Seeing as it actually is, with Proper Wisdom
31 May – 21 June 2021
Let’s try again! This long awaited retreat was originally scheduled for September 2020. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we are not asking for deposits at time of booking, but would ask you to make a considered commitment. If you would like to book please email the community in the first instance. We will confirm the retreat at the end of April, giving you ample time to make travel arrangements and payment.
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.
cost: €920, or €760 concessions
Once you have booked we will let you know the cost in £ sterling at the end of April.
Stupa Retreat: 25 October – 03 November 2021
Living, working and practising together as a community while building a dry stone stupa dedicated to Dhardo Rinpoche, to hold some of his ashes.
We will be led by Tracey Blackwell, a talented dry stone waller with over a decade of experience who is very excited about coming to lead this project. She has co-led a work retreat at Ambaranta’s place in Spain, repairing and rebuilding the stone terraces there. In our local area, there are various examples of dry stone wayside shrines and well-housings that have inspired our design. We have already begun collecting stone and clearing the site in preparation.
Dardho Rinpoche’s ashes have been sitting on the community shrine waiting for this vision to manifest. You can help to bring the vision into being. Join Maitreyi and the community for 10 days of hard work, meditation, ritual and relaxation in the context of spiritual friendship and fun.
We will be asking for €100 deposit to secure a place and as a donation to cover expenses. In other words there will be no need to pay more than the deposit although generosity is always welcome and to be encouraged!