invite you to bring your own (small scale) materials, pens, pencils, needles, thread, cameras, etc. We’ll be meditating, reflecting and discussing how we can open ourselves to new, more creative perspectives on life. Allowing our Dharma practice to influence our art and vice versa. 

For more information on Vajradarshini: https://www.redladderstudio.com/

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 bookings@rivendellretreatcentre.com 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: 
Vajradarshini
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Date: Friday, October 13, 2023 to Friday, October 20, 2023

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

Selected Price: 
£389.00