Going on retreat is a chance to step back, to stop and to take stock, allowing a more creative response to life to unfold. So much of Buddhist practice is about putting effort into setting up positive conditions, and then learning how to stop and practise receptivity within those conditions. Being in the countryside, alongside others who are practising, removing many distractions and having inspiring input is a great way to see yourself change.

There are also several Triratna retreat centres in the UK, running a wide range of retreats – see


Weekend non residential retreat;

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Retreats are focussed periods of practice in a (usually rural) retreat centre, and often combine meditation, puja (ritual), talks, and periods of silence.

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