West London Buddhist Centre

WLBC midweek ‘Going Deeper’ retreat at Vajrasana, Suffolk – ‘Touching the Earth’

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  • Mon Jun 25th 2018
  • Fri Jun 29th 2018
  • 7:00 pm
  • 11:00 am
  • Booking required
  • £240 Full waged / £200 Part waged / £180 Unwaged. There is a small and strictly limited number of low-cost bursary places available for those who cannot afford the retreat fee. Please contact the Centre office if you wish to apply.

Akshobya rupee at Vajrasana

Our midweek retreat will be held at the astonishingly beautiful retreat centre Vajrasana, situated in a spacious summer landscape of fields and open skies, and with a garden abundant with flowers, grass and trees. It’s a perfect context for exploring our theme of ‘Touching the Earth’, and an ideal time of the year to be on retreat.


‘Touching the Earth’ is the mudra (hand gesture) of Buddha Akshobya, who is playing a special role at our Centre this year. You’ll encounter him at Vajrasana, a serene figure seated on his lotus in a small pond near the entrance of the shrine room. The symbolic hand touching the earth refers to the historical Buddha calling the earth to witness his Enlightenment.

It is a deeply meaningful gesture. You could say that touching the earth is about being deeply aware of the earth through the body, through being grounded in awareness of the body. So during this retreat we’ll be spending a good deal of time listening to the body, and allowing the body to witness our efforts. We’ll be doing walking meditation to ground ourselves more and more, and will keep bringing our attention to the earth touching us and to the touch of the breath. Through noticing the sensations in the body, the mind can rest, calm down and eventually expand into much more positive states.

Please do join us, if you can, for this period of intensive practice, and be the witness of your own unfolding.

Open to anyone who has a basic understanding of Buddhism (eg from an Introduction to Buddhism course), and has learnt to meditate. Please contact the Centre if you’re unsure whether this retreat is suitable for you.


Full payment is required to make your booking. Please make sure you have read all the details on this page, and understand any specific commitments required before booking. Payments are non transferable but can be refunded up to 5 working days before the course starts (minus £20 cancellation fee). In the event of the course being cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

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Please either click on the ‘Book Online’ button above, or write a cheque payable to West London Buddhist Centre and send with your booking request to:

The West London Buddhist Centre,

45a Porchester Rd,

London W2 5DP

Please include your name, email and phone number with your booking.