Vajradarshini started practising Buddhism in 1988 and since 1997 has been teaching and leading retreats in the UK, Europe and the US. She recently started ‘Red Ladder Studio’ as a way to focus on the connection between art and dharma, between meditation and creativity. More details:

Life of Objects - wabi sabi & animism

Friday, 11 March 2022 to Friday, 18 March 2022 2022

Fall in love with life again. A Retreat on the Art of Perception.

When we realise that what we experience is not the ‘thing out there’ but our own perception, our relationship with things is suddenly changed. The teapot and the bowl are no longer objects separate from us, but alive and intimately connected to us, even a part of us.

“Picking violets by the side of the road,

I forgot my begging bowl.

How sad you must be, my poor little bowl.”


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Wabi Sabi - ordinary beauty

Friday, 29 October 2021 to Friday, 5 November 2021 2021

Wabi sabi is an aesthetic, which finds beauty and truth in our simple, ordinary experience. It originated in Japan in the 16th century when the term ‘wabi’ referred to poverty, ‘sabi’ to loneliness. At that time, while hermits were living this poor and lonely life, a cultural shift happened and this simplicity of living took the place of luxury as the highest aesthetic.

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