In-depth Retreats

The UK Dharma Teachers are offering a number of in-depth retreats during 2017 and 2018 to allow practitioners to deepen their understanding of the Plum Village mindfulness path. Each retreat will include:

  • A set text to study beforehand
  • Opportunities to practice with guided meditations, silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating and noble silence
  • The opportunity to learn from others through dharma sharing
  • Dharma talks from UK Dharma Teachers

These in-depth retreats are suitable for those with an understanding of mindfulness and a regular practice; they are not aimed at complete beginners as they will not include instruction of the basic practices.

You are invited to attend these retreats as a series, as each retreat builds upon the previous one and will provide a good overall foundation for understanding Thay’s deeper teachings. However, you are also welcome to join these retreats as a one off where the topic is one that you specifically want to explore.

Retreat 1: Developing Calmness in a Busy World

The topic of the first retreat is Developing Calmness in a Busy World.

We will cover key topics from Thay’s book ‘Being Peace’ including:

  • Recognition of our conditions for Happiness
  • Developing insight into our feelings and perceptions
  • The Three Gems

We are offering the Developing Calmness in a Busy World retreat in two locations on two different dates with two different teachers.

Each of these venues caters for around 20-30 people and each is situated in quiet rural surroundings. This gives us the opportunity to feel relaxed and supported by the retreat centre and a small group of like minded friends.

Each weekend costs £199 and there are a few supported places available at £150 for those on low incomes. Booking is open now on the links above.

Times:  Arrive Friday from 4.30pm for 6pm start.  Leave after lunch on Sunday.

Retreat 2: Interbeing and Emptiness : The Path to Peace and Liberation

Dates: Friday 16th June 4.30pm to Sunday 18th after lunch

Location:Coldwell Activity Centre, Burnley, Lancs

Cost:  £140

Full details to follow

Retreat 3: Dealing with Difficulties

We will be offering an autumn retreat on the topic of Dealing with Difficulties. This will use as key texts Thay’s Transformation and Healing (which is a commentary on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness) and Reconciliation. The key topics will include:

  • Establishing solidity in our body and mind
  • Mindfully dealing with difficult situations such as loss, illness, relationship changes, aging, childhood problems and other challenges
  • Healing and reconciling with ourselves

We will be offering this retreat only once in 2017

  • Dates: Sunday 22 to Thursday 26 October 2017
  • Venue: Old Swinford Hospital, Stourbridge.


We will confirm the teaching team and costs for this retreat shortly and launch the booking  in early 2017.

Future plans

We hope to offer another in-depth retreat around June 2017 and are planning ahead to provide in-depth retreats in 2018.  Check back on this page.