This retreat is suitable for those new to meditation and Buddhism as practised within the Triratna Buddhist Community.
Please note: These retreats are suitable for those who already regularly practice yoga and are not suitable for complete yoga beginners. They are suitable for anyone who would like to explore an introductory retreat, or who has been attending their local Triratna centre and wants to take things deeper.
These retreats offer the opportunity to combine the practice of yoga with the added depth of awareness that meditation creates. All our yoga teachers are practicing Buddhists who aim to integrate yoga into an overall context of the Buddha’s teaching. An introduction to Buddhist meditation will be taught on the retreat, The Meditation and Yoga taught will emphasise a body-based approach.
The retreat will have two comprehensive sessions of yoga each day, one in the morning which will begin with a gentle sequence to mobilise our key joints. Stimulating all tissues and fluids within the joints, promoting energy flow. We will also explore some flowing sequences. This is a beautiful flowing practice that focuses on the linear alignment that we find in classical yoga while opening to spiral movements found within nature. We will explore how to find safe alignment and ease in our body while building strength and vitality through this flowing style approach.
In the afternoon we will explore a Restorative style practice, focusing on more stilling meditative practices, this approach focuses on more feminine qualities through longer, passive held postures with a use of supportive yoga props, such as bolsters, blankets etc. This restorative practice aims to relax our musculature, stimulating also our subtle energy systems within the body.
During these sessions we will also have an opportunity to explore restorative yoga postures that can help soothe our nervous systems. Restorative yoga is a perfect balance to a more active practice, and can have a deeply relaxing effect and offer deep peace within the stresses of a busy life. In this appropriately balanced combination, we experience the whole being greater than the parts, offering a practice that addresses our needs more fully on and off our yoga mat.
There will also be opportunities throughout the retreat to explore in greater depth, Buddhist teaching, devotional practice, chanting and periods of silence, pranayama, yoga nidra, small group
discussion and quiet time to relax and reflect.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org explaining your circumstances.
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.
Prices for this event are: £279 - £249 (Conc)