West London Buddhist Centre

Weekend retreat at Othona

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  • Fri Jun 2nd 2023
  • Sun Jun 4th 2023
  • 7:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • Booking required
  • £250/£210/£170

Growing roots, eating fruit.

A very practical way of looking at the central Buddhist theme of conditionality. How we act, what we think, what we say are all effected by what has occurred previously (inside and out) and also effects what then unfolds.

We’ll spend the weekend exploring how our intentions create the roots for the fruit we harvest. By slowing down and being a bit more conscious about our intentions, we can cultivate a nourishing crop to sustain ourselves and others.

This is another opportunity to join the WLBC Sangha on a weekend meditation retreat at the lovely coastal venue of Othona, Bradwell-on-Sea, here earth, sea and sky come together to support our practice, inviting us to find space within and without.

A retreat is a great opportunity to take a break from our regular routine and create more space in both our inner and outer lives. Spending time in the countryside, we can connect with nature and enjoy the positive conditions that arise as we come together as a community, practising together, sharing meals, sharing talks and sharing walks with others on the retreat.

The programme will include talks, meditation, reflection and discussion as well as some chanting and ritual. Weather permitting, we will also do some meditations outside, including periods of walking meditation and standing meditation. There will be plenty of free time to go for walks or chat over a cup of tea with others on the retreat.

We are delighted to be returning to Othona. This retreat centre is in a beautiful, peaceful setting on the Essex coast, just a 5-minute walk from the sea, amid salt marshes, woods and wildflower meadows. Accommodation is simple but comfortable with some single rooms available and with delicious vegetarian and vegan meals cooked by the friendly and welcoming Othona community.

The retreat begins with supper at 7pm on Friday, 2 June and ends at 3pm on Sunday, 4 June.


Due to the train strike 2-3 June, there is now return minibus transport from the WLBC. We will leave by 12pm on Friday, 2 June. Cost is £60 or what you can afford. PLEASE contact us to book your seat on the minibus.

Offer a lift from London, please let us know. Need a lift: please let us know and we will contact you if there are any personal lifts available.


The easiest way to book is online - just click the button below.

Please make sure you have read all the details of the event, have made sure you are eligible to attend (eg for 'going deeper' events) and are willing to make any commitments that are required.

Bookings are fully refundable up to 7 days in advance. After that we cannot usually offer refunds.

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You can also book in person at the Centre, or by sending a cheque payable to West London Buddhist Centre along with your name, email and phone number and the name and date of the event to:

The West London Buddhist Centre,

45a Porchester Rd,

London W2 5DP

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

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