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How to Start a Revolution

Friday, September 17th @ 5:30 pm Sunday, September 19th @ 3:00 pm

Sangha retreat at Vajrasana

Sangha is a Buddhist word for Spiritual Community. You do not have to be a Buddhist, or want to be a Buddhist, to be part of our Sangha

Every day, we face a battle between light and darkness in our lives: conflicting thoughts our minds create; love and hate in our personal relationships; making money vs being ethical.

And it’s not just us. We only have to look at the headlines to witness conflicting forces across the globe: governments vs climate change activists; pro vs anti-vaxxers; food producers vs animal rights campaigners; rich vs poor.

Sometimes these forces can feel overwhelming and we feel powerless to make any positive change, on a personal or a global level. But Buddhist practice is transformational in ways far beyond the limits of our imagination. Individually and collectively we can harness the conflicting energies within and around us, and use them to start a revolution.

Padmasambhava, an important Tibetan figure in the development of Buddhism, did just that – taming the forces of light and darkness and using them to create positive change. On this retreat we will be learning from his experience and advice. Over 10 centuries after he first wrote them, his teachings are as relevant today as they ever were.

Our Retreat will involve meditation, talks from experienced Buddhist teachers, collective rituals, storytelling, discussions and enjoying the great outdoors. All activities are optional and you can take some space, if you need it, at any time. It will be held a Varjasana, a beautiful Retreat Centre just outside Bury St Edmunds.

Full Price £120

Concessionary Price £100

Under 30s Price £70

Under 30?

Special price for Under 30s!
Some of the Sub30s Group activities will be different to the rest of the Retreat. In the past there has been Drumming, Walking Meditations, Shrine Building and Outdoor Activities.

How to Book

Use the Booking form to pay the deposit and reserve your place. As it is now close to the retreat, please also pay the balance in the same order.

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By booking you indicate that you accept our Booking Policy Early Bird and £70 tickets are special prices and can only be refunded under exceptional circumstances.

In order to minimise the risk of Covid-19 on the retreat, we require you to test yourself twice before you come: i) three days before the retreat starts and ii) before leaving home on the day of the retreat. We will be asking for verbal confirmation of your test results as you arrive at Vajrasana.

You can order lateral flow tests free of charge via the gov.uk website.


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Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 3RA United Kingdom

Your Questions

Is this event suitable for me?

You do not have to be a Buddhist, or want to be a Buddhist, to attend. If you have never meditated before, special instruction will be given to you before the event starts.

This retreat is suitable for anyone. If this is your first retreat please email retreats@ipswichbuddhistcentre.org.uk to let us know so that we can offer a little additional introduction.

Do I need to come for the whole event?

It is best if you plan to come for the whole event. It is good to arrive in time for supper on Friday and expect to leave by 3pm on Sunday.

What is the accommodation like?

All rooms are single sex and generally, two people share a room. We try to make sure everyone shares a room with someone they know. If you have a health condition that requires you to have a single room, please let us know – we will accommodate you if we can, on a first-come, first-served basis”

What if I have specific needs such as diet or access?

All food is vegetarian with plenty of vegan options. Vajrasana has good wheelchair access throughout. If you any specific needs please email retreats@ipswichbuddhistcentre.org.uk

The Team