Life After Retreat

After you complete your retreat or course with us you might like to continue your learning and build on your practice in a number of ways.

Here we have collected a series of resources which might be supportive to you on your path.

Daily Practice

We asked our teachers, trustees staff and participants if they were willing to share what their daily practice looks like as an inspiration. Here is what they responded.

 

Connect with others in your area by joining a sitting group

Some organisations with good lists of local sitting groups are:

Global:

https://secularbuddhistnetwork.org/the-sbn-community/

https://www.dharma.org/resources/meditation-centers-and-communities/

UK:

https://gaiahouse.co.uk/after-a-retreat/

https://www.londoninsight.org/meditation-groups/

Germany:

https://buddhastiftung.org/meditation/

Switzerland:

https://karuna.ch/regionale-gruppen/

https://www.schweiz-in-stille.ch/

Spain:

https://espaisati.org/

Start your own sitting group

Gaia House has some good resources for anyone looking to do this

https://gaiahouse.co.uk/local-meditation-groups/setting-up-a-meditation-group/

 

Join one of our online community groups

Bodhi College runs its own regular, sangha sessions in the form of the bi-monthly Uposathana Sangha. It’s free to join, with teacher dana invited and is timed to take place on the evening of the full and new moon each month. See more here.

Look out for our facilitated mentoring sessions or sangha seminars running at different times of the year also – go to our 2023 Programme.

Bodhi College has also facilitated three community groups of sangha members online which are self run. Usually, members meet regularly online to have a sit and check in together and share thoughts and ideas around a chosen theme. The groups have around 10 – 15 members, are free and take place on the following days and times:

Group 1 – meeting every three weeks on Wednesday at 1:00pm GMT/BST

Group 2 – meeting every three weeks on Wednesday at 7:30pm GMT/BST

Group 3 – meeting every three weeks on Wednesday at 7:30pm GMT/BST

The groups have openings for new members from time to time. If you are interested in joining one please send us an email on admin@nullbodhi-college.org, stating your name, the reasons why you would like you join a community group, your practice background and group preference. If none are open for new members at the moment you’ll be added to a waiting list and informed once they have ready. Please note, as these groups are all self-run by their members, these are not facilitated by Bodhi College.

To find out more about what it’s like to be in a Community Group, one of the participants, Luke Tinson has written a short piece about this here.

Continue your learning and build on your practice with one of our self-study courses

We have a number of distance-learning courses available online with Tricycle. These are created by our teachers and allow the student to go at their own pace. Topics range from the Four Noble Truths to Secular Dharma.

See them all here.

We also have recordings from our courses which are available on our website for you to access. See them all on our programme page here, under the section ‘E-courses for self study’.

You can also join our Uposatha Sangha which meets online every full and new moon.

Listen to talks from our teachers online – available for free or low cost.

We have a brilliant range of talks from all of our teaching body plus guest speakers – recorded from our Thinking Out Loud series which took place throughout the restrictions of the Covid pandemic.

The talks are around two hours long, can be downloaded to whichever device suits you best for listening, and are offered freely, on a dana basis. Each session was carefully crafted by our teachers and include topics such as: Radical Awareness, Finding Refuge in Difficult Times and  The Buddhas Middle way.

You can find them all here, here and here.