Going deeper - women's hillwalking: Wild open heart
Moksadhi first came across Buddhism in Nepal and encountered Triratna at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre in 2013. After participating in a 5 month residential Dharma LIfe course at Adhisthana in 2016, she moved to London to immerse herself in Buddhist practice, living in community and working for Lama's Pyjamas charity shop. She completed her ordination training at the London Buddhist Centre, getting ordained at Akashavana in 2019. Moksadhi has a long standing love of the wilds of Scotland and has been involved in hill walking retreats at Dhanakosa since 2017. She joined the community at Dhanakosa in June 2020 to pursue her love of the elemental wilds in relation to her Buddhist practice more fully.
Subhanaya lives at Dhanakosa and heads up the House and Grounds team. She works in the garden, helping to tend this wild and beautiful place. She returned to live and work at Dhanakosa in 2018 after a period away, and originally moved up to Dhanakosa from the south east in 2014. The big landscape here holds her heart and provides a reflection of spaciousness which nourishes her practice. Subhanaya was ordained in September 2021.
Diana has been involved with the Glasgow Buddhist Centre since 2009 and has supported hillwalking retreats at Dhanakosa since 2012. Her love of wild places was kindled by her Dad in childhood, who ignited a life-long passion for hillwalking and adventure. Nature-based practice continues to deepen her imaginal relationship with geological ‘big time’, space and spiritual freedom. For Diana, experiences of being truly alive and open to both inner and outer landscape, whether in wilderness or urban conditions, are key to acting from kindness. Diana is currently training for ordination within the Triratna Buddhist Community.
Elise has been coming to Dhanakosa regularly since 2010 when she attended a yoga and meditation retreat and was hooked. She is a qualified hatha flow yoga teacher and massage therapist and should have completed the three year training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner™ by the time this retreat takes place. When not on the yoga mat Elise can often be found having adventures on her bike, in her kayak or out on the hills! She finds that being outdoors in remote and wild places helps her keep in connection with herself and others and is a fundamental aspect of her spiritual practice. Elise is training for ordination within Triratna.
An ideal first regulars retreat. These retreats take themes from our introductory programme and introduce a stronger Buddhist context through meditation, teachings, up to 3 days of silence, ritual and chanting.
Open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local Buddhist centre, is familiar with Buddhist practice and is looking to take it a bit deeper.
This retreat will take an embodied and heartful approach to exploring and deeply connecting with our experience – out walking in the hills, through movement practice and in meditation.
We will meditate indoors and outside, where exploring our senses and opening our hearts to an elemental connection with nature will guide us. We will continue to practice the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana and also introduce Buddhist ritual and the seven fold puja, with an emphasis on connecting with nature. Periods of silence together and quiet walks will all support a deep and rich experience of coming home to ourselves and the landscape that surrounds us, holds us and lives within us.
For more information please read the retreat information sheet.
2022 Covid-19 update: We expect to be running this retreat with a maximum of 21 people including the team. Before booking, please read our Covid pre-retreat information sheet here for more information about what to expect.
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