MEDITATION CENTRES AND GROUPS
Gaia House is a silent meditation retreat centre in Devon which offers a year-round programme of weekend and week-long group retreats in the Insight tradition as well as long-term solitary and work retreats. Retreats are designed for both experienced meditators and beginners, of any faith or none, who seek to cultivate a path of wisdom and compassion. Retreats explore the essential themes of calm attentiveness, equanimity, insight, peace and freedom.
London Insight Meditation
London Insight Meditation offers a programme of one and two day retreats, workshops, teacher interviews, courses and other events in the Insight Meditation tradition. Experienced teachers associated with Gaia House lead most events.
Milton Keynes Insight Meditation
Milton Keynes Insight Meditation offers a range of daylong and 1/2 day classes as well as drop-in classes and 5 week meditation courses in Milton Keynes based on the Insight Meditation tradition. All events are suitable for beginners or those with some experience of meditation.
Sheffield Insight Meditation
Sheffield Insight Meditation offers retreats led by teachers associated with Gaia House Retreat Centre, courses and regular sitting groups for meditation practice.
Bristol Insight Meditation
Bristol Insight Meditation offer retreats led by teachers associated with Gaia House Retreat Centre, courses, weekly evening and daytime sitting groups and a monthly self-led day of meditation.
Southsea sangha is an open access peer led community offering a weekly meditation group and occasional courses and retreats with dharma teachers from a range of Buddhist traditions.
Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire, offers retreats and events in the Theravada Thai Forest tradition inspired by the teachings of the late Ajahn Chah. Also many audio and video resources on the website.
Satipanya Buddhist Trust – Bhante Bodhidhamma
The Satipanya Buddhist Trust, located in Shropshire is grounded in the Buddhist tradition of Theravada as practised in South-East Asia. The centre offers insight meditation retreats in the tradition of the Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. The website has many recordings of dharma talks and guided meditations.
Anukampa Bikkuni Project – Venerable Canda
The Anukampa project was set up to promote and raise funds to build the first ‘forest tradition’ nun’s monastery in the UK. Venerable Canda offers online sessions each week. There are also many recordings of talks by Venerable Canda, Ajahn Brahm and Ajahn Brahmali on the website.
Moulin de Chaves Retreat Centre
This centre in rural SW France offers retreats led by Martin Aylward and other teachers of insight meditation and related practices.
The Oxford Mindfulness Centre
The Oxford Mindfulness Centre is a centre of excellence within Oxford University that has been at the forefront of the research and development in the field of mindfulness. It offers training and mindfulness courses and promotes the benefits of mindfulness globally. This site also has a number of excellent resources on mindfulness. The centre offers mindfulness sessions online on Wednesday nights led by different teachers.
SanghaSeva – Meditation in Action
SanghaSeva focuses on combining the inner activity of meditation with the outward movement of interaction through participation in humanitarian and ecological projects. They offer retreats, including online retreats and regular online meetings.
Bodhi College is dedicated to contemplative learning, it’s teaching is inspired by the Dharma as found in the earliest Buddhist texts. The focus is on offering courses and retreats that offer an in-depth exploration of these teachings.
Freely Given Retreats
Freely Given Retreats aims to make Insight Meditation retreats available to everyone regardless of their financial situation. They offer a mix of one day and longer retreats mainly in the south west of the UK.
Inward Bound Mindfulness Education UK (iBme)
iBme offers in depth mindfulness retreats for young people. Mindfulness is introduced through guided meditation, mindful movement, small group discussions, and fun group activities.