East Anglian Women's Retreat
Friday 20 March – Sunday 22 March
East Anglian Women's retreat is a weekend open to all women in the region, whatever their experience of meditation and/or Buddhism. The cost for the weekend is £90 or £80 concessions, payable on booking. The venue is quite small, so book early to avoid disappointment!
The theme for the weekend is Inspired by the Dharma, and the retreat team are: Atulyamati, Bodhilehi, Carumani, and Sujayini. We, the team, are all looking forward to spending an inspired weekend with you at the beautiful Ringsfield eco-centre!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I need to have been coming?
You don't need to have been attending one of our Buddhist Centres - everyone is welcome as full instruction in meditation will be given for newcomers.
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
The retreat is suitable for everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs, and makes an excellent first retreat for people who have recently started being involved with meditation and Buddhism.
What does the cost include?
The retreat cost covers the full cost of the retreat, including all food.
When does the retreat start and end?
The retreat will begin with dinner on the Friday evening at 6:30pm. You are welcome to arrive any time from 4pm.
We will finish on the Sunday afternoon, around 3pm.
What will the accommodation be like?
Ringsfield Hall is an EcoActivity Centre with simple, but comfortable accommodation. Living communally is an important and enjoyable part of the retreat. We will be in shared rooms with 2-6 people in each, and will eat together communally.
Living communally means caring for each other. The team leading the retreat are volunteers who are on retreat as well and we will ask you to help out with simple chores. Working together is a good way of getting to know each other, and it also helps us keep the cost of the retreat to a minimum.
Can I have a single room?
In order to allow us to accommodate as many people as want to come, we are not normally able to provide single rooms. If you have a very special circumstance which requires a single room for you to be able to attend, please contact us before booking to discuss.
What will the food be like?
Many Buddhists practice veganism as an expression of non-violence. As such, all food will be vegan.
If you have any allergies that aren't listed on the booking form, please contact us before booking to ensure we can cater for you.
What do I need to bring?
You'll need to bring clothes suitable for wet weather including good footwear / wellies, slippers for indoors and toiletries. You may also want to bring a notebook and pen. Bedding and towels will be provided.
Will I be able to get a lift?
Yes, we will contact everyone who has booked on the retreat to arrange lift shares. Please let us know if you need a space or if you are able to offer a space to anyone else.
Can I apply for a place using the bursary fund?
If you need financial support please contact your local Centre to see if they can provide help through their bursary fund.
Can I still attend if I am under 18?
Anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If this is not possible it will be necessary to provide written permission from a parent of guardian if you are under 18 and would like to attend. Please contact us before booking.