Nayaka

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.

opening to life online

Saturday, 6 February 2021 to Thursday, 11 February 2021 2021

Buddhism is not about beliefs, it’s about the way we live our lives.  On these retreats we will explore traditional Buddhist teachings and meditation practices integrated with daily bodywork sessions and see how they apply directly to our body, heart and mind. 

Booking Fee: 
£50.00

Dependent Arising - The Spiral Path

Friday, 19 April 2019 to Friday, 26 April 2019 2019

The Buddha’s teaching of conditionality or dependent arising offers a way to understand the causes and conditions for suffering in our experience as well as for the ‘spiral path’, a sequence of stages of the path to liberation. This retreat will combine study of the Buddha’s teachings on the spiral path with discussion and meditation to make it all real.

For more information read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

dependent arising - study and practice

Friday, 31 March 2017 to Friday, 7 April 2017 2017

The Buddha’s teaching of conditionality or dependent arising offers a way to think about the causes and conditions for suffering in our experience, and about the causes and conditions for the path to liberation. This retreat will combine study of the Buddha’s teachings on conditionality with discussion and meditation to make it all real.

For more information, read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

going deeper - elemental awakening

Friday, 30 September 2016 to Friday, 7 October 2016 2016

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.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

a living mirror

Friday, 1 April 2016 to Friday, 8 April 2016 2016

An exploration of anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing in sixteen stages), aiming to engage the whole of our experience through sutta study and group discussion, meditation, and periods of silence. Moving through the stages of the anapanasati takes us deeper into a clear and still awareness, leaving us sensitive and open like a living mirror.

For more information, please read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

going deeper - awakening to reality

Friday, 2 October 2015 to Friday, 9 October 2015 2015

On this retreat we will explore the Buddha's four noble truths and eightfold path to awakening through talks discussion meditation, reflection and ritual.  There will be more silence, meditation and a stronger Buddhist context (including an introduction to and practice of 7-fold Puja) than on our introductory retreats. They are open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local centre and is looking to take their practice a bit deeper.

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

Mountain Biking and Meditation

Friday, 9 May 2014 to Friday, 16 May 2014 2014

Dhanakosa is an excellent base for cycling, and cycling, combined with basic meditation instruction and an introduction to the principals of Buddhism is an excellent way to connect a little more deeply with what it is to be alive.

There will be led cycle rides to suit all levels of experience. 

Booking Fee: 
£75.00

Men's going for refuge week

Friday, 3 December 2021 to Friday, 10 December 2021 2021

For men training for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Covid-19 update: At the current time we are expecting to be able to run this retreat with a maximum of 10 retreatants and 2 team members. We will be following physical distancing guidelines and have enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures in place.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

Walking and Nature Awareness

Friday, 8 October 2021 to Friday, 15 October 2021 2021

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.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00

Hillwalking and Meditation

Friday, 6 August 2021 to Friday, 13 August 2021 2021

Nature is for many of us an important source of spiritual nourishment in an increasingly busy world.  On these retreats we will combine traditional Buddhist teachings with the simple practice of spending time walking in the rich and beautiful landscapes that surround Dhanakosa.  Guided walk options will be available to suit all levels of fitness.

For more information read the retreat information sheet.

Booking Fee: 
£100.00