In the centre of the palace on the highest Copper-Coloured Mountain,
An assembly of awareness-holders, dakas and dakinis gathered together;
Their hundred moods of great exaltation captivate with playful charming grace,
Thinking of them, deep in my heart I recall my sole father, Lake Born Vajra.
In the Centre of the Palace, Dudjom Rimpoche
Following on from our weekend last year we will be journeying deeper into the world of Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born Guru.
Padmaloka is one of the names of Padmasambhava’s Pure Land, a land that is entirely conducive to the attainment of Enlightenment. So we will make two kinds of journey: one the physical journey to Padmaloka the retreat centre, and the other a spiritual journey where through our efforts we will move towards the Pure Land of Padmaloka.
We will meditate together, inspire one another with talks and discussion, engage in ritual and deepen our practice of friendship – all in the presence of Padmasambhava.
Details and Timings
The retreat starts with dinner on the first day at 6:30pm and finishes on the final day at 10.00am.
A Dana Retreat
This retreat is run on a dana basis: you pay the deposit before the retreat, then at the end of the retreat you can give as much as you are able. If, due to financial hardship, you are unable to pay the full deposit, contact the Guest Master about our bursary scheme: email@example.com.
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 ask that you take two Lateral Flow Test, one 48 hours before arrival and a second within 24 hours of the retreat starting.
If you haven't taken one by the time you arrive at Padmaloka, we will ask you to do one upon arrival and you will have to wait for the result before entering the buildings.
You can order them free from the UK Government here: Lateral Flow Tests, or from most pharmacies.
We will be observing enhanced hygiene protocols during the retreat, details of which you can find in our Padmaloka Risk Assessment, which is accessible from the Coming on Retreat page.
We will be taking every measure we can to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 during retreats, but despite this, there will 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.
Banner and thumbnail image: cropped painting by Aloka © from Padmaloka