The residential aspect of this retreat is now cancelled
The Padmaloka Community has decided for the time being that we will not be running the residential aspects of the hybrid retreats up to the end of March.
The conditions in the world are too unstable and uncertain right now to be confident that we can run in person places on the hybrid retreats, and we want to offer something that can be reliably planned for.
If you are booked onto the residential aspect of this retreat and haven't received an email from us, please get in touch and let us know what you'd like done with your booking.
This is a foundation retreat teaching good meditation practice. It is suitable for both those who are relatively new, who have a regular meditation practice and who want to establish it on sound principles, as well as to experienced meditators who wish to breathe new life into their meditation.
It will cover all areas of working in meditation from posture, balanced effort, working on the hindrances, to access concentration, the dhyanas and insight.
The emphasis will be practical and experiential and on learning meditation skills that one can then take away and use in daily meditation practice.
The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.00am.
Health and Hygiene
It is vital that you don't come on retreat if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, including a cough, loss or change of smell or taste, a temperature, or any other cold or flu-like symptoms; or if you have been in contact with anyone who has within the past 14 days.
We will be observing strict hygiene and social distancing protocols during the retreat, details of which you can find in our risk assessment here: http://bit.ly/PadmalokaRAx
In coming on retreat you also agree to observe measures laid out in our coming on retreat page here: https://padmaloka.org.uk/coming-retreat
As well as contained within the 'Essential Guide to Being at Padmaloka during Covid', which can be found here: http://bit.ly/PadmalokaEGx
We will be taking every measure we can to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 during retreats, but despite this, there will still remain a risk to those who attend; please consider this when coming on retreat.
If you are unable to attend the retreat due to illness or local lockdown measures then your booking can be transferred to the online aspect of the retreat, or to a future retreat.
A Dana Retreat
After the deposit, these retreats will be run on a donation basis.
If you would like to donate a similar amount to the retreat rates used in the past on a week-long retreat, then the amounts are as follows:
• Waged: £369
• Concession: £321
• Unwaged: £264
These retreats will have higher running costs than ordinary retreats due to the restricted number of attendees, as well as the extra hygiene precautions we are taking to ensure the safety of all those involved. Yet, we ask that you give what you can based upon your current financial circumstances.
There will be an opportunity to donate near the end of the retreat, or you can do so any time online, but please note that by law we are unable to refund donations once they have been given.
Bookings for our residential retreats are now open for bookings for all, there will be a limited number of reserved places so once bookings reach a certain number you will be put onto a waiting list for the retreat, we will contact you to let you know if that is the case.
Due to limited spaces, please only book onto one residential retreat for each programme of four months, you can book on as many of the online retreats as you would like to.
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