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It is hard to appreciate the importance of going on retreat for one week or more until you have done it.
With a longer retreat, you have time to enter into a different mind "space", fully let go of concerns related to your outside life, and enter more deeply into meditation and reflection.
There are several retreat centres in the UK and abroad that offer longer group retreats.
A useful resource is Going on Retreat: a website that collates the retreats from 8 retreat centres in the UK to make it easier to find one dates and level to suit you.
The Centres that it serves are:
Padmaloka Retreat Centre for men in Norfolk. It hosts a wide variety of retreats exploring Buddhism, Buddhist Meditation and yoga. The retreats at Padmaloka are suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners to advanced, and you don't have to be a Buddhist to benefit from them.
Tiratanaloka Retreat Centre for women. It is situated in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. These retreats are for Dharmacharinis (Ordained members) and women training for ordination.
Vajraloka Retreat Centre in N. Wales is dedicated to Buddhist meditation practice and teaching.
Dhanakosa Retreat Centre in Scotland, 15m from Callander, is an ideal place for learning meditation and complimentary activities like yoga, tai chi, hillwalking, and shiatsu. Dhanakosa provides a quiet and beautiful setting for retreats.
Rivendell Retreat Centre in Sussex, in south-east England, is within easy reach of London and Brighton. They offer a varied programme of meditation retreats throughout the year.
Taraloka Retreat Centre for women in Shropshire offers residential events throughout the whole year to women from all over the world. Our programme includes weekends for women new to Buddhism and meditation; yoga, writing or gardening retreats; and intensive study and meditation retreats attracting women practitioners from a variety of Buddhist traditions.
Vajrasana Retreat Centre is the London Buddhist Centre’s retreat venue in Suffolk. They run a wide variety of retreats exploring Buddhism, Meditation, Yoga and the Arts. The beautiful countryside makes this an ideal location. The retreats cater for anything from ten to forty people.
Buddhafield is a collective of men and women who teach meditation and Buddhism at various festivals, and run a number of retreat camps eash year mostly in the SW region of the UK.