Residential Retreats

retreat picWe spend so much of our lives busily engaged with one activity after another that we rarely get a chance to stop and collect ourselves. A retreat gives us that chance to step back and live more simply for a time; to clarify our direction in life and consider those we love more fully.

A retreat can be an adventure; an opportunity to deepen awareness of ourselves and other people around us. There will be time for meditation, guided by experienced teachers, and other activities such as talks, discussion and study groups; and often periods of silence to help the mind really quieten down. Taking place in beautiful and supportive surroundings the experience can still be challenging and sometimes life changing. However, for many the sense of community and friendship that develops is what brings them to return throughout their lives.

Every year we offer a First Retreat for those new to the retreat experience. This takes place at Rivendell Retreat Centre north of Uckfield in East Sussex and in the beautiful fields and woodland of the Sussex Weald. 

First Retreat at Rivendell

This year the retreat was Monday 23rd – Friday 27th June 2014
Led by Maitrimala and Vimokshaja Cost £160/130/100

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There will be another First Retreat next year,come back to this page in 2015.

Rivendell also offer their own Introductory Retreats and Yoga & Meditation retreats.
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Other Opportunities for Going on Retreat

There are many other opportunities for retreat within the Triratna Buddhist Community. You will find details of all the retreat centres around the U.K associated with the Triratna Buddhist Community and also opportunities for solitary retreats at

For camping retreats and events see :

Retreats for the Triratna Community

We also offer Sangha Retreats and Mitra Retreats for those who are part of the Triratna Community