West London Buddhist Centre

The Taste of Freedom: Weekend retreat at Othona, Essex

Published in Calendar for all events, Retreats

  • Fri Mar 22nd 2019
  • Sun Mar 24th 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • Booking required
  • £190 Full waged / £160 Part waged /£130 Unwaged / Bursaries available

Just as the mighty ocean has one taste, the taste of salt,
so the Buddha’s teaching and way of life has one taste, the taste of freedom.
– The Buddha

Spend a weekend letting go into that flavour of liberation at Othona retreat centre on the shore of the mighty, salty ocean in Essex. There’ll be a simple programme of meditation, talks, study/discussion groups and devotional practice, with plenty of time to do nothing, go for walks or hang out together.

Going on retreat is one of the most powerful of Buddhist practices – taking time and space, surrounded by nature, to let go of the pressures of daily life and allow the mind naturally to relax and open. Othona is a comfortable but simple, ecologically sensitive retreat centre about two hours drive from WLBC – a beautiful, peaceful just a few metres from the beach, amid salt marshes, woods and wildflower meadows.

The weekend is a chance to come back to ourselves and reconnect with what’s most important in our life; a chance also to connect with others, finding mutual support and friendship as we live together in harmonious community. In conditions like these, even just a few days can have a strong and surprisingly lasting effect. All welcome.

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 if you wish to apply.


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

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