It is essential sometimes to retreat, to stop everything you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely, look at them anew and not keep on repeating them. You would then let fresh air into your minds.
Dialogue inquiry, complemented by a hand-picked selection of Krishnamurti audio, video and texts, form the basis of our Theme Weekends and Study Retreats. Full attention can be given to a particular aspect of the teachings and its implications in our own lives.
At all other times, and usually during these programmes, the Centre is open for individual retreats and day visits, except during the month of January.
Weekly Video & Dialogue: Every Saturday and Sunday, when there are no Theme Weekends or Study Retreats, there will be a video screening of a Krishnamurti talk or discussion in the morning followed by a dialogue in the afternoon. This event is open to residential guests and day visitors alike and is free of charge. The dialogue is often prompted by questions raised by the morning video or another topic of common interest among the participants. The video is screened at 11:00, followed by lunch at 13:00 and the dialogue at 15:00. For day visitors, lunch is payable and needs to be booked in advance.
In addition, Brockwood Park School hosts a series of evening concerts, details of which can be found here (Please note, this is currently cancelled due to Covid). These concerts are free of charge and accessible to all Centre guests.
Introduction Days include a visual presentation of Krishnamurti’s life and teachings, an introductory video, lunch at the Centre, a visit to Brockwood Park School, an open dialogue and a farewell tea. This event is being held on the 2nd of October 2021, the 12th of February 2022 and the 3rd of September 2022. The price is £25 and includes lunch and refreshments.
These two-day retreats are for those who would like to inquire into a chosen theme in an atmosphere of openness. Theme Weekends are open to those acquainted with the teachings as well as those new to them. The retreats run from Friday to Sunday and attendees are welcome to lunch on the Friday, followed by a first meeting at 15:00. This is followed by an introductory video and a recording of a Krishnamurti talk or discussion.
On the Saturday and Sunday, similar meetings are arranged along with dialogues among the participants and the facilitator. Such dialogues are usually found to be helpful in deepening one’s understanding of day-to-day issues in our lives. Free time is included on the Saturday afternoon, and the retreat ends after lunch on the Sunday.
In spring and autumn, the Centre also hosts Friends of Brockwood Park weekend gatherings, for regular donors.
Theme Weekend rates (standard/large room): £250/£280
These five-day retreats are for those who would like to inquire into the chosen theme more deeply, in an atmosphere of openness. Study Retreats are open to those acquainted with the teachings as well as those new to them.
The Centre also hosts retreats in languages other than English (please see below). Each summer there is also a Young Adults retreat for younger visitors.
The retreats run from Friday to Wednesday and attendees are welcome to lunch on the Friday, followed by a first meeting at 15:00. This is followed by an introductory video and a recording of a Krishnamurti talk or discussion. Saturday through Wednesday, similar meetings are arranged along with dialogues among the participants and the facilitator. Such dialogues are usually found to be helpful in deepening one’s understanding of day-to-day issues in our lives. Free time is included in the afternoons, and the retreat ends after lunch on the Wednesday.
Study Retreat rates (standard/large room): £525/£600
Open Dialogue: this is an opportunity for guests to participate in an inquiry with staff into matters that concern us all. This event is open to both residential and day guests and the theme is determined according to those present. The Open Dialogue happens every fortnight, with the day and time determined by bookings and announced in advance. The staff member facilitating the dialogue may start with a proposed theme or question, but this may change if guests have other suggestions. The Open Dialogue usually lasts for ninety minutes. There is no charge for this event.
Calendar of Events 2021
The movement of becoming
Friday, 24th September – Sunday, 26th September 2021
The acorn becomes an oak; the bank clerk becomes the manager. Are these two ‘becomings’ the same? Or is one organic and natural, the other fraught with human toil and strife? It seems we are unaware of the very real danger of projecting a future out of the present, then living it as if it were real. Psychological time is the vehicle of this promised, hoped-for, ‘better’ state. Never actual but always to-be-realised, it has fathered revolutions and individual dreams. Can we be aware of this movement in ourselves and create space for something else to happen?
Introduction to Krishnamurti
Saturday, 2nd October 2021
This event offers a brief overview of the life and work of Krishnamurti, exploring its themes and his legacy. There will be a tour of the Centre, the School and the grounds. Short videos will be screened as part of the programme, followed by discussions.
Can silence be part of life?
Friday, 15th October – Wednesday, 20th October 2021
From the moment we are born until the day we die, there seems little time or space for silence. Life is a constant moving forward until it turns back upon itself and we age and die. Are we ever really quiet? Silence seems to have a quality and a strength of its own. Not subject to human vicissitudes, it has an action which restores our spirit as nature does. As we have become alienated from nature, so are we alienated from ourselves. This retreat is an opportunity to appreciate the resonance of silence and come upon its actuality.
FRIENDS OF BROCKWOOD PARK
Friday, 29th October – Sunday, 31st October 2021
All registered Friends of Brockwood are invited to this event. While the gatherings do not have a specific theme, they generally feature three of Krishnamurti’s talks and include scheduled dialogues. There are also presentations relating to Brockwood and/or the teachings, and time is set aside for an organised walk in the countryside. The gatherings are intended to encourage those who support Brockwood to spend time together exploring the teachings, learn more about the work being done at Brockwood and engage with those who live and work here.
The nature of consciousness
Friday, 19th November – Wednesday, 24th November 2021
From the perspective of Krishnamurti’s teachings, the multiple challenges and crises facing humanity have their common source in our lack of self-knowledge, in our ignorance of ourselves. For Krishnamurti, self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, at the core of which lies the understanding of the nature, structure and movement of consciousness. The understanding of consciousness and its right place in human existence is therefore of crucial importance in the emergence of freedom and wholeness, for the individual and the whole of humanity.
Observing without memory
Friday, 17th December – Sunday, 19th December 2021
Krishnamurti draws attention to the observer as the observed and the requirement of awareness in such unity. We may, through memory, imperceptibly want to distance ourselves from things observed. One wishes to compare and choose, to control what we think suits us. With all this in mind is there an observation, a perception, that does not evoke such thinking or memory? Is there observing that does not predictably fit into the limitation of our knowledge?
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