A place in which to meditate
In the words of our retreatants
- As someone new to the practice of meditation and never having been on retreat before I was a little apprehensive about coming to the Barn. But my week here has been wonderful. The caring staff and the beautiful surroundings come together to create a safe and loving space for people to move forward with their practice and explore any issues that may be present in their lives. This has been a really special week for me. Thank you.
- Anne (31), student liaison officer
Themed and Guided Retreats
The Barn also offers a number of themed retreats throughout the year, integrating such activities as yoga, qi gong, shiatsu or walking into the daily schedule.
Visiting teachers will in most cases give a class each afternoon, with the rest of the schedule remaining the same as for our regular retreats.
Please take a look at our retreat calendar to see which themed retreats we currently have planned.
Periodically the Barn hosts a visiting teacher who leads the week's retreat.
Teachers give talks on specific topics, offer guidance with meditation, and answer any questions that may crop up from retreatants.
The structure of the week remains largely the same as for a regular retreat, with any specific differences stated in the retreat description.
Recent guided retreats have included weeks led by Theravadan monks, Ajahn Jutindharo and Suvico, and a 'Dharma and Recovery' week with Kevin Griffin, exploring the links between the 12-Step recovery programme and Buddhist dharma. Teachers in the past have included Stephen and Martine Batchelor and John Peacock.
Please take a look at our retreat calendar to see which guided retreats we currently have planned.