order retreats 2020

Seeing As It Actually Is, with Proper Wisdom
21st September to 12th October 2020

A 3-week Order meditation retreat in 2020, co-led by Maitreyi and Padmasuri.

The Six Element and Sadhana retreat is the outcome of a long-standing wish to take these Insight practices deeper in the supremely conducive elemental environment of Akasavana. Both Padmasuri and
Maitreyi have led the Six Element practice often on ordination retreats and elsewhere and want to devote a longer period to explore the depths to which the practice can take us; with the loosening of self clinging and an opening to something far more vast and mysterious out of which the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of our sadhana practices can emerge.
We will be introducing different ways of approaching the practice, including some initial study of the Dhatu-Vibhanga sutta, in which the Buddha teaches Pukkusati, to reflect on earth, water, fire, air, space and consciousness, “both internal and external, as it actually is, with proper wisdom,” so that we can bring clear view to our sitting practice. We’ll also be engaging with the mystery of the elements, which in the Tibetan tradition are referred to as the Maha Bhutas, ‘Great Ghosts’ or ‘Great Magical Transformations’ both in sitting practice and in the expansive environment of Akashavana. And each day turning towards the experience of the elements in our bodies and in the universe, and letting go any sense of ownership; out of which can emerge a deep sense of release, freedom and contentment.
There will be periods of full silence on the retreat, time for personal reflection, puja and devotion, options for meditation reviews, and plenty of space for exploring and relaxing into the magical realm of Akashavana and the Mandala of the Five Buddhas.
We hope that a number of Dharmacharinis, whether recently ordained or of long standing, will join us in this exploration.

Cost: €840 / concession €714


Five Year Reunion
for those ordained during the three month retreat in 2015
22nd to 31st August 2020
Cost: €465 / concession €395

Ten Year Reunion
for those ordained during the three month retreat in 2010
14th to 23rd October
Cost: €465 / concession €395


Community/work retreat
26th October to 5th November
by donation

Living and working together as a community while enjoying the wonderful retreat conditions. There will be a range of tasks to be done in a spirit of friendship and play.