Transform Your Life Meditation Retreat (Post Summer Festival Retreat)

Class/Course Date(s) & Time:
Sunday 6th August-Friday 11th August, Starts 19:30 Finishes 14:00

Class/Course Level:
GreenSuitable for all levels

Bodhisattva KMC (Venue Map & Information)
3 Lansdowne Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN3 1DN


This retreat can be attended for individual days – see below. On this special week retreat, guided by visiting teacher Gen Rabten, we will gain practical experience of the meditations contained within Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s new book How To Transform Your Life. This book is an indispensable guide on how to use Buddhist meditation to build the foundation of inner peace within our busy and often stressful lives and how to enter, make progress, and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

The meditations will be steeped in Buddhist wisdom and are perfectly suited to modern life. This retreat is perfect for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of Buddhist philosophy, the Buddhist way of life, and how to develop a powerful daily meditation practice.

The retreat will be based upon the teachings at this year’s NKT Summer Festival 2017, but it is not necessary to have attended this festival to attend this retreat.

The retreat venue – Bodhisattva KMC

Buddhist meditation retreats

The environment of Bodhisattva KMC is very relaxing, and there is plenty of time between retreat sessions to enjoy our café, to meet and chat with other retreaters and the community of Bodhisattva KMC, and to enjoy walking and gentle strolls along the Brighton and Hove sea front and promenade. The peaceful surroundings of Bodhisattva KMC help people to create a comfortable space within their own minds.

The Teacher – Gen Kelsang Rabten

Retreat Teacher Gen Rabten

Gen Kelsang Rabten is the NKT-IKBU National Spiritual Director of Kadampa Buddhism for Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Hong Kong.

Gen Rabten has trained under the guidance of his Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, for over 20 years.

His teachings are precise and compassionate, and he exemplifies the essence of the modern Kadampa’s way of life, inspiring many people to embark on this meaningful path.

The retreat schedule

The retreat will begin on Sunday evening (6th August) at 7.30 pm with an introduction and end after lunch on Friday 11th August at 2.00 pm. There will be four sessions of retreat each day and, to preserve the peaceful experience of the retreat, silence will be observed during the mornings.

Sunday evening (6th August):

7.30 – 8.45 pm: Introduction to retreat

Monday – Thursday (7th – 10th August):

09.30 – 10.45: Guided retreat session 1
11.45 – 13.00: Guided retreat session 2
16.30 – 17.45: Guided retreat session 3
19.30 – 20.30: Wishfulfilling Jewel with unguided meditation

Friday (11 August):

09.30 – 10.45: Guided retreat session 1
11.45 – 13.00 : Retreat conclusion

Transportation (optional)

For those who attended the NKT Summer Festival 2017, there will be transport available from Manjushri KMC, the venue of this year’s International Summer Festival, direct to Bodhisattva KMC. The transport will leave on the last day of the festival from the circle car park at 2:30pm on Saturday 5th August. To guarantee yourself a place for the transport, please reserve your space in advance through our online booking system. The cost is £30 per person.

Fees for the retreat (6 days, 5 nights)

Course fees

Whole course (includes all food – breakfast, lunch, supper): £118.50
Per individual full day (includes lunch and supper): £22.50

Accommodation options:

Single room: £150 (per person)
Twin Room: £200 (for two people)
Double Room: £200 (for two people)
Male Dormitory: £60 (per person)
Female Dormitory: £60 (per person)
Camping: £25 (per person)

(As the retreat will be starting on the 6th August, and the NKT Summer Festival ends on the 5th August, there will be pre-retreat accommodation available on the 5th August at Bodhisattva KMC. This accommodation can be booked through our online booking system)

Class/Course Fee:
£118.50 (includes food and refreshments)
This course can be attended non-residentially

Course Booking:
Our weekend courses can be booked with a 25% deposit. The booking system is easy to use and will give you all the information you need regarding accommodation options and fees. All bookings are made through a secure online system, and you will receive an instant payment notification as well as confirmation of your course booking.

Payment Information:
We use PayPal as our payment gateway, but you do not need a PayPal account to pay. After you have registered for your course, you will automatically be directed to PayPal to process your payment, where you can choose to "Check Out as a Guest".