New Year Retreat 2022/23

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.

Retreat information

Holding to nothing whatever…

“So know that the Bodhisattva, holding to nothing whatever but dwelling in prajña wisdom, is freed of delusive hinderance, rid of the fear bred by it, and reaches clearest Nirvana”

Life can be busy, but our mind doesn’t have to be. On this end-of-year retreat we will give ourselves the gift of stillness in which to reflect on what holds us back and what is truly helpful. By paying close attention to our moment by moment experience we come to recognize the beauty and spaciousness of the present, just as it is – free from thoughts of the past or future – and in doing so, we discover who we really are.

We will practice sitting meditation as well as walking meditation, daily puja, and periods of silence.  There will also be opportunities to discuss your meditation experience in personal meditation reviews.


Retreat numbers

We have returned our retreats to their normal capacities in 2022 and will be taking bookings on that basis. However, should we need to reduce numbers because of future changes to government Covid guidelines, those who have booked first on each retreat will retain their places, whilst others will be contacted and given the options of a full refund, to transfer your money to another retreat, or perhaps to consider offering their fee, or part of it as a donation.

Covid-secure requirements

In addition to the confirmation email you will receive at the time of your booking, you will also be sent joining instructions about your stay at Rivendell. 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

Unfortunately Rivendell is unable to offer concessionary rates in 2022, as we are still in a very difficult financial situation as a result of closing for a year and a half due to the pandemic (2020/2021). However, please consider writing to our office team via if you really are in need of some financial assistance to help enable you to come on retreat here.

Cancellation policy

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 will be possible. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable in all *circumstances. 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. A refund will still be on the basis that we can the fill your space.

*However, if Rivendell has to cancel your retreat due to further Covid restrictions, then you will be given the option of a full refund, to transfer your money to another retreat, or perhaps to consider offering your fee, or part of it as a donation.

Retreat Leaders: 
Maitrivajra & Vidyadhara
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2022 to Monday, January 2, 2023

Prices for this event are: £320

Selected Price: 

This event is no longer open for bookings