hillwalking and meditation
Amoghavira first encountered Buddhism in 1979 while struggling through a mathematics degree at Glasgow University. Ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 1982 he then started working at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre.
He worked for 2 years at the Sydney Buddhist Centre in Australia from 1988, and on his way back to Britain in 1990, spent 3 months in Kathmandu helping run meditation and Buddhism course there. Falling in love with Nepal, he’s been a regular visitor there ever since.
In 1996, he moved to Dhanakosa to help with retreat leading here, which he’s been doing ever since. He loves being in the mountains and this has led to a passion for landscape photography and he now lives in the village of Callander, about 15 miles from Dhanakosa.
Padmadarshini - I have long been interested in exploring and working with the body. Since being a teenager coming into my body through movement has been a way of resourcing myself.
I have taught yoga at Bodywise in Manchester for many years now. During this time both my personal practice and approach to teaching have changed and evolved ongoingly. It has been important to me to see the practice as a process of enquiry, exploration and creativity. This has drawn me to study with various teachers over the years and I am particularly grateful to Sarah Powers and Donna Farhi for the rich teachings I have received from them.
More recently I have been exploring somatic based practices: I am in my 3rd year of studies with the Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy. As part of this I am enjoying exploring the rich practice of Authentic Movement. I am interested in discovering how the body can be a 'doorway' into listening to ourselves and can help us find a deeper, more open, easeful relationship to our experience. We could say that the body holds our life story and I am curious about how we can access the images and messages in the body that we need to creatively unfold our story both personally and collectively
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
Nature is for many of us an important 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 read the retreat information sheet.