ALBA dates for 2017

4 March – day of practice – Martin Evans
1 April- day of practice – Annmarie McKay
6 May- day of practice – Martin Evans
16-18 June – weekend retreat – Martin Evans and Annmarie McKay
15 July- day of practice – Symon Price
1-5 September – 5 day retreat – Martin Evans
28 October- day of practice (N.B. 9.45am start) – Nick Carroll
10-12 November – weekend retreat – Nick Carroll
16 December- day of practice – Symon Price

Days of Practice start at 10am unless otherwise stated – Registration from 9.30am – please aim to arrive by 9.45am. No booking is required. There will be a shared lunch – bring some vegetarian food (which doesn’t need any preparation) to share if you can.

Retreats (shown in bold) require prior booking. To book a place, please download a booking form and complete and return it to  

ALBA Programme for 2015

We now have our  ALBA programme dates for 2015. Please update your diaries:


10th January
7th February
7th March

17-19th April

30th May
4th July

7-11th August

5th September

9-11th October

14th November
19th December

Retreats are in bold and leaders and themes will be published in due course

Mindfulness Training – LSM – 6th November

Mindfulness is a key factor in the Buddhist path of awakening. As such all of the ALBA events are firmly based upon mindfulness practice. However, there are also training courses offered by ALBA Teachers – currently Chris Ward.


The LifeSkills Mindfulness Course (LSM) is derived from Buddhist meditation practices that have been used in a range of training courses over the past 30 years to help alleviate stress, unhappiness and chronic pain.

Mindfulness refers to the ability that we all have to stay present with our immediate experience and to be aware of the context of our experience.

The LSM course is spread over 8 weekly sessions (usually in the evening) and follows a similar structure to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses pioneered by Jon Kabat-zinn and now used in wide range of health, well-being and related areas. LSM also includes instruction on integrating mindfulness practice with life-contexts using a framework that reflects the eightfold path of Buddhism.

If you wish to register your interest in the next course – starting on 6th November – please email Chris Ward at  c.ward [ @] (Omitting [ ] and spaces from the email address)

Please visit our triple gem website for more information

Practice or Retreat?

Do you prefer to attend a Day of Practice or a Day Retreat?

As  many will know, the lay led  Saturday (ALBA) events at Amaravati (from 10:00 till 5:00) have been running for over fifteen years. We used to call them ‘Days of Study and Practice’, then changed the name  several years ago to ‘Day of Practice’. We are now wondering whether calling them ‘Day Retreats’ would be more immediately understandable. Do you have a preference?

Please comment on this post or email if you have a view.

Earthkind at Amaravati – 28th July


AMARAVATI – 28th JULY – 1.30 till 6.00pm

In July, Buddhist groups around the UK are organising and running inclusive community events. This is part of the national Diamond Jubilee inter-faith ‘Year of Service’ programme.   Throughout 2012 each major faith community has adopted a month and a theme of their choice – the Buddhist community has chosen July and an environmental theme, all under the banner of ‘Earthkind – Buddhist Action Day’.

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Waking Up to This Life – ALBA retreat -27th – 29th April


‘Waking Up to This Life’

A weekend of walking and sitting practice,  teaching and discussion led by Nick Carroll. Open to all and suitable for both newcomers to meditation or Amaravati and more experienced practitioners. See our events section for more information and a booking form.

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