Meditation Retreats

You can do meditation retreats in the town – there’s no need to disappear to a cave! For those interested in deepening their meditation experience, the Centre offers regular one-day urban retreats. Retreats are designed to help us focus exclusively on a particular meditation practice without the normal distractions of everyday life. You are welcome to come to all the sessions or however many you can make.

TO BOOK: Please email

If you haven’t attended a retreat before and/or are new to Kadampa Buddhism, please email and ask for more information and advice before booking.

Each retreat has 3 sessions per day. Cost is £3 per session or £7 full day (unless stated otherwise) – Free for Gold Card holders.



Guru Yoga & Mandala Offerings Retreat

Sun 20 Oct 10:30am – 4pm

This retreat is an opportunity to practise offering mandalas. In this practice, we imagine a pure & peaceful world beyond suffering and offer it to others to create special causes for such a world to arise. The retreat is also a special method for making a connection with a Spiritual Guide and receiving their blessings.

We will provide an information sheet and diagram on how to offer a mandala. Each session consists of a teaching, prayers and silence for meditation and offering mandalas, either by imagination, or by creating rice representations. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

What do I need to bring for my mandala kit?
We have a couple of full kits here that can be used. Otherwise, feel free to bring a 1kg bag of rice, a small-medium sized plate and an 80cm square piece of cloth to contain the plate and rice (the cloth also catches the rice as you are making your mandala offerings). 

Session times:

TO BOOK: Please email



Happiness From Within – Countryside Away Retreat

at Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre, Pocklington, near York

Fri 15th – Mon 18th Nov (option to do Fri-Sun)

An unequalled opportunity to get away from life’s busyness and deepen your experience of meditation with this four-day meditation retreat held at the beautiful and inspiring Madhyamaka Centre near York. The retreat will be led by Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Paljin and Buddhist nun Kelsang Chogma; the Resident Teachers from Buddha Land Centre, Keighley and Ganden Centre, Halifax.




A retreat gives us the time and space away from our usual activities to gain a deeper and more stable experience of our spiritual practice.

This retreat will explore the development of Happiness From Within; helping to reduce stress and other un-peaceful minds.

The meditations will be guided and the retreat is open and suitable for everyone, regardless of experience. Each meditation session will begin with short prayers, then there will be a talk followed by the guided meditation. Supper on Friday evening is at 6pm and the retreat begins at 8pm Friday evening and end Monday lunchtime. It is possible to come just until Sunday lunchtime, see booking option below.


Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre, Kilnwick Percy Hall, Pocklington, York, YO42 1UF. Check out this stunning location at 



Gen Kelsang Paljin is the Resident Teacher of Buddha Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Keighley and Burnley Kadampa Buddhist Centre.









Kelsang Chogma is the Resident Teacher of Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Halifax.





Accommodation & Booking

Comfortable accommodation is provided in single, twin, double rooms or dorms (4-8 bed). Prices include accommodation, meditation sessions and three vegetarian meals per day.

If you book a twin or double room, please note that the price is per person. If you are wanting to share the twin/double room with a friend, they will need to also make a booking for a twin/double room. Please let us know their name by emailing

Please note that this is a non-refundable deposit, the balance will be due on arrival at Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre. If you are unable to attend for any reason please let us know so that we can try to allocate the room to someone else. You can contact us at

Thank you and we look forward to retreating with you!


PLEASE NOTE: Ticket price on the booking page is your 25% non-refundable deposit – the balance will be due on arrival. Full prices are below.

20% discount for Gold Card holders – please book and pay deposit and the discount will be deducted from your balance.

Single en-suite Fri-Mon £240

Single en-suite Fri-Sun £200

Twin en-suite Fri-Mon £210 (per person)

Twin en-suite Fri-Sun £180 (per person)

Single Fri-Mon £180

Single Fri-Sun £155

Twin/Double Fri-Mon £160 (per person)

Twin/Double Fri-Sun £140 (per person)

Dorm Fri-Mon £115

Dorm Fri-Sun £100





Purifying Our Past Mistakes

Sun 15th Dec

The purpose of this retreat is to purify negative karma and obstacles to our spiritual development by reciting the mantra of Buddha Vajrasattva. By engaging in this practice in conjunction with the four opponent powers, we can purify all our negative karma and become a pure being with a pure mind for the benefit of others.

This retreat will be partially guided by Kelsang Chogma.

Session times:

TO BOOK: Please email