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Rivendell Retreat April 2024

Rivendell Retreat April 2024

Friday 5 April 2024 – Sunday 7 April 2024 at Rivendell Retreat Centre

(Retreat organised by East Kent Buddhists and led by Vandanajyoti).

Dear Sangha Friends,

Booking is now open for our Sangha Retreat at Rivendell. The retreat will be led by Vanadanajyoti and a small team - the theme is ‘Shining Mind of Truth’ - we will be brushing up on our meditation practices.

Rivendell is quite a small retreat centre, and there are a limited number of places, so don't leave it too long if you would like to come.

If you would like to book please transfer £140 (£40 of this will be a non-refundable deposit) to our Triodos account. If you need to cancel  - please note that if it is done before 05/03/2024 we will refund you £100.

Triratna East Kent Buddhist Group

Account Number: 21391513

Sort Code: 16-58-10

Reference: (Please use your name, followed by ‘Retreat’, eg, ASmith Retreat)

When you have done this, it is essential that you email Karen at: as Karen is managing the bookings. (Please do not email EKBuddhists about your booking).

Geoff will once again be cooking us wonderful vegan food. 

The accommodation is shared rooms of 3-4 people. However it may be warm enough to camp if you wish. 

We look forward to seeing some of you there,

With love from the Team. 


We can now advise of the arrival time on 5th April. Please make your way to Rivendell for between 4:30PM-6PM, with dinner being served at approximately 6:30PM.

Vandanajyoti   Led by Vandanajyoti
More questions? Get in touch

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to have been practising?

The retreat will be suitable for anyone who is part of our sangha or a friend of our sangha.

Do I need to be a Buddhist?

Although our inspiration and practices come from Buddhist teachings, you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend or benefit from the retreat.

What does the cost include?

The retreat cost covers the full cost of the retreat, including all food. You will need to make your own way to and from the retreat (this is not included in the cost), and if you need assistance with this please let us know at time of booking as we can usually organise car-sharing or advise on public transport.

When does the retreat start and end?

The retreat will usually begin with dinner on the first evening - exact details will be provided ahead of each retreat. It is normally not advisable to plan to arrive later than the recommended time. If you think you might need to, please contact us before booking.

On the final day we will finish during the afternoon, again full details will be given for each specific retreat.

Our recent retreats have usually started on a Friday (late afternoon) and ended on a Sunday (early afternoon) of the same weekend.

What will the accommodation be like?

Each retreat provides simple, but comfortable accommodation. Living communally is an important and enjoyable part of the retreat. We will be in shared single-sex rooms with 2-4 people in each, and will eat together communally.

Living communally means caring for each other. The team leading the retreat are volunteers who are on retreat as well and we will ask you to help out with simple chores. Working together is a good way of getting to know each other, and it also helps us keep the cost of the retreat to a minimum.

Can I have a single room?

There is usually a restriction on the numbers of single rooms available (this will differ slightly according to where each retreat takes place). If you require a single room to be able to attend, please contact us before booking to ensure availability.

What will the food be like?

Many Buddhists eat a vegan diet as an expression of non-violence. As such, all food will be vegan.

If you have any allergies, please contact us before booking to ensure we can cater for you.

What do I need to bring?

Our English climate can be so variable, so bring clothes suitable for all weather: we suggest you bring layers as well as a warm jumper or jacket. You'll also need suitable shoes if you want to go for a walk.

In addition you'll need to bring any toiletries you need including a towel. It is also a good idea to bring a torch if you have one and you may also want to bring a notebook and pen.

Here is what some of our Sangha members said about a recent retreat with East Kent Buddhists…

"This was my first retreat with the East Kent Buddhist group, and I am so pleased that I signed up for it. It was inspiring to practice together over the course of a weekend, and really lovely to have time and space to build relationships with this warm and friendly group of people." ................................................... "Community and creating a network of friendships is something that Sangharakshita emphasises as vital dimensions for connection. Being in 'relationship' with other human beings offers deep richness and is a training ground for generosity, compassion, patience and forgiveness. Imagine a weekend surrounded by new friends who come from all walks of life and yet share a common spiritual practice, all committed to kindness - joining the East Kent Sangha for the first time on their weekend retreat was a gift and one that I look forward to experiencing again. I was made incredibly welcome and came away with a deep sense that we are all connected and we are all one Sangha - the only separation is that which we create in our own mind."

Where to Find Us

Join us: Rivendell Buddhist Retreat Centre, Chillies Lane, High Hurstwood, East Sussex, TN22 4AB

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