Seven Day Retreat at The Vedanta – 18th to 25th February

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 whole group, including commuters, 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 on-site 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 does have some slippers available for sale on site, for anyone who needs them on arrival. 

COVID-19 safety protocols: All retreat venues comply with the local requirements for the health and safety of attendees. By signing up for a retreat, you agree to comply with the guidelines in place at the time of the event and our full Covid-19 policy on the Terms and Conditions page here: T&Cs

At the time of writing, there are no vaccine requirements in the UK or at The Vedanta venue.

Accommodation

The Vedanta offers Twin and Shared dormitory room accommodation on site. If you would like to stay in a single room, you will be able to add your name to the waitlist 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 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 and 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, you will be able to book your tickets and email Neil with your sharing preference when booking is open. Should your ticket preference be sold out, you will be able to 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.

There are a limited number of Commuter tickets available, if you prefer 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, or you can opt for lunch and dinner only if you prefer. The Commuter option includes access to the spa facilities.

Here is some information on outside accommodations:

Apple Tree Cottage, Branston, Lincoln, LN4 1PA, Is a 3-4 minute walk to The Vedanta: Apple Tree Cottage

The ‘Visit Lincoln’ website features and range of local hotels, guest houses and BnBs: Visit Lincoln

Airbnb has a list of local accommodations: Airbnb

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).

From Stansted airport: The journey from Stansted airport to Lincoln railway station will typically take between 3 and 4 hours by train. There are no direct trains so you will have to change at least once. When purchasing a ticket, ensure you know where to change trains by asking at the station. (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 Bus From 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 contact the organiser to check that your requirements can be met by the catering team before booking. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that all special diets can be catered for.

Schedule

DATE DETAILS TIME
Saturday 18th Check-in (residential attendees) 5:00pm (no early arrivals please)
  Dinner 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  Welcome & Guided Meditation 7:45pm - 9:00pm 
Sunday 19th to Friday 24th  Breakfast 8:00am - 10:00am
  Guided Meditation 11:00am - 12:30/1:00pm
  Lunch 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  Dialogues 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  Dinner 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday 25th Breakfast 8:00am - 9:30am
  Check-out (residential attendees) 10:00am (luggage can be left in a room on-site)
  Final Meeting 10:00am - 12:00pm
  Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
  End of Retreat 1:30pm – (all guests must depart)

Additionally, there will be two, hour long, Q&A sessions for the Live stream attendees. They will be from 8pm to 9pm on Monday 20th and Wednesday 22nd February. 

In-person attendees will be welcome to sit in on these meetings, which will take place via zoom in the meeting room.

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

Registration

To register a £250* 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, when registration opens. 

Costs per person: (all tickets include, unless otherwise stated, include three meals and refreshments each day).

Single – £2555

Twin – £1650

Shared room (3-4 sharing) Single bed – £1495

Shared room (3-4 sharing) Floor bed – £1435

Commute* with meals – £1385

Commute* with Lunch & Dinner only – £1330

*Commuter tickets are non-residential. Anyone purchasing a commuter ticket must arrange their own accommodation and attend the retreat during the day.

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.

In-person scholarships


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

Livestream

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. 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: 

£95 - Supported: for those who would like to attend but are unable to do so for financial reasons*

£190 - Standard: for those with sufficient financial resources to attend at a fair price

£380 - Sponsor: for those with adequate financial resources and a desire to support attendance for others

Booking will close at noon local time on the first day of the retreat, so please be sure to register online 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 please see Livestream FAQs

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

 

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 February, 10am BST.

Important ticket information

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

The final balance will be due on Wednesday 4 January 2023

The final balance will be due on 4th January 2023
75% of balance refundable if cancelled before 11th January 2023
50% of balance refundable if cancelled before 18th January 2023
No refund if cancelled after the 18th January 2023

If you experience any problems with checkout please use the Payment FAQ page.

Tickets

Livestream