Balajit (he/him) has been leading retreats and events across the UK for around 17 years. For several years he lived and worked at Vajraloka Retreat Centre in North Wales.

He is currently based in Birmingham, where he mixes Buddhist teaching responsibilities with work as a trauma therapist. He has studied and practised the newly emerging psycho-biological approaches to trauma work-and is qualified in Somatic Experiencing, NARM therapy and SHEN Therapy.

In the past few years, Balajit has been exploring the intersection of trauma, the human nervous system and the ancient teachings of the Buddha. Buddhist practice presents a opportunity to work through and release the forces that keep our hearts closed. 

His teaching focuses on the core teachings of the Buddha as outlined in the ancient texts. He particularly emphasises the importance of body awareness and embodiment, both in meditation and in everyday life. So that insights and shifts impact actual behaviour of body, speech and mind, rather than just being understood as ideas and concepts.

hillwalking and meditation

Friday, 11 September 2015 to Friday, 18 September 2015 2015

Nature is for many of us a vital source of spiritual nourishment in an increasingly busy world.  On these retreats we will combine traditional Buddhist teachings with the simple practice of spending time walking in the rich and beautiful landscapes that surround Dhanakosa.  Guided walk options will be available to suit all levels of fitness.

For more information, please read the retreat information sheet.

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mindfulness, the path to freedom

Friday, 26 June 2015 to Friday, 3 July 2015 2015

On this retreat we will be exploring some of the core principles of Buddhism and meditation. In particular, how the Buddha’s clarity on the human condition can bring more meaning, richness and purpose to our lives. The teaching will seek to keep things simple and direct, so practical and relevant to the challenges of modern life in the west.

Over the course of the retreat you will learn two main meditation practices – the mindfulness of breathing and the metta bhavana (loving kindness). These practices help us develop calm, positive and alert states of mind.

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going deeper: hillwalking

Friday, 22 August 2014 to Friday, 29 August 2014 2014

An ideal first regulars retreat. Enjoy the simple practice of spending time walking in the rich and beautiful landscapes that surround Dhanakosa, while being gently introduced to more silence, meditation and a stronger Buddhist context through teachings and Buddhist ritual (including 7-fold Puja), then our introductory retreats.

Guided walk options will be available to suit all levels of fitness.

Open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local centre and is looking to take their practice a bit deeper.


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yoga and meditation

Friday, 27 June 2014 to Friday, 4 July 2014 2014

This retreat combines introductory meditation teaching with yoga. The supportive atmosphere of the retreat allows us to develop and deepen both practices, and understand how the two augment each other.

Both meditation and yoga teaching will be from first principles and will be suitable for complete beginners.


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