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4 Mar to 11 Mar 2022
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The five skandhas are a description of human experience often evoked in both early and later Buddhism to point to the nature of reality through reflection.  When tackled experientially this list that at first glance seems rather dry and abstract becomes rich and wondrous.  And, has the power to lead us to deep transformation.  On this retreat we will take a three levels of wisdom approach to the topic; using study to conceptually understand our topic just enough to support reflection, then diving into our direct experience we will familiarise ourselves sufficiently to support deeper meditation, enabling us to witness the unfolding of experience with a new sense of freedom.

The Skandhas are of course a description of the whole of our experience so as well as a substantial amount of time in the shrine room we will be encouraging an integrated and wholistic approach to practice specifically including periods of meditation and reflection outdoors where the full and sensuous experience of nature can gently lead us deeper.

For more information see the retreat information sheet

2022 Covid-19 update: We expect to be running this retreat with a maximum of 21 people including the team. We have put together a Covid-19 pre-retreat information sheet with more detail about what to expect, please read this before booking and in advance of coming on retreat.

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Paying for your retreat

Dhanakosa runs on donations

To book a retreat you pay a booking fee. This is the only fee we ask you to pay. Dhanakosa operates in the spirit of generosity, or dana (a Sanskrit/Pali word meaning giving or gift). This allows us to be open to anyone regardless of individual financial circumstances, by allowing people to pay what they can afford. Those who cannot afford our suggested donations are free to contribute what they can. All donations are gratefully received. See our dana economy page for more information.

Dhanakosa is continuing to lose money throughout this period of Covid-19 as we have reduced the number of places on each retreat.  Although we recognise that many people are suffering financial hardship and want to keep retreats on a donations basis, if you are able to give a little more than you would normally please consider doing so.

Suggested donations

The donations we collect from you on your retreat guarantee future retreats.

Booking fees for 2021/22:

  • £30 for online weekend
  • £50 for online week
  • £75 for weekend retreats
  • £100 for week/2 week retreats

Our suggested donations (in addition to the booking fee) for 2021:

  • Online weekend: £70 waged, £20 unwaged
  • Online week: £150 waged, £50 unwaged
  • Week retreats: £600 waged, £400 unwaged
  • Weekend retreats: £280 waged, £200 unwaged
  • 2 week retreat: £750 waged, £520 unwaged

Under the current circumstances we are asking people to make a donation in advance of arrival, either online or by phone. You can do this by phoning the office or donate online here. Please use the message section of the on-line form, or email us to let us know which retreat you are donating for.

It will also be possible to give a donation while you are here. Donations can be made by credit/debit card, cheque or cash.