Unbind your Mind

Dates: from 26 July to 4 August, with two short options from 26 to 31 July & from 1 to 4 August

For 18-35 year olds

Join us on this youth retreat as we unravel the knots of our restless, grasping minds so we can discover freedom in our innate spaciousness and clarity.

Our journey begins by settling our minds with meditation, creating space to connect with our non-dual awareness and to investigate what we call "self", "ego", or "me".

In life we operate as if there is a solid, singular and independent "me" in control, driving our actions, analysing our experience and endlessly judging. Yet how often do we actually stop and directly look for this “self”? And what about everything else - the outer world, other people or ideas of beauty or freedom? Are they real, solid and something to ultimately depend on?

Looking a little closer, paying a little more attention, we might start to notice that things are not as they appear… and this could be the key to unbinding our mind. In fact, the Buddhist teachings show that the source of all our pain, anxiety and suffering is the absence of true knowledge of who we really are, together with its result, grasping to a delusory notion of "I" and "mine”, "self and other”.


Our retreat has two parts:

  • First, we will join the wider International Meditation retreat The Heart of Meditation (with extra youth sessions) from the 26th July evening till the 1st August midday.
  • Then we will transition into a more concentrated Youth Retreat exploring emptiness and selflessness from 1st to 4th of August.

While it is possible to attend one part only, we strongly recommend joining for both as they build on and complement each other.

The contributions asked for this Youth Retreat are made especially low in order to make it easier for you to attend. In addition to this, please take advantage of Rigpa’s Study & Practice grants (important reductions on food & accommodation and retreat contributions) OR our usual student discount coupon (only on retreat contribution).

More details about the two parts of the retreat and extra financial help can be found in the FAQs.


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The first part on the Heart of Meditation
will be guided by the two Rigpa Senior Teachers Ian Ives and María García Quesada and a team of other great teachers and instructors.

For the second part of our retreat
, the Rigpa Senior Teacher Dominique Side will be teaching in the morning and a team of Shyönnus will hold the other aspects of the program.

Lerab Ling Shyonnu Leo 6 inart


Rigpé Shyönnu is a community of young(-ish) people (between 18-35 years old) who share an interest in Buddhist thought and practice and get together a few times a year to explore our minds. Most of us have a connection to the Rigpa Sangha and we welcome people from all backgrounds. You can read more about Rigpé Shyönnu here.


Part One (26-31 July):
07.00 - 07.45 meditation session (optional)
07.45 - 09.00 breakfast
09.00 - 12.00 1st main session (with a short break)
12.00 - 12.30 physical exercise
12.30 - 15.00 lunch break
15.00 - 18.00 2nd main session (with a short break)
18.00 - 19.30 dinner break
19.30 - 20.15 evening meditation session

Part Two (1-4 August):
09.15 - 10.00 meditation and physical exercise
10.15 - 12.30 morning session  (with a short break)
12.30 - 15.30 lunch break
15.30 - 18.00 afternoon session (with a short break)
18.00 - 19.30 dinner break
20.00 - 21.00 extra sessions on some evenings


    Our commitment is for everyone who wishes to come to Lerab Ling, to have access to our programmes, whatever their financial circumstances. We offer different options for those who are unable to pay the standard contribution.

    More info about Lerab Ling financial support for attending our retreats/events.


    You can book your meals and/or onsite accommodation when registering for the retreat/event. For more information on our accommodation and meals click here

    Otherwise, there's also accommodations in surrounding villages


Event banner and group photo: © Léo Durand

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