Maitrivira has been participating in Dhanakosa retreats for 20 years. He brings a wealth of experience with him.

Yoga, embodied movement & meditation

Friday, 18 November 2022 to Friday, 25 November 2022 2022

These retreats combine introductory meditation teaching with a blend of traditional yoga and contemporary approaches to embodied movement. This playful synthesis of body based approaches to wellbeing (through meditation and movement) in the peaceful and beautiful environment of the retreat can help restore physical and mental vitality and balance in our lives.

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April half-day retreat: The Buddha and the Human

Wednesday, 14 April 2021 2021

April 14th 2021 10.15 - 13.00 (GMT)

You're welcome to join Maitrivira online for the April half-day retreat. We'll spend the morning exploring the theme 'The Buddha and the Human' through the practice of meditation, a short talk and small group reflections.

Please join us at 10.15 to settle and say hello. The zoom room will be locked at 10.30 and we'll stay online through to the end of the retreat at 1pm. As well as the meditation period there will be hourly breaks built in to refresh your energy. This is a chance to come together in shared practice once more. 

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Online weekend: Rewind, Refresh, Renew

Friday, 23 April 2021 to Sunday, 25 April 2021 2021

Introductory weekend: Rewind, Refresh, Renew

This online weekend will be an opportunity to explore what it means to practice meditation, what helps and how we may apply the practices to every moment in a day to give rise to the possibility of a more easeful happy life.   The weekend will include some gentle movement, meditation practice, discussions, exploration and sharing in smaller groups and is suitable for beginners and those already familiar with the practices.

padmasambhava and the vajra of awakening

Friday, 2 December 2022 to Friday, 9 December 2022 2022

This going deeper retreat will draw on inspiration from Padmasambhava, the original Tantric Guru, who guides us to transform the deeper, more unruly forces of our mind.

Padmasambhava is seen to be both a historical and mythic figure within Buddhism. He was a renowned Yogi, Dharma Teacher, Shaman, and Healer.

On the basis of mindfulness and metta, and with the support of silence and ritual, we will explore the practice of ‘just sitting’ where we open to direct experience and the heart of awareness.

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Elemental Body: movement, nature and meditation

Friday, 14 April 2023 to Friday, 21 April 2023 2023

In this going deeper retreat we will take an embodied approach to exploring our experience as elemental beings, alive in a living world. We will use dance and movement, alongside nature awareness practice and meditation to awaken our senses to the different elements of the surrounding landscape, cultivating a deeper sense of connection to ourselves and our world.

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A heart as wide as the world

Friday, 11 August 2023 to Friday, 18 August 2023 2023

"If happiness has not its seat and centre in the breast. We may be wise or rich or great but never can be blessed. No treasures, no pleasures can make us happy long. The hearts aye the part aye that makes us right or wrong"; so Robert Burns declared 200 years ago. We will focus on meditations of the heart; practice exercises that will lead us into the hidden depths and treasures that lie in our hearts; explore the heart opening potential of living for a week in spiritual community with like-minded people.

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Wild Swimming, Embodied Movement & meditation

Friday, 16 June 2023 to Friday, 23 June 2023 2023

This retreat will take a playful approach to reconnecting with the body through the elemental experience of water and through movement. Each day we will have the opportunity for several swims in the local lochs and rivers as well as other explorations of water and wet places. We will be using movement to support embodiment and connection. There will also be introductory meditation teaching, daily collective meditation practice, and a practical contemporary look at some traditional Buddhist teachings.

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walking and nature awareness

Friday, 8 July 2022 to Friday, 15 July 2022 2022

On this retreat we will explore how our connection with nature, landscape, and the elements can support a deepening of awareness and a more embodied and harmonious approach to life.  We will weave together Buddhist teachings, meditation practice, mindful walking and an appreciative and playful investigation of the natural world around us to create an experience of depth and connection.

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Qi Gong and Meditation

Friday, 19 May 2023 to Friday, 26 May 2023 2023

Qi Gong is rapidly growing in popularity as a practice which helps to generate more energy and vitality; promotes self-healing and inner harmony; and can improve levels of health considerably. Many people benefit from having a movement practice to accompany and support their sitting meditation practice. Meditation is an integral component of Qi Gong, and they complement each other beautifully.

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