The Archetypal Symbolism of the Refuge Tree - Women's Training for Ordination Retreat 2022

Saturday 23 April 2022 to Saturday 30 April 2022
This event is no longer open for bookings

‘The cosmic refuge tree represents in vivid, detailed symbolic form the whole conception of refuge, in its historical background, universal perspective and its immediate practical application.  It is one of the richest and most complex symbols in the whole field of Tantric Buddhism, a symbol that would repay the study of a lifetime.’

- Sangharakshita

A week spent among trees, living on the beautiful Buddhafield land at Bowerwood, exploring in more detail the vivid and rich symbolism of the Refuge Tree: what it means to us in the way we live our lives and relate to ordination.


Led by: Vajratara and Karunadhi from Tiratnaloka, Dayajoti, Amaragita and Viryanaya from Buddhafield, and others
Location: Bowerwood, Nr. Broadhembury in East Devon
Deposit amount: £60
Total suggested cost (including deposit): donation tier:£520/ standard:£320/ supported:£225 (see our FAQ for an explanation of the deposit/ dana system) 
Experience level: Open to women and non-binary people who are participating in the women’s ordination process
Age group: Adults only


Things to note

  • We have an extensive Retreat FAQ page here. Please read this thoroughly and, if you have a question that isn’t answered, get in touch. 
  • If you are bringing a vehicle to a retreat and it is staying onsite, you need to buy a vehicle pass. This helps us to manage the number of vehicles on our sites as space is very limited. Please do not bring a vehicle if the relevant pass is sold out. Please liftshare where possible or use public transport. We offer pick up from Honiton train station for this retreat.