Ratnadevi joined the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1982 and has been leading retreats at Dhanakosa and other retreat centres since then, on a regular basis. Originally from Germany, she spent 5 years at Taraloka retreat centre for women and now lives in Glasgow where she teaches Yoga.
Since 2004 she has been facilitating MBCT courses and retreats; training and supervising healthcare professionals; teaching mindfulness skills at Caledonia University to social work and psychology students, as well as offering one-to-one sessions.
She is also a writer, visual artist and musician, holds an arts-based PhD and tends an allotment. She seeks to bring an attitude of playful enquiry to all aspects of her work. Her website can be found at www.livingmindfulness.net
Larry Butler was born in Illinois and has been living in Glasgow since 1981. He has been leading retreats at Dhanakosa since the early nineties when it first opened. His day job is teaching tai-chi in healthcare settings including the Maggie Cancer Care Centre where he also facilitates a therapeutic writing group.
His passions are poetry,dance, drama, gardening and wild swimming. He's the editor for Playspace Publications , a published poet and researcher for Art in Health.
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
This retreat explores how we can shift towards a more mindful way of being that really will make a difference to the way we live and experience ourselves. We will learn about the place of mindfulness within a Buddhist context and experience the joys (and challenges) of meditation. The gentle movement of yoga and Tai Chi, as well as some reflective writing, will support us on this journey of discovery.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.