Total Immersion 2022: The Poetics of Awakening

Saturday 4 June 2022 to Saturday 18 June 2022
This event is no longer open for bookings

Buddhafield offers the ideal opportunity to practice in a natural environment free from the distractions of our daily lives. Living in simplicity and community we will explore how attending to our bodies and hearts can open the imagination to the poetics of awakening. We will together create a community of practice that supports us to go beyond our normal sense of who and what we are, opening to ourselves, one another and the world. 

Leader Bios


Paramananda is an inspirational and much loved Buddhist teacher who has written a number of books on Buddhism and the craft of meditation, including ‘A Deeper Beauty’, and mostly recently ‘The Myth of Meditation: Restoring Imaginal Ground through Embodied Buddhist Practice’.

He worked for a number of years as a psychiatric social worker and did voluntary work in the community for the Samaritans,  in drug detox,  and in a hospice.  His time is now dedicated to teaching.


Alobhin was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2006. He first came along to a Buddhafield retreat in 1996. He is currently an itinerant Buddhist practitioner who is tremendously grateful for the teachings he has received over the years and wishes to share them as widely as possible.


Padmadarshini  will be  offering daily sessions of Embodied Movement and Bodywork. Drawing on somatic movement enquiries, yoga  and playful  explorations, she will offer both guided and improvised movement  to support a more open and easeful relationship to our experience; for example how do we  yield our weight and feel ourselves made of the earth.

Please note that this retreat runs Saturday to Saturday in contrast to some other years. 

Led by: Paramananda and Alobhin and yoga with Padmadarshini
Location: Buckfastleigh, South Devon
Deposit amount: £100
Total suggested cost (including deposit): donation tier:£800/ standard:£520/ supported:£340 (see our FAQ for an explanation of the deposit/ dana system) 
Experience level: Experienced meditators - at least three years
Age group: Adults


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 Totnes train station for this retreat.