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New Year Sangha Retreat @home

January 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm January 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm


A Sangha retreat on Zoom to light up January

The retreat is led by Jnanamitra, Viryamati and team

During this weekend we will be engaging with the reflective tone of January to explore our experience in an inclusive way – paying attention to the beliefs and meanings we have absorbed during our life and the new ways of thinking and experiencing learned from Buddhist teaching. The tone of this weekend is reflective with sharing in small groups.

Join us for this weekend to learn how to turn towards your experience and enjoy discovering how you function in all your depth and breadth.

All are welcome but if this is your first retreat please see the ‘Further information below’. If you have any questions please contact Barbara Dutch at retreats@ipswichbuddhistcentre.org.uk with your query and a phone number.

Jnanamitra, is a founder member of the Ipswich Buddhist Centre and enjoys the language of the heart, involving the power of stories and myth as well as Buddhism’s analytic language which addresses our thinking.  She has been a member of the Triratna Order since 1991.

Viryamati was ordained into the Triratna Order in 2019. He is Ipswich born and bred, and came to the Buddhist Centre during a difficult time, looking for a way beyond his distress. He is inspired by the myth of the spiritual gardener, not willing something to change, but encouraging it to unfold by creating the conditions, allowing the heart to open.

Outline Programme

Please see your participant pack for a more detailed and precise programme. This is just a summary.

Friday Eve1800: chat room open, bring your evening meal
19:30 Welcome, Introductions & Announcements
2000: Talk by Viryamati
2030: ritual ending approx 2100
Saturday0700 Introduction to day, led meditations
0830 Breakfast
1000 Open room chat
1030 Talk by Jnanamitra The motivations we may have within, beliefs and meanings we have absorbed during our life followed by discussion groups
1115 Tea break
1215 Talk by Viryamati What Buddhist teaching is for? Stream entry, True Individual, the New Society, Sangha followed by discussion groups
1300 Lunch
1400 Freetime
1530 Open room
1600 Talk by Viryamati The Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Bodhicitta followed by discussion
1645 Tea break
1700 Meditation
1730 Break for supper
1930 Talk by Jnanamitra What has the Buddha done for me?
2015 Evening Ritual
2100 Finish for the day
Sunday Morning0700: led meditations
0830 Breakfast
1000 Open room
1030 Jnanmitra talks on The Three Myths followed by discussion
1150 Break
1200 Rejoicing in the weekend
1215 Just sitting
1230 Closing ritual
1300 End of retreat

How to Join

Please use the ‘Tickets’ panel to register and pay whatever you can afford.

When you have registered you will receive an email confirmation. A participation pack including the Zoom link for the retreat will be sent to those who have booked a day or so before the start of the retreat.

Note: You need to enter the number of places required before clicking ‘Book Now’


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More information

Is this retreat suitable for me?

All are welcome to join the retreat however, if this is your first retreat please send an email when you have booked to retreats@ipswichbuddhistcentre.org.uk so that we are aware and can invite you to the Introductory Session which will help ensure you have a good experience.

Do I need to attend for the whole retreat?

It is best if you can participate for the whole retreat but all sessions are optional and a programme with timings will be made available in due course.

How do I prepare for a retreat at home?

There will be full advice in the Participant Pack but you may also want to view this video by the London Buddhist Centre.


The retreat will be led by: