Programme

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.
—KRISHNAMURTI

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.

Dining at the Krishnamurti Centre
Day Events

Weekly Video & Dialogue (starting in February 2022): 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.

Young adults at the Krishnamurti Centre
Theme Weekends

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

A young woman reading a book in the Krishnamurti Centre library
Study Retreats

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

THEME WEEKEND

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?

DAY EVENT

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.

STUDY RETREAT

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

Autumn Gathering

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.

STUDY RETREAT

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.

THEME WEEKEND

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?

Calendar of Events 2022

DAY EVENT

Introduction to Krishnamurti

Saturday, 12 February 2022

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, Brockwood Park School and the grounds. Short videos will be screened as part of the programme, followed by a discussion.

THEME WEEKEND

Is it possible to create a new society?

Friday, 18th March – Sunday, 20th March 2022

Krishnamurti consistently points out that the society we live in breeds conflict and disorder. This society, the fruit of the relationships we establish with each other, seems to be anchored in a prevailing movement of self-interest. With such a crisis taking place, this retreat invites participants to reflect on, and engage with, the possibility of creating a new society.

THEME WEEKEND

Where can peace be found?

Friday, 1st April – Sunday, 3rd April 2022

This is a question that may be frequently asked as we move through life. Troubled by the expectations and obligations society imposes, the need for peace seems essential to everyone. Krishnamurti stated, ‘We are not at any moment peaceful, deeply quiet within ourselves.’ During this event, participants may explore together the difficulties of finding peace and what can support the state of being quiet in oneself.

WEEKEND RETREAT

Silent Retreat

Friday, 13th May – Sunday, 15th May 2022

A new addition to the events calendar, this weekend retreat continues with the usual format of carefully selected Krishnamurti video showings but does not include dialogue meetings. It is an opportunity to immerse oneself in the quiet of the Centre and to inquire deeply into oneself in the light of the teachings. Optional sessions of sitting quietly together will be included, morning and evening, along with a quiet walk. After an initial meeting, silence is maintained until a closing meeting on Sunday.

STUDY RETREAT

Our crisis of identity:
is it ‘out there’ or ‘in here’?

Friday, 10th June – Wednesday, 15th June 2022

The building of identity starts at a very young age, with our name, form, and that sense of personhood which comes with the growing body-mind. Our experience constantly reinforces identity, and we come to feel that this is who we are and all we are. In our search for security, we look to religion, nationality and relationships to support this fragile structure that positions itself at the centre of our existence. In this retreat, participants may explore in-depth the nature of this apparent duality.

FRIENDS OF BROCKWOOD PARK

Friends of Brockwood Park
Summer Gathering

Friday, 24th June – Sunday, 26th June 2022

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 and an evening concert. 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. Please visit friendsofbrockwoodpark.org.uk to become a Friend.

THEME WEEKEND

Can the mind be free?

Friday, 29th July – Sunday, 31st July 2022

Our minds seem to be heavily burdened. We worry about the future, earning a livelihood, our loved ones and the many crises of daily life. Krishnamurti points out that a mind cluttered with occupations, ambitions and the pursuit of goals is incapable of looking at something afresh, as if for the first time. On this retreat, participants may explore together the intricacies of the mind and investigate the possibility of freedom from this turmoil.

THEME WEEKEND

Is there anything sacred at all?

Friday, 26th August – Monday, 29th August 2022

The sacred is commonly associated with God, organised religion, rituals and rites that human beings have been performing for centuries. Krishnamurti challenges this view stating, ‘All religions are invented by thought. What is invented may be called sacred, but it is not sacred. Thought is not sacred; thought is a material process, the accumulation of knowledge and memory.’ During this retreat, participants will have the opportunity to investigate and unveil the possible meaning of the sacred.

DAY EVENT

Introduction to Krishnamurti

Saturday, 3 September 2022

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, Brockwood Park School and the grounds. Short videos will be screened as part of the programme, followed by a discussion.

STUDY RETREAT

Is there an end to sorrow?

Friday, 16th September – Wednesday 21st September 2022

To live is also to suffer. It seems one cannot happen without the other. But is it so? Are we doomed to struggle and suffer throughout life? Krishnamurti challenges us to respond adequately to a world full of confusion, sorrow and violence. Can that response bring an end to sorrow and shed light on a different way of living?

NON-ENGLISH RETREAT

Spanish Retreat

Wednesday, 5th October – Wednesday, 12th October 2022

This retreat, organised by a Spanish group from the Canary Islands, invites Spanish-speakers for a week of inquiry and reflection. The programme includes watching the series of Krishnamurti’s talks in Saanen, Switzerland, in 1984 in the morning, followed by dialogues in the afternoon. Please contact the Centre for more information.

THEME WEEKEND

Can we perceive holistically?

Friday, 14th October – Sunday, 16th October 2022

Our consciousness functions in a fragmentary manner: our mind says one thing, our heart another, sensations yet a third, and imagination goes to work. We live within the circuit of thought. Within this movement, rivalries, contradictions and conflicts are inevitable. Is there another way of seeing and being in which the heart and mind are not divided, where body, mind and heart, in harmony, bring about a mutation which is of the whole, by the whole?

NON-ENGLISH RETREAT

French Retreat

Saturday, 22nd October – Friday, 28th October 2022

This retreat, organised by the Association Culturelle Krishnamurti, invites French speakers for a week of inquiry and reflection.
Please contact the Centre for more information.

FRIENDS OF BROCKWOOD PARK

Friends of Brockwood Park
Autumn Gathering

Friday, 28th October – Sunday, 30th October 2022

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 and an evening concert. 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. Please visit friendsofbrockwoodpark.org.uk to become a Friend.

THEME WEEKEND

Is love pleasure?

Friday, 25th November – Sunday, 27th November 2022

Krishnamurti clearly states that love is not pleasure, desire or fulfilment. Being educated and influenced to uphold love as the most powerful thing to look for in life, do we even know what love may be? Social media, cultural structures and religions all purport to know what love is and advise us on how to live it and what to do to get it. Through Krishnamurti’s insights, participants will have the opportunity to question and reflect on their own concepts of love and perhaps come upon its true meaning.

THEME WEEKEND

Can we live without ambition?

Friday, 16th December – Sunday, 18th December 2022

Ambition seems to be one of the features of the human psyche. As the self evolves from childhood, encouraged by education and culture, we are taught to pursue, compete and evaluate. This strenuous movement of ambition breeds conflict in oneself and so in society. During this retreat, participants are prompted to inquire into living without ambition to create a different quality of life.

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