The Brahma Virahas - The Sublime Abodes -
Mens Retreat

Friday 19th October - Sunday 21th Octtober

Over the past few years we have been holding weekend retreats for men who attend the centre. A retreat allows us to deepen our practice, and develop friendships with others who attend the centre. Our mens retreats are held at a hired hostel in Harwich, which we've found to be a great venue for small retreats like this.

The theme for this retreat is the the Brahama Virharas - the sublime abode working. We will be exploring and work developing the four pure strains of positive emotion, Metta Friendliness, Karuna (compassion), mudita (sympathetic joy) and Upekkha (positive equinimity) through meditations, talks, and discussions.

On the retreat there will be periods of meditation, talks around the theme of the retreat, discussion groups as well as pūjā, a traditional Buddhist ritual that includes chanting and making offerings.

While on retreat, we aim to create a peaceful atmosphere free from distraction. We will therefore ask all attendees to turn off mobile phones.

This would be well suited as a first retreat. The material will be suitable to anybody who has been to a few of our classes, and you will already know many of the people on the retreat.

Please note unlike at many other retreat centres, you will need to bring your own bedding (or sleeping bag) and a towel.

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Rate

We want everyone to have the opportunity to come on retreat. If you cannot afford the cost, we may be able to help. Please contact us or speak to one of the retreat leaders to discuss.

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Dietary Requirements

All food will be vegan. If you have any other dietary requirements, or other health issues which could effect your participation in the retreat please contact us before booking to make sure we can accommodate you.

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Our bursary fund allows us to offer spaces to those who otherwise would not be able to afford to come on retreat.

Typical Programme

Friday
6:30pm Dinner
8:00pm Welcome and dedication ceremony
Saturday
7:00am Meditation
8:45am Breakfast
10:30am Talk and discussion groups
1:00pm Lunch
4:00pm Meditation Workshop
6pm Dinner
8:00pm Pūjā
Sunday
7:00am Meditation
8:45am Breakfast
10:30am Talk and discussion groups
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Clear up and depart

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to have been coming?

If you know the stages to the two meditations taught at the centre, the retreat will be suitable for you.

Do I need to be a Buddhist?

The retreat is suitable for everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs, and makes an excellent first retreat for people who have recently started being involved with meditation and Buddhism.

What does the cost include?

The retreat cost covers the full cost of the retreat, including all food.

When does the retreat start and end?

The retreat will begin with dinner on the Friday evening at 6:30pm. You are welcome to arrive any time from 4pm.

We will finish on the Sunday afternoon by 2pm.

What will the accommodation be like?

The 1912 centre is a youth hostel with simple, but comfortable accommodation. Living communally is an important and enjoyable part of the retreat. We will be in shared rooms with 2-4 people in each, and will eat together communally.

Living communally means caring for each other. The team leading the retreat are volunteers who are on retreat as well and we will ask you to help out with simple chores. Working together is a good way of getting to know each other, and it also helps us keep the cost of the retreat to a minimum.

Can I have a single room?

In order to allow us to accommodate as many people as want to come, we are not normally able to provide single rooms. If you have a very special circumstance which requires a single room for you to be able to attend, please contact us before booking to discuss.

What will the food be like?

Many Buddhists practice veganism as an expression of non-violence. As such, all food will be vegan.

If you have any allergies that aren't listed on the booking form, please contact us before booking to ensure we can cater for you.

What do I need to bring?

You'll need to bring your own bedding (either a single sheet, duvet cover and pillowcases - or a sleeping bag), towel, clothes and toiletries. You may also want to bring a notebook and pen.

Will I be able to get a lift?

Yes, we will contact everyone who has booked on the retreat to arrange lift shares. Please let us know if you need a space or if you are able to offer a space to anyone else.

Can I apply for a place using the bursary fund?

Yes. Contact us and we will help you if we can.

The Team

Sthiranāga
Sīlanātha
Karunātha
Karunātha

How To Get Here

The retreat is at the 1912 Centre in Harwich.

Driving

The postcode for use in sat-navs is CO12 3ER. The centre is situated on the corner of Wellington Road and Cow Lane, just round from the Electric Palace cinema. The building can be recognised by the two large multi-storey arch-shaped windows from when the building was previously a fire station.

You can usually park along Wellington Road or the other nearby roads where there is no parking restrictions. Failing that, there is a car park on Wellington Road which will cost around £6 for the whole weekend.

Train

The Harwich Town station is a 5 minute walk from the centre.

After coming out of the station, turn left on West Street, and then take the third right onto Wellington Street. Follow this road round until you get to the centre.