Sraddhadharani first began practising Buddhism in Manchester in the late '90's. A desire to explore her practise more deeply away from the distractions and demands of busy urban life lead to her moving to the Scottish Borders, where she has lived for the last 16 years with her partner and various dogs and cats. Her interest in and commitment to Buddhism continued to develop and thrive, helped by the beauty and peace of the surrounding landscape, as well as the many opportunities available within the Triratna Buddhist Community and she was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2013. She has a particular interest in meditation and has been co-facilitating a Meditation Group in her local village hall for the last 8 years. She also works as a dog walker and massage therapist and enjoys using ritual and ceremony as a way of bringing people together around shared values and experiences.


a heart as wide as the world

Friday, 18 October 2024 to Friday, 25 October 2024 2024

‘If happiness has not its seat and centre in the breast. We may be wise or rich or great but never can be blessed. No treasures, no pleasures can make us happy long. The hearts aye the part aye that makes us right or wrong’; so Robert Burns declared 200 years ago.

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photography and meditation

Friday, 20 September 2024 to Friday, 27 September 2024 2024

On this retreat we will be exploring our relationship to the landscape and the world around us. There will be minimal technical teaching on this retreat with the emphasis being very much on photography coming out of meditative experience (whatever that turns out to be!).

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Introductory weekend

Friday, 1 April 2022 to Sunday, 3 April 2022 2022

These retreats provide an excellent short introduction to both meditation and Buddhism. They will introduce you to two simple traditional meditation practices and give you grounding in the basic principles of Buddhism.  They are an ideal situation in which to take a fresh look at yourself and your life.

For more information read the retreat information sheet.

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Fire of Awakening ONLINE

Saturday, 13 February 2021 to Thursday, 18 February 2021 2021

The 3 lakshanas (Impermanence, Unsatisfactoriness and Insubstantiality) are a fundamental expression of the Buddha’s vision of Reality. In this teaching, the Buddha is pointing to the transformative effect of acknowledging, allowing, and opening to the ways in which we experience these 3 aspects of our lives and gives us practical advice on how to stay firmly on the path of practice and awakening.

The Green Buddha Online: Appreciative Mindfulness in Troubled Times

Saturday, 23 January 2021 to Thursday, 28 January 2021 2021

Smritiratna writes: "We live, it seems, in increasingly troubled times. Yet if we fall prey to fear, hatred, blame and conflict, things only get worse. Somehow we need the resources to find our feet, rise up and meet the challenges we face with courage and confidence, with strength and dignity, with creativity and compassion, with wisdom and the harmonising speech that builds concord and co-operation.

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Padmasambhava and the Heart of Awakening ONLINE

Saturday, 14 November 2020 to Thursday, 19 November 2020 2020

The retreat will draw on the inspiration of Padmasambhava, Tantric Guru, who was invited to Tibet to transform the deeper, more unruly forces of the mind.  Through meditation, silence and ritual we will explore the ‘Heart of Awakening’ practice which he taught.

The retreat will start on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. The programme for Sun – Wed will be:

padmasambhava and the vajra of awakening

Friday, 2 December 2022 to Friday, 9 December 2022 2022

This going deeper retreat will draw on inspiration from Padmasambhava, the original Tantric Guru, who guides us to transform the deeper, more unruly forces of our mind.

Padmasambhava is seen to be both a historical and mythic figure within Buddhism. He was a renowned Yogi, Dharma Teacher, Shaman, and Healer.

On the basis of mindfulness and metta, and with the support of silence and ritual, we will explore the practice of ‘just sitting’ where we open to direct experience and the heart of awareness.

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Mindfulness and the Path to Freedom

Friday, 17 January 2020 to Friday, 24 January 2020 2020

Far from just a means of relaxation, the Buddha’s teaching of mindfulness can bring new levels of meaning, direction and joy to our lives. We will be exploring some of the most relevant teachings for modern life, and how we can directly put them into practice as well as doing some gentle Qi Gong movements to help us inhabit our bodies more fully.

For more information read the retreat information sheet.


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Hillwalking and Meditation

Friday, 7 June 2019 to Friday, 14 June 2019 2019

Going Deeper retreats are an ideal first regulars retreat. They are suitable for anyone who has already done an introductory retreat or, who has been attending their local Triratna centre and wants to take things deeper. Going Deeper – with Hillwalking takes the established successful Hillwalking retreat format and by intensifying the practice enables us to connect more deeply with our experience both in the shrine room and, in nature.

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