retreats at the centre

There is no better way to give yourself a break from the daily routine and reassess your life, than by engaging in a meditation retreat. Retreat provides an opportunity to gain a deeper experience of meditation. On retreat we withdraw from our usual routine and structure our time and conditions so that we can get the most out of our meditation.

Kalpa Bhadra Centre offers a program of weekend and weeklong retreats held at the Centre at various times of the year. The retreats are usually self guided but often include an introductory talk and instruction during the retreat if required. All retreats are suitable for beginners or those who are more advanced. ..

Each session lasts for an hour and a half and consists of chanted prayers and mantra recitation. You can attend any or all of the sessions and there is no need to book. Please check our calendar on the home page for updated session times.

During retreat everyone is asked to maintain silence from after the last session at night until after the second session the next morning. There is no charge for the unguided retreats – donations welcome.

Session times:
7.30am – 9.00am
10.30am – 12.00pm
4.00pm – 5.30pm
7.30pm – 9.00pm


Amitayus 2_transparentAmitayus Retreat  3 – 4 February 2018

On this two day retreat we have the opportunity to increase our lifespan, wisdom and positive energy, through the special mediation practice of Buddha Amitayus.

Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, merit and wisdom. By engaging in Amitayus practice, we can develop these qualities and eventually attain the deathless state of enlightenment. We can also use this practice to help remove obstacles endangering the lives of others, especially our family and close friends. 
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Nyungne Fasting and Purificaton Retreat  31 March – 1 April 2018Avalokiteshvara (1000-armed) 2

Nyungne is a special fasting and purification retreat which is done in conjunction with the Buddha of Compassion spiritual practice. Through fasting we can understand the sufferings of others and increase our compassion for them, as well as purify our own negative karma.

On the first day of the retreat we abstain from all meals except for a vegetarian lunch and drink only water. On the second day we abstain from all food and drink for twenty four hours.

Vajrasattva 2_transparentVajrasattva Purification Retreat  2 – 8 June 2018

Vajrasattva is the Buddha of Purification. In our previous lives while under the influence of delusions, we accumulated a lot of negative karma. As a result we now experience suffering and difficulties in our lives.

By deepening our reliance on Buddha Vajrasattva we will cleanse our mind of delusions, negativity and obstacles. Through special meditation and mantra recitation we have the great opportunity to purify our mind quickly, so that we can make swift progress on the spiritual path. Read more

Mahayana Refuge Retreat  20 – 26 August 2018

Going for refuge means finding protection from our problems by developing special Dharma realizations with the help of Buddha’s blessings and encouragement from our Sangha friends. If we go for refuge we are entering the Buddhist path to liberation and enlightenment.

On this retreat we deepen our practice of refuge in the Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Only the Three Jewels have the ability to protect living beings from all suffering.

Guru Yoga and Mandala Offering Retreat  15 – 21 December 2018

Engaging in the practice of Guru Yoga together with making mandala offerings creates a vast collection of merit through which we can receive the powerful blessings of our Spiritual Guide and fulfill our spiritual wishes.

Making mandala offerings is a very beautiful and powerful way to accumulate merit and good fortune. Without merit in our minds our spiritual goals are difficult to attain.

The Oral Instructions of the Mahamudra Retreat 3 – 8 January 2018

These precious instructions were given to Je Tsongkhapa directly by Wisdom Buddha Manjushri. Since then they have been transmitted through a continuous unbroken lineage and are now held by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, who is the living lineage holder of these instructions. This is a special opportunity to train in the four great preliminary guides and the five stages of Mahamudra based on the Oral Instructions of Mahamudra. Mahamudra Tantra is an extraordinarily uncommon Buddhist practice, perfect for modern day practitioners wishing to take the essence of their human life by following the path to enlightenment.

This fully guided retreat will be held at the Centre.