2018 Community Retreat spaces available *Please enquire
2018 Community Retreat spaces available*Please enquire

What Exactly is a Retreat?

Retreats offer the benefit of physical, emotional and psychological withdrawal from the stresses and strains of everyday life: a chance to escape from the toxic effects of noise, information overload, unrealistic demands and the frantic busy-ness of 21st century living; to enjoy a safe haven in which to start to recover from trauma and to heal on all levels.

 

On retreat, life is simple. Every aspect of each day allows you to relax in a quiet environment in beautiful surroundings, often with walks and some form of meditation/quiet contemplation enabling you to go into a deeper, often ignored, part of yourself. They provide space in which to regain a sense of self, of calm, of sanity.

 

Whilst, in the main, a Retreat involves going to a place that affords privacy, peace and quiet, a true retreat is less about an actual place than about the energy. A personal retreat might simply be via a natural communing with nature in a beautiful, peaceful setting. However, most people prefer an organized Retreat.

 

Retreats have existed for centuries, usually linked with spiritual and personal development.

These days, one sees the term retreat used in connection with various relaxing breaks. The type and form of Retreat varies from purely religious ones, Buddhist silent meditation ones, sacred space spiritual ones, artistic/creative ones . . . plus those offering training workshops, complementary therapies, counselling yoga, meditation, spiritual development, life coaching etc.

Welcome

 

Anyone, from any faith or no faith at all is welcome to join us here. Our core values are sourced from basic Buddhist principles of peace, loving kindness, wisdom, compassion, non-harm and respect.

 

One of the basic beliefs of Buddhism is the conviction that happiness and good fortune are attainable to all, regardless of age, race or background. 

 

You don't have to think of yourselves as a Buddhist to come here, or have any intention of becoming one. Bring along an open mind and just see what emerges

 

"A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree"
                                                                 ~ Spike Milligan ~

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2016 Community

Find out more about how visitors got involved with our community in 2016.

Limousin

Discover the beautiful and rural region of Limousin in France.

2017 Retreats

Opportunities to join us at Sangha Retreat.

A few friends who have visited 

Just over an hour from Limoges in the rural heartlands of France hidden away within a peaceful and friendly community we discovered a collection of farm buildings. Built over 200 years ago in traditional style with locally sourced granite and oak timbers, the two charming cottages with adjoining barns are surround by one and a half acres of private land and sits amongst thousands of acres of forests and rolling farmland.​

 

Private land and mature gardens surround our rustic retreat and offer privacy and quiet, linger by the ponds or sit in the shade of the many trees. The winter offers its own appeal, however you may wish to spend time enjoying our roaring log fire.  

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Opportunity to grow

We are looking for a Retreat Manager from March 2018.

Free accomodation and living allowence paid to hands on, can do, mature individual (or couple) wishing to support and develop our community project. - minimum commitment three months.

Please write to us via our Contact Page for more information - Metta

 

Peace of mind - "the absence of mental stress or anxiety"

 
All living beings have the same basic wish to be happy and avoid suffering, but very few people understand the real causes of happiness and suffering.

We generally believe that external conditions e.g. material posessions and money are the real causes of happiness, and as a result we devote time and energy to acquiring these.

Superficially it seems that these things can make us happy, but if we look more deeply we shall see that they also bring us suffering and problems.

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