Vajrasara is an experienced retreat leader and certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication, and Focusing. She leads workshops in skilful communication, conflict resolution, team-building and empathic listening. She also works as an Integrative Counsellor and mediates between those in dispute. Vajrasara’s work is influenced by an interest in nature, poetry and psychology. She’s also keen on singing, writing, running and friendship. She spent 17 years at the London Buddhist Centre, where she worked in a Buddhist women’s cafe team, then ran the FWBO Communications Office. Eight years ago she moved to Somerset with Nagamudra, and set up the Frome Buddhist community. Vajrasara joined the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1999.
Siddhimala 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 and at Dhanakosa in 2014 for 4 years. 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.
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.
Want to speak out freely and easily? Deepen the art of listening? Tackle difficult conversations with confidence?
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offers skills to open our hearts, be more alive to our values and, to express ourselves without blame or guilt. Communication input will be interwoven with meditation, simple ritual, some periods of silence, free time and fun. Vajrasara is a certified NVC trainer and experienced retreat leader.
For more information, please read the retreat information sheet.