The Meditation Retreat. - 

Bringing peace, presence and clarity into our lives.

Grounded in the Dzgochen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, which is known for its clarity, depth and simplicity, this retreat is a perfect occasion to explore tools for cultivating presence, peace and clarity, and to investigate how to bring these essential human qualities into our lives.

Held in the exceptional environment of Lerab Ling, which inspires calm and inner peace, this retreat offers the unique opportunity to take a break from everyday life and to enter into the experience of meditation.

Led by a team who have many years of experience in the practice of meditation and in guiding others, we will examine the timeless art of meditation practice through receiving clear instructions, guided practices and periods of silence. There will also be time for physical exercise and integration of meditation into movement – such as walking meditation – as well as plenty of opportunities for personal exchange and clarification.

This fresh and experiential approach is both for beginners as well as those who are already experienced in meditation and wish to deepen their practice. It is a perfect follow-up of Rigpa's What Meditation Really Is course.

PLEASE NOTE - for those who are not able to join the full retreat we offer a Weekend Option on 8 and 9 July.

The retreat is held by David Rycroft, Pascal Tanant, Frédéric Chastelas and Miguel Oramas. Read more about the team...

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The Instructors' Team

David RycroftDavid
is director of international education charity Mind with Heart. In this role he travels internationally speaking at conferences and training education professionals in Mindfulness and Compassion practices.

He has a Masters degree in Buddhist studies and currently specialises in studying and practising mindfulness.

Within Rigpa - as well as instructing on various courses - he is president of Rigpé Yeshé, Rigpa's children and teenager programme, and director of the Teen Shedra. He participated in the Three-Year Retreat in Lerab Ling (2006-2009) and has been a student of Sogyal Rinpoche since 1994.
David is also a practising artist.

pascalePascale Tanant
Pascale Tanant has worked as a primary school teacher in France since 1987. In recent years, she has worked more specifically with pupils who have behaviour difficulties. The school she works in welcomes children who do not speak French and with difficult social conditions.

For the last two years, Pascale has integrated mindfulness in her lessons with children aged 4 to 10, and has joined the team of the education charity Mind with Heart. Pascale is also trained in facilitating philosophical debates for children.

FredFrédéric Chastelas
After studying philosophy at the University of Montpellier, Frederic dedicated his life to the study and practice of Buddhism, during which time he met many great Tibetan Buddhist teachers in Europe and in the East. In 2006 he took part in the 3 year retreat at Lerab Ling under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche. Since then he lives at Lerab Ling and is part of the practicing community.

Since 2009 Frédéric teaches meditation during events organised by Rigpa and helped to develop a programme of personal retreat in Lerab Ling – offering the opportunity to discover or deepen the practice of meditation to anyone who is interested.

Frédéric is part of a team of instructors who hold regular courses and weekend events on meditation, compassion and other practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

Miguel Oramasmiguel oramas 2002 2
Miguel Oramas met Sogyal Rinpoche in the year 2000. Since then he has been a student of Rinpoche's, he participated in the three year retreat, he has completed his training as a Rigpa instructor, and parallel to this he has trained as a gestalt therapist. He now coordinates the Spanish speaking Rigpa Online Courses, the Rigpa Tenerife Centre, and works at his private therapy practice.

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