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.
We are running a full programme of in-person weekends and retreats. However, we want to continue providing online events in addition when possible 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. Both our Danakosha and Rivendell retreats, for example, are specifically for Triratna regulars, as you will see whenever these are advertised.
Of course no prior writing experience is ever required.
Our 2023 programme so far
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.
16th September, 6.45 - 9.00 pm at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre: a Wolf at the Door Poetry Night. Ananda reading from his new collection, with Vishvantara, Rachel Ingrams, Satyadaka, Satyalila and more. Free, but please book so that we know numbers. Tickets and info here.
21st-22nd October: a writing weekend at the Nottingham Buddhist Centre. In person with Dharmavadana and Dayajava. Booking is not open yet but will be nearer the time, with information, on the NBC site here. Or phone the Centre for details and to ask when booking will be open.
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