Change Your Mind: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment
Saṅgha Retreat

Friday 9st February - Sunday 11th February.

New Year, new you!? Do you want to make positive changes in your life? Want to carve out some time for you? Deepen your awareness or mindfulness practice? But not sure how? Or don’t feel able to for some reason? Something needs to change but you’re not sure what... or how? Sujayini, Anavajja and Srikirti are excited to invite you to the February Colchester Sangha Retreat!

Every year we hold two weekend retreats for those who attend the centre. This year, our theme for the February retreat is Change Your Mind: Stillness, Simplicity and Contentment. We will be exploring the theme with daily meditations, talks and workshops, ritual, mantra magic and being together in a creative, meaningful context (i.e. hanging out, tantric practise of drinking tea and eating vegan food together).

If you are a newcomer to the centre this is the perfect first retreat experience. Women and men from the local Sangha, gathering at a beautiful custom-made retreat centre in the Suffolk countryside, to go deeper.

Leave your mobiles, iPads, iPhones, Samsung galaxies, laptops, etc at home and meet with yourself and other humans - just for a while.

We’ve reduced the cost for this retreat, but, as ever - never let the cost stop you coming. Chat with one of the team.

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If you prefer, you can also book in person at the centre where we can take payment by cash or card. Just speak to any team member.

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.

Travel
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.

£

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

What is a Retreat?

Thanks to our friends at The London Buddhist Centre for permission to use this video, which was shot at Vajrasana.

Typical Programme

Friday
6:30pm Dinner
8:00pm Welcome and dedication ceremony
Saturday
7:00am Meditation
9:00am Breakfast
10:30am Talk and discussion groups
1:00pm Lunch
4:00pm Meditation
6:30pm Dinner
8:00pm Pūjā
Sunday
7:00am Meditation
9:00am Breakfast
10:30am Talk and discussion groups
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm 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, around 3pm.

What will the accommodation be like?

Vajrasana is a modern, recently renovated retreat centre with simple, but comfortable accommodation. Living communally is an important and enjoyable part of the retreat. We will be in shared single-sex 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. All rooms are downstairs and there is one room with disabled access.

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 clothes suitable for wet weather including good footwear, indoor shoes, toiletries, and a towel. You may also want to bring a notebook and pen. Bedding will be provided.

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

Atulyamati
Anavajjā
Dhammakumāra
Śrīkīrtī
Sīlanātha
Sujayinī

How To Get Here

The retreat is at Vajrasana Retreat Centre, Potash Farm, in Walsham le Willows, near Bury St. Edmunds.

Driving

Vajrasana's postcode for use in sat-navs is IP31 3AR.

Some sat-navs will try to take you down a footpath. If this happens, keep following Ixworth Rd and then turn left onto Reading's Lane.

There is a blue sign at Vajrasana's entrance. Drive down that road and then immediately right into the car park.

If you are able to offer a lift to others, please let us know.

Train

The closest convenient station is Stowmarket. From there you will need to get a taxi, which will cost around £20-22.

The cheapest local taxi service from Stowmarket is TKO Cars (07739 365555) who you will need to book with, or there is Stowmarket Taxis (01449 677777) which are based at Stowmarket station, so you can often just get in a taxi without booking.