Seven Day Retreat at The Vedanta – 17th to 24th September

Description

Retreats are a wonderful way to connect to the teaching and to the community beginning with dinner on the first day, followed by a short welcome and the first meeting. There will be two meetings on each full day, finishing with lunch on the final day. Morning meetings consist of silent and guided meditation; afternoon meetings will be dialogues with Rupert during which time attendees can discuss any questions that arise during the course of the week.

About The Vedanta: Situated in the heart of Lincolnshire, The Vedanta is surrounded by rolling countryside, historic market towns and villages. There is an array of walking trails to explore locally. Our group will also have access to the spa facilities, wonderful spaces to socialise and quiet areas to sit and meditate between meetings.

Important information about the venue: The Vedanta is a strictly vegetarian and alcohol free venue due to being run by a Hare Krishna organisation. We ask that no alcoholic or non-vegetarian products are brought onsite and that the rules of the venue are respected by our group.

There is a 'no shoes' policy within the building and guests are expected to bring slippers to wear inside. The venue do have some slippers available for sale on site for anyone who needs them on arrival. 

Accommodation

The Vedanta offers Twin and Shared dormitory room accommodation on site. If you would like to stay in a single room, please add your name to the waitlist by clicking on the button under the tickets section below. We may offer single occupancy in twin rooms on a first come, first served basis if there are spaces available closer to the retreat date. 

Twin rooms have two single beds. There are a few double beds, couples can note a preference of a double bed during the booking process. 

Most of the Twin rooms are booked in pairs for couples or friends who wish to share together, the system will automatically add two tickets to your basket for you. It is possible to book a twin room to share with a friend or to be allocated to a twin room sharing with another person. If you wish to book only for yourself, please book book using the appropriate button for a male or female twin room and you will be allocated a room with one other person.

Shared dormitory rooms will have between 3 to 4 attendees in total and are allocated by gender; please choose the appropriate ticket when booking so that we can allocate your room properly. There are two types of bed available in the shared rooms, either a standard single or a floor bed, which is a bedframe-less single mattress. Both options are of a high standard and eco-friendly bedding is used throughout the venue.

If you wish to share a room with a friend please book your tickets and email Neil with your sharing preference. Should your ticket preference be sold out you can place yourself on the waitlist for any sold out ticket type. There are often a number of people on the waitlist and we may only offer out tickets close to the start of a retreat so we recommend you book in with a different ticket option if you wish to secure a place on the retreat. It may be possible to upgrade your ticket closer to the date.

A small number of Commuter tickets are also available, if you want to stay off-site at a local B&B or if you live close by. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments are included in the Commuter price.

Transport

By Plane From East Midlands, which is the nearest major airport: Take the Skylink coach (from coach park B) to Nottingham train station, the coach takes half an hour and there are coaches hourly. From there you will be able to catch the train to Lincoln Station. The train from Nottingham to Lincoln takes about an hour.

From Heathrow: go to terminal 2&3 Piccadilly Line Station and take the eastbound train to Kings Cross Station and then take trains towards Lincoln. (see train section) Heathrow to Kings Cross Station takes around an hour on the Piccadilly line. (see train section)

Alternatively you can go from Heathrow to Paddington on the Heathrow Express and then Paddington to kings cross via the hammersmith and city Tube line 35-40 minutes to Kings cross station (see train section).

From Gatwick: take the Thameslink train to St. Pancras and from there it is a short 3 minute walk to Kings Cross and then from Kings Cross there are trains to Lincoln (see train section).

For more information see: Visit Lincoln.

By Train The station closest to The Vedanta is Lincoln Station

From London: catch the train from King Cross, there are limited direct trains so you usually have to change at Newark Northgate. Average journey time 2 - 2.5 hours. And then from Lincoln station there you will be able to take a taxi to the Vedanta which takes around 10 minutes.

Alternatively go to Lincoln bus station, which is diagonally opposite across the street from Lincoln train station. From there you will be able to catch the number 2 bus and let the bus driver that you are going to the stop ‘Branston Hall’ the journey takes around half an hour. 

The bus will drop you off at the end of the drive to The Vedanta and it is then about a 3 minute walk to the main building. Single tickets should be around £2.80 off-peak and £4.50 peak.

