Going on retreat is a great opportunity to take a break from the busy activity of our every day lives and to go deeper with our meditation and spiritual practice in more supportive conditions. On retreat we come together to form a community, practising together, eating together and helping out with jobs.
2014 weekend retreats
7-10 March 2014, Vajrasana, Suffolk
Weekend retreat: A breath of fresh air
A weekend exploring the breath and taking a breather led by Yashobodhi with Vilasamani, Bodhilila and team.
From 7pm on Friday until Monday morning (can leave Sunday evening at 6). Cost £145 (waged), £110 (part waged), £85 (unwaged), all in except transport.
20-22 June 2014
At ‘Othona’ in Essex.
24-26 October 2014
At St Katherine Parmoor.
Booking conditions : please note that full payment is required to make your booking. Payments are non transferable but can be refunded up to 5 working days before the retreat starts (minus £20 cancellation fee).
Please either click on the ‘Book with Card/PayPal’ button above to pay online (you do not need a PayPal account), or write a cheque payable to West London Buddhist Centre and send with your booking request to:
The West London Buddhist Centre,
94 Westbourne Park Villas,
London W2 5EB.
Please include your name, address, email and phone number with your booking, and how you plan to travel (we try to share lifts).
About Vajrasana (venue for march 2014 retreat)
Vajrasana is set in rolling Suffolk countryside with lots of good walks all round. There are two large paddocks with an amazing variety of trees. The shrine room was built using a special ecological straw bale technique.
Getting to Vajrasana
The address is:
Walsham le Willows,
We try to share lifts, so let us know if you are driving, or if you would like a lift.
Getting to Vajrasana – by Car
Take the M11 out of London as far as junction 9, then follow the A11 and then the A14 towards Bury St Edmunds. Leave the A14 at junction 43 (‘Bury St Edmunds Central’) and follow signs for A143 Diss. After 6 or 7 miles on the A143 go straight on towards Diss at the first Ixworth roundabout and turn right at the second roundabout (which has a sign pointing right for Walsham Le Willows). Follow this road for 4 miles (ignoring the left turn to Wyken Vineyards) until you pass a sign ‘Walsham Le Willows/West Street’. A quarter of a mile further on, after some tight bends, turn left at a small sign (which is on the right hand side of the road) for Stanton. Drive uphill for approx half a mile and Vajrasana/Potash Farm is on the left behind a row of tall poplar trees. You will see a signpost for Vajrasana. Access is gained by turning left down a small private road and then right into the drive.
Getting to Vajrasana – by Coach
Coaches leave from Victoria Coach Station (or the coach stop in Stratford for which you need to have a pre-paid ticket) to Stanton in Suffolk, the first stop after Bury St Edmunds. You can buy an Apex ticket if you book 7 days in advance. National Express Coaches www.nationalexpress.com or 08717 81 81 78.
Getting to Vajrasana – by train
Trains run from London Liverpool Street to Stowmarket. There is a taxi rank outside the station. Cost to Potash Farm is likely to be £20/22. Greater Anglia Trains or 0845 600 7245.
Stowmarket Taxis: 01449 677777 or Gold Star Taxis: 01449 676 767
Elmswell, the nearest station (4.5 miles) and Stanton (coaches): two small, single-driver taxi companies: Regency Taxis 01359 251595/07969125320 and Inglenook Chauffeur Cars 01953 681541/07818 093808. (Elmswell-Vajrasana: £10-15; Stanton (coaches) – Vajrasana: £3-5.) You must book two days in advance to confirm availability for these companies.
What you need
All bedding, food (vegetarian), and meditation gear is provided at Vajrasana. Just bring towel, washbag, notebook, outdoor and indoor footwear, and loose clothing.
Other Triratna retreats
The Triratna Buddhist Community runs a wide range of retreats across the UK, and worldwide. For more information have a look at goingonretreat.com.
And here is a list of 2013 retreats where you will meet WLBC Order Members (MS Word file): Retreats in 2013 with WLBC Order members