Bhante Sujato Day Retreat : “The Oddly Conditioned Nature of Unconditional Love”

Date(s) - 01 Feb 2025
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Oxford Quakers Friends Meeting House
43 St Giles'
United Kingdom

Love is like a butterfly, so pretty yet so fleeting. Or so they say. But what if love was less like a butterfly and more like an ocean? What if it was everywhere all the time and we just forgot to notice it?


Join Bhante Sujato on this contemplative day retreat as he dives into the enigmatic nature of unconditional love. Explore how our perceptions condition love, and how we can shape them to bring a lasting transformation in our lives and for those around us. Through meditation, reflection, and Q&A discover the currents that connect us all—the tides of compassion, kindness and boundless care.



Where will the retreat be held?


This retreat will be held at the Friends Meeting House, in Oxford. We will have the use of main hall and the kitchen, surrounded by a lovely secluded lawn, allowing for a safe and uninterrupted space for meditation.


Comfy meditation chairs are provided. In order to maximise the space available, we encourage you to use a chair. Please note that we are not able to provide mats and cushions.


Please bring your own packed lunch and flask for your ease. Hot water will be available and you are invited to bring along tea, milk and biscuits to share.


The retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators alike and will accommodate a maximum of 50 people. Please register early to be sure you don’t miss out!


N.B: The following day, on Sunday 2nd February, we are inviting a small number of people (up to 15) to join us for an afternoon of meditation with Bhante Sujato and Ven Canda at our beautiful monastery, Anukampa Grove, 5 miles from Oxford (on a donation basis). If you would like to be considered for this also, please apply separately, noting that we will confirm the latter in January. 



Tentative Retreat Schedule


09:30 – 09:55 Arrivals

10:00 – 11:30 Introduction talk and guided meditation (silence begins!)

11:30 – 12:00 Walking meditation

12:00 – 13:15 Lunch and rest period

13:15 – 14:30 Dhamma talk and guided meditation

14:30 – 15:00 Walking meditation

15:00 – 15:30 Silent group meditation

15:30 – 15:45 Tea break

15:45 – 16:30 Q&A

16:30 – 17:00 Final metta meditation and closing words



Please aim to arrive at 9:30 am in order to register and settle in quietly.



Bhante Sujato is kindly coming all the way from Australia to England, to support Anukampa’s work and our new monastery, “Anukampa Grove,” where for the very first time in the UK, women can train towards full monastic ordination as bhikkhunis. There will be an opportunity to donate towards that aim at the retreat in person, or via our website here.


We are extremely fortunate to have three monastics attending this retreat: Bhante Sujato, Ven Canda and Ven Upekkha. If you would like to contribute to the costs for the Sangha’s travel expenses you can donate here, you can donate here, reference ‘monastic costs.’


We may be able to offer some financial assistance to those of limited means through our bursary fund.


You are welcome to donate to our bursary fund here.





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All ticket proceeds go towards covering venue hire and travel for the Sangha. Any excess will go towards the general running costs of Britain’s first monastery for bhikkhunis, “Anukampa Grove Bhikkhuni Monastery.”




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