Wolf at the Door - Entering the Mandala (Long Weekend)

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.

Wolf at the Door offers a friendly and nurturing way of exploring the imagination through writing, with the help of a little meditation and, sometimes, ritual. No writing experience is necessary, just a willingness to step through a door into new creative spaces, accompanied by experienced guides.

A Mandala is a traditional symbol, and as with most symbols its meaning is mysterious. Mandalas can be an attempt to represent how the energies of waking up to reality arrange themselves around, and relate to, a central symbol of ultimate significance. Our own personal mandalas may represent our primary values and how our lives and practice express these. We traditionally enter through a gate, where we may even meet the gatekeeper... so prepare to meet and greet your questioning of your desire to write, or your critical editor!

Join us as - both individually and together - we explore and journey through our personal mandalas using pen, paper and the imagination. A variety of exercises will provide jumping-off points - whether through our own writing, reading other writers, or listening deeply to each other's work. There will be meditation, ritual, and free time to relax and reflect. Oh, and not a few surprises along the way!

The retreat is suitable for all, regardless of writing experience, but you must be familiar with both basic meditation practices taught in Triratna (The Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana) and have participated in Buddhist Ritual. 

Covid-secure requirements

We are no longer asking each retreatant to take a lateral flow test before travelling to Rivendell, but we are asking that they bring a test with them in case they fall ill whilst here.

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 a concessionary rate available for most of its retreats. If you are in need of further financial assistance to help enable you to come on retreat here, please do consider writing to our office team via bookings@rivendellretreatcentre.com explaining your circumstances.

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 the 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: 
Dharmavadana, Vishvantara and Padmacandra
Single Room Availability: 
Sorry, but the single room is not available on this retreat now
Date: Friday, May 3, 2024 to Monday, May 6, 2024

Prices for this event are: £279 - £249 (Conc)

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