Weekend or longer courses in meditation

Learn meditation from home.

These are unusual times, when many people are at home and others are working hard to ensure people are well and happy.

Because all local and national Samatha meditation face-to-face classes are suspended, the Samatha Trust will be offering online meditation classes.

Experienced meditation teachers will be giving daily, weekly or weekend classes tailored to individual needs.

We hope to give as many people as possible the opportunity to learn meditation in whatever circumstances.

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As well as weekly local meditation classes, weekend or longer residential courses for newcomers to Samatha meditation are held regularly at the Samatha Centre in Mid-Wales.

For people with little or no previous experience of meditation these retreats provide a structured introduction. They also provide an opportunity for people who have done other forms of meditation to explore this particular breathing mindfulness technique, with opportunities for discussion and individual guidance.

Courses include group meetings and practices, individual practice time for both sitting and walking meditation, discussion, and one-to-one consultations with the teachers. There is also usually some time to go for walks: the land around the Centre gives a rich and peaceful environment which can help to support the practice.

Because of the Covid pandemic there are no introductory or intermediate courses being held at the moment. We hope that these can start again in January 2022.

Enquiries can be made by email to richmondsamathabeginners@gmail.com


There are occasional opportunities for meditators who have some experience in other Buddhist traditions of jhana meditation practice (for example,  Pa-Auk or Ajahn Brahm traditions) to join periods of practice taught by samatha teachers - email napaul@tiscali.co.uk if you are interested.

Whilst Samatha meditation can benefit most temperaments, a weekend or week-long retreat may not be appropriate if you  have significant mental health difficulties, particularly if you are new or relatively new to the practice. The intensive nature of these courses can bring unresolved thoughts and feelings to the fore and if strong these may be difficult for you to deal with on the course.  It may be better instead to develop meditation or mindfulness in a setting where there are more possibilities for active external engagement for the mind and where there is easier access to one's usual support. A number of mindfulness based therapies are also now more widely available. Meditation should not generally be seen as a substitute for  psychiatric treatment and we recommend that those with significant psychiatric disorders should approach meditation practice cautiously and inform the teacher of their condition prior to starting practice. 

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