Retreat Programme

Retreat Programme

Laura Bridgman

14 – 21 July 2018 @ The High Heathercombe Centre

Laura Bridgman (Kovida):
“What Brings You Here?”     1 male dorm and 1 camping space left

It is a deeply convincing perspective that we are the ones ‘in control’ of our path of practice, and that, through our own endeavour, we can either get things right or wrong. The Buddha offered another paradigm, one of cause and effect, that we’ll be exploring during this week of practice. As part of this investigation we will be contemplating the Five Spiritual Faculties of saddha, viriya, sati, samadhi, and panya.

18 – 25 August 2018 @ The High Heathercombe centre

Suvaco and Thanissara:
“The Freeing of Human Consciousness”     FULLY BOOKED

Deconstructing Class Conditioning While Building a More Inclusive and Compassionate Society:
In this retreat, we intend to explore the social and generational conditionings that result in the distorting and diminishing narratives that impair our ability to engage with the planetary emergency that now shapes our collective experience.


4 – 14 September 2018 @ Brimpts Farm

Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde:
“A Wide and Wonderful Path”

On this 10-day retreat we will open to the full potential of our life: Applying heartful practices that calm our mind and soothe our body, we can gently and sincerely journey towards our “sure heart’s release”. Along the way seeing deeper, understanding more profoundly, and learning to live more wholeheartedly.

Kirsten Kratz and Suvaco

14 – 21 September 2018 @ The High Heathercombe centre

Kirsten Kratz and Suvaco:
“The Poetry of Self – The Poetry of Not-Self”

On this retreat we will enquire into how we create self, other and world; seeing their creation as a spectrum from the dense to ever more refined and subtle levels. We aim to cultivate a liberating pliability that can celebrate the unique expressions of self as well as its emptiness.


Past Retreats

2 – 9 February 2018

Catherine McGee and Rob Burbea:
“Tending the Holy Fire: A Practice Retreat for Lovers of Soulmaking”

This weeklong retreat is suitable for Dharma practitioners who are already familiar and relatively comfortable with the teachings and practices of the imaginal and the emotional/energy body, and who wish to deepen and widen these aspects of their practice together with other Dharma friends.

Kirsten Kratz and Suvaco

6 – 13 October 2017

Kirsten Kratz and Suvaco, assisted by Mark Ovland:
“Let the beauty we love be what we do”

As practioners we may limit our practice to the need of becoming aware of and working through our issues, our hindrances and all that obscures our potential for freedom and insight. Empowering and liberating as this may be, we can end up missing out on the beauty of the path. On this retreat we will focus on recognising and balancing the factors of energy and delight and explore how an increased ability and sensitivity to perceive beauty is already an aspect of the awakened heart.


1 – 8 September 2017

Jaya Karen Rudgard:
“Stopping for Peace”

The Buddha’s teaching offers a wise, pragmatic and profoundly compassionate response to the predicament of human life. In this weeklong insight meditation retreat we will practise the art of stopping and looking deeply into our own lived experience. Together we will investigate how to develop the peaceful heart that offers the key both to our own happiness and to peace in the external world.

7 – 15 July 2017

Guhyapati and Alex Swain:
“Regenerative Activism: Sustaining Resistance”

Those of us involved in social change face enormous challenges. Daily we meet injustice, loss, and suffering in the world around us. We also meet our own responses to that: our fears, frustrations and anger. How can we best work with these responses creatively to achieve our goals? And what collective tools can we use to enable our groups, organisations, and networks to better embody our values? This workshop will offer a range of tools – collective and personal – which can make our activism more effective and sustainable.

This is not a silent retreat but there will be periods of quietude.


9 – 16 June 2017

Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde:
“Opening Awareness: The Freedom to Know Life”

What could we gain from emulating generally in life the open and non-judgmental qualities of awareness? Could we bring more peace, well-being and happiness into our lives by shaping the way we look at, and meet, experience? On this retreat we will make use of this inquiry to develop a meditation practice that is calm and centred, friendly and compassionate, and playful and enjoyable.

