Bhante, Blake, and Vision

10 – 17 may | led by Ratnaprabha, Satyalila, Amitajyoti, Aryavachin + Prakasha (conditions permitting)

A long-standing part of the Adhisthana programme, this retreat draws on our imaginations and creativity to integrate dharma practice and practitioners with the new (to Buddhism) cultural context of the Western tradition. Expect personal exploration through gateways such as drawing, painting, writing, communication, meditation, guided journeys, ritual, and song. The event will be held within the supportive context of a spiritual community.

This year’s theme will be ‘vision’, the subject on which Bhante most often referred to Blake. This retreat is an opportunity to learn from and enter into that vision and play and transform in its light.  

Suitable for those familiar and unfamiliar with the work of William Blake.


My Spectre stands there white as snow;
Whate’er I ask, he answers ‘No’.
Till I can melt him with my fire
He blocks the path of my desire.

My Emanation, weak and poor,
Lies outstretched upon the floor.
Till I can claim her for my own
Both of us must howl and groan.

Therefore will I, all I can,
Build up complete the Fourfold Man,
Head and heart, and loins fine,
And hands and feet, all made divine.

Banish single vision far!
With double vision ever war!
Fourfold vision night and day
Light and guide you on your way.

In that fourfold vision bright
See the whole world with delight.
Rock and stone, and flower and tree,
And bird and beast, are men like thee.

Men like thee, and women too,
Androgynous, ever-new –
Divine Imaginations free
Exulting in Eternity.

Sangharakshita, 1970s

Reception is from 4pm on the day of arrival, with the retreat beginning with supper at 6pm.

While you’re here you will be participating in communal life. This includes meditating with everyone on site in the main shrine room in the morning, taking part in daily tasks and at the end of your retreat you will help us to prepare the retreat centre for the next group to join us.

With this in mind, the retreat will finish after the clear-up, so if travelling on public transport, please book a train after 11am.

The deposit for all our events is non-refundable and non-transferable under all circumstances. For this event, the deposit is £70.

For: Order Members

Start date: 10th May 2024
End date: 17th May 2024
Event Type: Residential

Price: Standard £325  |  Concession £265  |  Financial Assistance £210
Non-refundable deposit: £70 (included in prices above)

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