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

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all events and group retreats are cancelled until further notice

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

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.

Monthly Video & Dialogue (cancelled in light of the current situation). On the last Saturday of every month is a video screening of a Krishnamurti talk or discussion in the morning followed by a dialogue in the afternoon. This event is open to day visitors and residential guests alike and is an opportunity for people who live in London or within easy reach of Brockwood to visit the Centre for the day. The dialogue is often prompted by questions raised by the morning video, or another topic of common interest among the participants. The the programme starts at 11:30 and finishes at 16:00. The only charge for this event is lunch, which needs to be booked in advance.

In addition, Brockwood Park School hosts a series of evening concerts, details of which can be found here.

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.

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.

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 2020

DAY EVENT

Introduction to Krishnamurti

Saturday, 8th February 2020

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

Dialogue Retreat

Sunday, 16th February – Sunday, 23th February 2020

This dialogue retreat proposes to create an open space where ‘a form of conversing seriously together about problems is possible, going into them not only analytically, carefully, but also seeing the whole structure of each problem: not merely the details of it, but its whole form and content’, as Krishnamurti stated. With the intention of exploring, observing and listening, this 6-day retreat offers intensive dialogue sessions, without a facilitator or pre-programmed topic.

THEME WEEKEND

Is it possible to create a new society?

Friday, 20th March – Sunday, 22th March 2020

Krishnamurti consistently points out that the society we live in breeds conflict and disorder.
This society, 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

STUDY RETREAT

Is there anything sacred at all?

Friday, 10th April – Monday, 13th April 2020

The sacred is commonly associated with organised religion, rituals and rites that human beings have been performing for centuries, and with God. 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.

NON-ENGLISH RETREAT

Nordic Retreat

Thursday, 16th April – Monday, 20th April 2020

This retreat, organised by the Nordic Krishnamurti Committees, invites people from the Nordic countries, and friends, for a period of inquiry and reflection. The event is held in English.

YOUNG ADULTS RETREAT

Learning about oneself

Friday, 24th April – Sunday, 26th April 2020

This retreat is an invitation to a young people interested in exploring relevant topics together. Dialogue is one of activities that supports this inquiry and self-reflection. During the weekend we will try to unveil what it means to learn about oneself, in what way human beings are similar, and how our shared humanity can enable our understanding of each other.

NON-ENGLISH RETREAT

Spanish Retreat

Wednesday, 6th May – Wednesday, 13th May 2020

This study retreat is conducted in Spanish.
Please contact the Centre for more information.

THEME WEEKEND

Can we perceive holistically?

Friday, 15th May – Sunday, 17th May 2020

Our consciousness functions in a fragmentary manner: our mind says one thing, our heart another, the sensations yet a third, and the 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

Swiss Retreat

Thursday, 21st May – Sunday, 24th May 2020

This study retreat is conducted in Swiss French.
Please contact the Centre for more information.

FRIENDS OF BROCKWOOD PARK

Spring Gathering

Friday, 29th May – Sunday, 31st May 2020

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.

THEME WEEKEND

Can the mind be free?

Friday, 19th June – Sunday, 21st June 2020

Our minds seem to be heavily burdened. We worry about the future, earning a livelihood, about our loved ones and the many crises of daily life. Krishnamurti points out that a mind cluttered with occupations, ambitions and in pursuit of its own 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 all this turmoil.

THEME WEEKEND

Can we live without ambition?

Friday, 3rd July – Sunday, 5th July 2020

Ambition seems to be one of the features in the human psyche. As the self evolves from childhood, encouraged by education and culture, we are taught to pursue, compete, 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.

YOUNG ADULTS RETREAT

The mirror of relationship

Friday, 17th July – Wednesday, 22nd July 2020

This retreat is an invitation to young people interested in exploring relevant topics together. During this five-day retreat the topic of relationship prompts the investigation into ourselves. Krishnamurti pointed out that relationship is of the utmost importance in our lives. It is through, and in, relationship that we reveal ourselves and uncover our conditioning, conduct and moral values. Participants will have the opportunity to experience this and to find out if, in this movement, an understanding of each other and ourselves comes about.

STUDY RETREAT

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

Friday, 7th August – Wednesday, 12th August 2020

The building of identity starts at a very early age, with our name, form, and that sense of personhood which comes with the growing body-mind. Identity is constantly reinforced by our experience, so much so that 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 relationship to support this fragile structure which positions itself at the centre of our existence. In this retreat, participants may explore in-depth the nature of this apparent duality.

THEME WEEKEND

Is love pleasure?

Friday, 28th August – Monday, 31st August 2020

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 human beings 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 about their own concepts of love.

STUDY RETREAT

Can silence be part of life?

Friday, 4th September – Wednesday, 9th September 2020

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.

DAY EVENT

Introduction to Krishnamurti

Saturday, 12th September 2020

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.

NON-ENGLISH RETREAT

Nordic Retreat

Thursday, 24th September – Monday, 28th September 2020

This retreat, organised by the Nordic Krishnamurti Committees, invites people from the Nordic countries, and friends, for a period of inquiry and reflection. The event is held in English.

NON-ENGLISH RETREAT

Spanish Retreat

Wednesday, 7th October – Wednesday, 14th October 2020

This study retreat is conducted in Spanish.
Please contact the Centre for more information.

THEME WEEKEND

The movement of becoming

Friday, 16th October – Sunday, 18th October 2020

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?

FRIENDS OF BROCKWOOD PARK

Autumn Gathering

Thursday, 29th October – Saturday, 31st October 2020

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.

FRIENDS OF BROCKWOOD PARK

Celebration Day

Sunday 1st November 2020

On this special day, Brockwood thanks registered Friends, inviting them to the Centre for a special lunch and concert, preceded by a presentation of ongoing initiatives at Brockwood.

NON-ENGLISH RETREAT

Dutch Retreat

Thursday, 5th November – Tuesday, 10th November 2020

This study retreat is conducted in Dutch.
Please contact the Centre for more information.

STUDY RETREAT

The nature of consciousness

Friday, 13th November – Wednesday, 18th November 2020

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, 18th December – Sunday, 20th December 2020

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?

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all events and group retreats are cancelled until further notice

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