Going on Retreat
A retreat is a positive escape from our usual habits, which includes our daily routine and what goes on in our mind. Leaving those habitual ways of being behind, we can experience ourselves in a more creative and positive way.
Going on retreat gives you the opportunity to share time, and inspiration with like-minded people from all walks of life. They are an opportunity to deepen your awareness of yourself, other people, and the world around you. They give you space to clarify what is essential in your life.
The daily programmes vary depending on what type of retreat you book. Most retreats include meditation, periods of silence, and other activities such as talks, workshops, study groups, and sometimes yoga. They also have short work activities and free time.
Am I well enough to go on Retreat?
You may have concerns as to whether coming on a retreat would be suitable for you due to:
• General health issues
• Physical limitations and/or disabilities
• Emotional distress
• Mental Health issues
Retreats may be a supportive environment for people who are experiencing emotional distress, however meditation may not be appropriate and can even be unhelpful for people with more acute mental health difficulties such as severe depression or psychosis.
On retreat you will be among other people quite intensively and participating in the retreat group program. Team members can of course give some support to individuals but retreats are not therapeutic counselling environments and team time and skills are limited.
Please note, having mental health difficulties does not necessarily mean that a retreat is not suitable for you. In order to try to ensure this would be a safe environment for you, we encourage you to contact the Centre if you have any concerns or queries regarding these issues before booking a place.
Winter Sangha Retreat at Vajrasana
December 1, 2023 - December 3, 2023, 6:00pm - 4:00pm