2021 Retreats: A Message from Sundeep
Sundeep, our Programme Manager, writes:
As we begin to tread carefully back into the world again and open up to the possibility of being alongside others, I wanted to let you know the residential and non-residential retreats we have lined up from September onwards.
Although it’s been a while since the team has had to think about in person events, let alone plan a residential retreat, it felt such a relief to be able to get in touch with people and venues to start the ball rolling. And yes it felt good to start considering the prospect of us being together again.
Of courses there is no guarantee, so please take this as provisional. However, for the time being, let’s get some of these dates in our diaries!
Play of Now Weekend Retreat – Distance and Connectedness: a dance of meeting and separation
Sat 18 – Sun 19 Sept at Manchester Buddhist Centre (non-residential)
Jayachitta has been delivering a retreat at the Centre for a few years now and some of us may be familiar with her in other contexts too. She has a straightforward approach, combining dharma themes with playfulness, movement and lightness.
Women’s Sangha Retreat – Waking up with Friends
Fri 24 – Sun 26 Sept, Dukes Barn, Derbyshire (residential)
Our annual women’s residential retreat returns after a break, with Suryaka and Karunatara inviting us to join them in the Derbyshire countryside. Together, we will co-create community, sharing meditation practice, walking in nature, reflecting on the Dharma and looking for a sense of ease and connection in all we do.
Wolf at the Door Creative Writing Weekend
Sat 9 – Sun 10 Oct, Manchester Buddhist Centre (non-residential)
The Wolf at the Door team returns offering a space to reconnect and explore the art of writing, woven with the Dharma and laced with the unexpected. No writing experience necessary, just a willingness to step through ‘the door’ of the imagination in the company of experienced guides.
Men’s Sangha Retreat
Fri 22 – Sun 24 October, Dukes Barn, Derbyshire (residential)
Join other men in our Sangha to explore aspects of dharma practice, deepen friendships and connect with one another. In the heart of the Peak District, this retreat is an ideal opportunity to create conditions to grow and be happy alongside friends in the sangha.
Urban Retreat: The Heart Sutra
Mon 15 – Fri 19 Nov, Manchester Buddhist Centre (non-residential)
We’re excited about this one! Having had to cancel the spring Urban Retreat for Order Members and Mitras Training for Ordination, scheduled for last February, we’re delighted to see this retreat being led by our very own Mahasraddha and Dharmakarunya. In The Heart Sutra, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, declares that not only ‘in emptiness there is no form’ but that all constituents of our psycho-physical being (the five skandhas) are empty. What does this mean? What is being alluded to by the term’emptiness’? Why is it important and how does it relate to suffering?
Women’s Retreat – Entering the Mandala of the Dakinis
Fri 10 – Fri 17 Dec, Beamsley Project, Skipton
The Dakini retreat returns for a third year running, for Mitras Training for Ordination and Dharmacharinis from the Blackburn and Manchester Sangha. In previous years, these retreats have proven to be deeply connecting, both with ourselves and each other.
Book now or make a note in your diary
For some retreats, you can book now! Some of the others aren’t open for booking just yet but I recommend you put them in your diary and we’ll let you know when you can book.
Although we are asking for a payment with your booking, we understand that these are uncertain times, planning and cash flow are difficult for many of us. To help we’d like to offer the following options / reassurances:
- A full refund will be given if, due to COVID regulations, we need to make alternative arrangements for a retreat –for example to deliver it online.
- If this is the case we will let you know with plenty of notice and give you the option of cancelling or transferring to the online option.
- Feel free to pay the Young Person’s rate of £25, if you’d prefer to just pay the deposit for now – please let us know that it is a deposit in the notes fields of the booking.
I really hope you’ll join us on one or more of these retreats!