Beginners’ Weekend Retreats

The following weekend meditation retreats are designed to help beginners. 

Everyone is welcome. Seating is either on chairs or cushions, whichever you prefer.
Accommodation prices include all meals and meditation sessions.

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29 June – 3 July
Learn to
Meditate Summer

21-23 September
Learn to

These weekend country retreats are ideal if you are seeking relaxation and gentle guidance to help you cultivate a spacious and balanced mind through meditation.  

Learn the very basics of meditation with step-by-step instructions on techniques that help you experience more inner peace.

The weekend is facilitated by experienced teachers within the relaxing environment of Madhyamaka KMC, a very beautiful and inspiring retreat and meditation centre in the Yorkshire Wolds.

Everyone is welcome to take part in these retreats. In fact, people from all walks of life realise the importance of integrating meditation in their daily lives. We make every effort to help you feel comfortable. The community is easy-going, friendly and welcoming. Seating is either on chairs or cushions, whichever you prefer. There are various accommodation options and their prices include all meals and meditation sessions.

Inspirational teaching, good food, and lovely company.
A thoroughly uplifting experience!

I will recommend it to my friends!

Wonderful weekend – peaceful, enriching, restorative…
and I made new friends too!

PROGRAMME FOR THE WEEKEND (example schedule)

The weekend schedule is relaxed, to give you enough time to rest, reflect, go for walks, or interact with others.

6pm Supper
7:30 – 8:45pm Introduction

8am Breakfast
9:30 – 10:45am Meditation Class
11:45am – 1pm Meditation Class
1pm Lunch
4-5:15pm Meditation Class
6pm Supper
7:30 – 8:45pm Q&A Session (option to attend Chanted Prayers for Spiritual Protection)

8am Breakfast
9:30 – 10:45am Meditation Class
11:45am – 1pm Meditation Class
1pm Lunch and departure


On retreats for beginners we use the following CDs.
They are very helpful to aid your daily meditation practice at home.
The CDs are available from the shop at Madhyamaka KMC (open 10:30am-4:30pm daily) and on-line (click below).


Please read this helpful explanation about meditation. It’s an excerpt from The New Meditation Handbook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

“The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful.

If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.

If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Usually we find it difficult to control our mind. It seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind – blown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well, our mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes unhappy. For example, if we get what we want, such as a new possession or a new partner, we become excited and cling to them tightly.

However, since we cannot have everything we want, and since we will inevitably be separated from the friends and possessions we currently enjoy, this mental stickiness, or attachment, serves only to cause us pain. On the other hand, if we do not get what we want, or if we lose something that we like, we become despondent or irritated.

For example, if we are forced to work with a colleague whom we dislike, we will probably become irritated and feel aggrieved, with the result that we will be unable to work with him or her efficiently and our time at work will become stressful and unrewarding.

Such fluctuations of mood arise because we are too closely involved in the external situation. We are like a child making a sand castle who is excited when it is first made, but who becomes upset when it is destroyed by the incoming tide.

By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency.

If we train in meditation systematically, eventually we will be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that are the causes of all our problems and suffering. In this way, we will come to experience a permanent inner peace, known as “liberation” or “nirvana”. Then, day and night in life after life, we will experience only peace and happiness.”

To read more on this subject, see The New Meditation Handbook, How to Transform Your Life, and The New Eight Steps to Happiness. These and other books are available from the shop at Madhyamaka KMC or online from Tharpa Publications.

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