going deeper - elemental awakening
Nayaka - Nayaka came to Dhanakosa in 1996 after learning to meditate with the Newcastle Buddhist Centre. Drawn by the mountains, he quickly felt at home here and became increasingly involved in the running of the centre. He became part of the management team in 1999, was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 2001 and became centre director in 2006. He has a background in earth and life sciences, has a long standing interest in natural history and a love of the wilderness.
Nayaka lives at Dhanakosa with Dharmavasini and their 2 children.
Siddhimala lives and works at Dhanakosa as Retreat Centre Manager. She became involved with the Triratna Buddhist Community in 1992 and moved into a community in London before going to live and work at Taraloka retreat Centre in 1994 for 3.5yrs. She was ordained in 2002 and is inspired by the Bodhisattva ideal - a life in the service of a higher purpose.
She trained to teach Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) from 2008-11, which she finds a very helpful addition to the practice of mindfulness and meditation. She enjoys sharing her passions of Meditation, Dharma, walking, kayaking, music and the dance of countryside and wildlife.
An ideal first regulars retreat. These retreats take successful themes from our introductory programme, and gently introduce more silence, meditation, and a stronger Buddhist context through teachings and Buddhist ritual (including 7-fold puja).
Open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat, or has been attending a local centre, and looking to take their practice a bit deeper.
Drawing deeply on the landscape, and the sensual immediacy of our experience, we will explore the traditional Buddhist teaching of the six elements. We will see how this teaching provides a rich framework for reflection, gently transforming our sense of ourselves. This work will be set about with ritual, and the traditional Triratna approach to integration and positive emotion.
Many of the teaching, reflection and ritual sessions will take place in the grounds and landscape surrounding Dhanakosa, so you will need to be able to walk on uneven ground and sit outside in all weathers in order to participate fully.
For more information, please read the retreat information sheet.