Smritiratna first took up Buddhist practice in 1977 at the age of 21 while studying Developmental Psychology at Sussex University. At 27, he began training in earnest with the FWBO and entered the Western Buddhist Order in 1991.

In 1996, he came to Scotland, joined the Dhanakosa project and spent five years on-site, teaching and house-keeping. In 2001, he gave up house-keeping to concentrate on study, contemplation and teaching. He now lives in a forest hut near Dhanakosa. He still leads Dhanakosa retreats and continues to delight in introducing meditation to newcomers.

Active Hope for Humanity ONLINE

Saturday, 24 April 2021 to Thursday, 29 April 2021 2021

Seeing the dangers confronting humankind these days, we can feel depressed, demoralised and helpless to avert disaster - or even to talk about such feelings. This retreat provides a space not only to talk but to explore an extraordinary sequence of reflections and communal practices that can rekindle an active hope and vision for humanity.

Men's Winter

Friday, 22 December 2023 to Friday, 29 December 2023 2023

We begin this retreat at the time of the Winter Solstice. Folk have been marking this special time since the deep past. For us, the coming of the light signifies faith in awareness prevailing over ignorance, humanity prevailing over inhumanity. This retreat is an opportunity to gather and re-affirm that faith through ritual, shared communication and restorative meditations.

Men (as self-identified) and non-binary people comfortable in a male gendered space are welcome.

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Yoga and Meditation

Friday, 2 July 2021 to Friday, 9 July 2021 2021

These retreats combine 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 suitable for complete beginners.

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Dance of the Elements: Tai Chi, Poetry and Meditation

Friday, 5 March 2021 to Friday, 12 March 2021 2021

This retreat is now running online. Click here for more information.

A retreat expanding our horizons through language (writing, voice and body).  Each move in Tai Chi is a metaphor.  The structured forms provide an inspiring backdrop for the creation of rhythmic patterns with words.  Tai Chi and poetry have much in common: form, structure, sensitivity and a striving towards essence.


21st century bodhisattva

Friday, 23 October 2020 to Friday, 30 October 2020 2020

Covid-19 update: At the current time we are expecting to be able to run this retreat with a maximum of 10 retreatants and 2 team members. We will be following physical distancing guidelines and have enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures in place.

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