Wolf at The Door workshops and retreats are run by a group of friends within the Triratna Buddhist Order: Dharmavadana, Dhivan, Padmacandra, Satyadaka, Satyagita, Varasahaya, Vidyacitta and Vishvantara co-lead weekends and retreats in various combinations in the UK and further afield, while Satyalila concentrates largely on Order and other special events. Profiles of the team are here.
As long as no new Covid restrictions come into force, we hope now to put on our usual programme of in-person events. But we want to continue laying on online weekends in addition when we can as they enable people to take part in Wolf who otherwise could not. Please see below for details concerning individual events. Please also check the websites of host Centres for updates.
A note on booking requirements: Most of our weekend events are open to complete beginners in terms of meditation, Buddhism, or the Triratna Community. However, this may vary from Centre to Centre, so please check this when you book. For our longer retreats, we do ask for experience of meditation and ritual, and often for specifically Triratna Community experience. Such events are not aimed at beginners and include more meditation and ritual than our weekends. We need to be able to rely on retreatants having familiarity with our approach to practice, as well as with Triratna ethics and ethos, in order for the retreat to unfold harmoniously in the deepening ways we hope for. Immersion in the potent combination of personal writing and meditation in a retreat context can be challenging, and we do not wish to expose anyone to such a situation unprepared. You will see for example that both our Danakosha and new Rivendell retreats are specifically for Triratna regulars. See below for details on these.
Of course no prior writing experience is ever required.
Our 2022-23 programme so far
10th-11th December: a weekend at the West London Buddhist Centre. In person with Padmacandra and Dharmavadana (please note change of leaders: Dharmavadana standing in for Satyagita). More information - now with a short video from the team! - and booking here.
26th-29th May: a long weekend's retreat at Rivendell Retreat Centre, near Uckfield, East Sussex, with Dharmavadana, Vishvantara and Padmacandra. This is a new event which we are very excited about. It marks our return to this wonderful retreat centre in Sussex, after a gap of some years. More information and booking here.
30th June - 7th July 2023: a week's retreat at Dhanakosa Retreat Centre, near Balquhidder, Scotland, with Dharmavadana, Padmacandra, Satyadaka and Satyagita.
Write and meditate by the shores of beautiful Loch Voil.
When we lead the Dharma life and move towards a more fully human one, the imagination is an essential part of that journey. Wolf at the Door offers you the chance to adventure in the Imagination through the practice of writing, meditation and ritual.
No prior experience of writing is needed. Note that we do ask that you are familiar with the basic Triratna meditations and puja and have a regular practice as meditation is not taught on the retreat. You should also have been on retreat previously. Our week-long retreats can be intense and go quite deep, and we have found that if participants do not have a sound level of experience, they run into difficulties.
More information and booking on Dhanakosa's website here.
Please do email us at Wolf at the Door with any queries or for more information. Go to our Contact page under the More menu.
If you'd like us to run a workshop at your Buddhist centre or retreat centre, or anywhere near you, please get in touch with us.
Meanwhile, do remember Manjusvara’s two excellent books Writing Your Way and The Poet’s Way, both available from Windhorse Publications