Vince Cullen

22 – 26 May 2017

Vince Cullen:
“Being Human: A Hungry Ghost Retreat”

A retreat exploring ‘Buddhist’ principles and practices that cultivate a more personally contented experience of everyday living. Being Human is an encouragement to lift the veil and break the spell of universal cravings, aversions and confusions that so often manifest as addictions and compulsions, as well as harmful thinking and behaviours.

Kirsten Kratz and Suvaco

24 Sept – 1 Oct 2016

Kirsten Kratz and Suvaco:
“Within this body there is the whole universe”

Practice invites us to be present to our physical being, our inner landscape with its sensations and emotions. It invites us to be fully present to see the ways we get stuck and also to touch freedom. We discover that compassion, care, joy, and wisdom are found and known in the body and that we need to be embodied and intimate with this body/mind/heart to experience them deeply.

Laura Bridgman

16 – 22 August 2016

Laura Bridgman (Kovida):
“Meditation is Watching Nature Happening”

In her teaching Laura likes to enable a natural gradual process of settling into a meditative state and inner connection. Meditation is ‘watching nature happening’, she says, rather than judging and trying to fix one’s mind.


23 – 30 July 2016

Paul Burrows:
“Be Like a Mother”

Teaching love and compassion as a path of liberation, the Buddha challenges us to open our eyes and hearts to what is happening around us on the planet. Join together with us for this group retreat course where we will draw on the various Buddhist traditions to investigate: How do we make a wise response? What really helps? And what are you willing to risk to cultivate a limitless heart?


15 – 22 July 2016

Frank Uyttebroeck:
“Mind the Heart!”

How does it feel to bathe in the silent pond of equanimity, knowing that we are all capable of attaining a peaceful mind state? And what about the joy we experience when we get in touch with the different aspects of the path of the Buddha? In this Insight Meditation retreat we will direct our kind awareness towards the four truths of unsatisfactoriness, truths offered by the Buddha with wisdom and clarity. We will investigate these four truths with the emotional power of the Buddhist heart practices.

Ramiro Ortega and Mark Ovland

10 – 14 February 2016

Ramiro Ortega & Mark Ovland:
“Deepening in Mindfulness”

This retreat is an opportunity to strengthen and deepen your mindfulness practice with the support of silence, like-minded people and experienced teachers. Especially suitable for those who have taken an 8-week course and are looking to go one step further.

Kirsten Kratz and Suvaco Bhikkhu

23 – 30 October 2015

Kirsten Kratz and Suvaco Bhikkhu:
“Being Intimate with All Things”

An intimate relationship with ourself, others and this world can be our deepest yearning and our biggest fear. Can we learn to trust the heart’s capacity to attend to all of life with an allowing and curious presence?


21 – 28 September 2015

Rob Burbea and Guhyapati:
“Action from Depth: an engaged buddhist training for ecological action”

This event explores how dharma-based perspectives and practices can resource life-affirming action for ecological justice.

Frank Uyttebroeck

18 – 25 July 2015

Frank Uyttebroeck:
“Mind the Heart!”

Come and join us on a path that leads to awakening the heart through training the mind. Together we will learn that freedom is possible through meeting ourselves, our relationships and our world with deepened wisdom, compassion and acceptance.


6 – 13 June 2015

Zohar Lavie:
“Resting Into Our True Nature”

An invitation to relax into an intimate relationship with the depth of our being, and to nourish a genuine kind-heartedness towards ourselves and all of life.


6 – 13 September 2014

Kirsten Kratz:
“The Gaze of Kindness and Wisdom”

Cultivating qualties of mind and heart that have the potential to heal, to nourish and inspire, are expressions of wisdom and ultimately liberate.


25 – 31 May 2014

Ken Jones:
“How to Make a Life”

All you’ll need to know to get started! Talks, meditation, small group activity, interviews, body work.


3 – 9 October 2013

Insight Meditation Retreat

An opportunity for retreatants with previous experience to develop their practice independently.