By Taxi You can take a taxi from Lincoln station to the Vedanta, which takes around 10 minutes.

By BusFrom London: National Express runs a direct coach service from London Victoria. Coaches from London to Lincoln take just over 4 hours, covering approximately 144 miles.

For more information see: Visit Lincoln.

By Car From Central London: Take either the M1 or A1 from London to Branston, Lincolnshire. Both routes take around 3.5 hours.

From Heathrow: Take the M25 North then join the M1 to Branston. The journey takes around 3 hours. 

Sat Nav: On google maps The Vedanta is currently found under its previous name: Branston Hall Hotel or LN4 1PD

The Vedanta is less than 10 minutes drive from the center of Lincoln. 

For more information see Visit Lincoln

Meals & Refreshments

All meals will be lacto-vegetarian. It is possible to select gluten or dairy free meals during the booking process; if you have special dietary requirements please make a note upon booking and contact the organiser to confirm that your requirements can be met by the catering team.

Schedule

Discussion Board

Everyone who books onto this event will get access to the discussion board, with the ability to:

  • Post comments
  • Contact other attendees to exchange information or for social purposes

The discussion board will be available for attendees to communicate prior, during and post retreat.

Registration

To register a £220* non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to reserve a space at the retreat, prior to arrival.  Please book using the "Add to Basket" buttons below. 

Costs per person:(all tickets include three meals and refreshments each day) 

Single – £2265

Twin – £1435

Shared room (3-4 sharing) 
Single bed – £1325
Floor bed – £1265

Commute with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – £1195

Livestream tickets are based on a sliding scale. Please see more information about attending online in the section below.

If your accommodation of choice is sold out please use the 'Add to Waitlist' button and you will be notified of any spaces that come available. Booking is strictly through the website, please do not contact the venue to try to book into the retreat.

Should the retreat be cancelled for any reason related to Covid-19, the deposit payments made will be automatically transferred to a replacement online Retreat at Home.

Livestream

Livestream participants will have streaming access to all meetings during the retreat and will be able to view recordings from previous sessions from the livestream page; these will be streamable and viewable for seven days from session date. This way, you can easily catch up on any missed sessions or listen again to take the understanding a little deeper. There will be a special discussion board for the livestream attendees where the streaming link will be posted ahead of the first session and will provide a place for everyone to communicate and share in the teaching.

There will be two dedicated Q&A sessions, via Zoom, for livestream attendees during the retreat which provide the opportunity to ask Rupert any questions that may arise over the course of the week. 

Tickets are available based on the sliding scale below, with the intention of making the teaching available to more people. If you wish to purchase a ticket for a friend, you may simply add a second ticket to your account and let Neil know who you would like to assign it to: neil@rupertspira.com. Please note that tickets can only be assigned to people who have a log in for Rupert's website.

Please select from the options in the tickets section below, add to basket and checkout as normal.

Costs per person: 

£90 - Supported: for those who would like to attend but are unable to do so for financial reasons*

£180 - Standard: for those with sufficient financial resources to attend at a fair price

£360 - Sponsor: for those with adequate financial resources and a desire to support attendance for others

Booking will close at 9am, local time, on the first day of the retreat, so please be sure to register in advance if you wish to attend. You will receive an order confirmation email and you will be emailed the streaming link before the start of the retreat.

For a list of FAQs and the full schedule for the livestream retreat please see Livestream FAQs

(Please use everytimezone.com to find the times for sessions in your own timezone)

Scholarships

In-person scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships will be available to attend the retreat in-person. Please complete the scholarship form here to apply for a place.

Livestream – Supported tickets: If you wish to attend the livestream of the retreat with a *Supported ticket, please email Niya: niya@rupertspira.com. Please note that the cut-off date for applications is Thursday 16th September, 10am BST.

Important ticket information

A non-refundable deposit is payable immediately for each ticket.

The final balance will be due on Monday 1 August 2022

The final balance will be due on 1st August 2022

75% of balance refundable if cancelled before 8th August 2022
50% of balance refundable if cancelled before 15th August 2022 
No refund if cancelled after the 15th August 2022

Tickets

Livestream