23 – 25 February 2024 | with Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang

Guru Yoga and Mandala offering retreat combines two of the four great preliminary guides that we need to practice if we want to gain Mahamudra realisations – the quick path to enlightenment.

We all wish for spiritual realisations, but these depend upon creating certain inner conditions such as purifying negativity, accumulating merit, and receiving blessings.

In this retreat we focus on the preliminary practices of accumulating merit and receiving blessings. Making mandala offerings is the gateway to accumulating the collection of merit and attaining an enlightened pure land and Guru yoga is the gateway to receiving powerful blessings of all the Buddhas of the ten directions through our Spiritual Guide.

There will be five sessions across the weekend and the practice is accomplished within the sadhana Offering to the Spiritual Guide. Gen-la Kunsang will provide a clear introduction to the practice on Friday evening.

We recommend that you prepare for this retreat by familiarising yourself beforehand with the instructions on making mandala offerings found in The New Guide to Dakini Land (pp.97-102) and The Oral Instructions of the Mahamudra (pp.19-21).


    Friday 23 – Sunday 25 February


    Suitable for those with some experience of Buddhist meditation. This retreat is part of the Teacher Training Programme and is not suitable for complete beginners.


    Madhyamaka KMC
    Kilnwick Percy Hall
    YO42 1UF

    Free parking onsite


    From £60 non-residential.

    Free for standard and benefactor members (excluding lunch).  Booking in advance essential.

    The price for residential guests includes all meals.

    We currently cater for vegetarian or vegan diets. If you have any other dietary requirements please contact us in advance to discuss your needs.

    Cancellation Conditions for residential bookings:

    If a booking is cancelled less than 4 days before arrival then a charge equal to the full booking amount will be made. If the booking is cancelled 4 or more days before arrival then a charge equal to 25% of the stay will be made. In the event of a no show or booking reduction (after arrival date) the full cost of the booking is charged.


7 – 8.30pm  Introduction
9.00 – 10.30am  Session 1
11.30am – 1pm  Session 2
4.00 – 5.30pm Session 3
7 – 8.15pm  Wishfulfilling Jewel Chanted Prayers with tsog (optional)
9.00 – 10.30am  Session 4
11.30am – 1pm  Session 5

Gen-la Kunsang

The retreat will be guided by Gen-la Kunsang. Gen-la is a highly experienced teacher and meditatot who has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over thirty years. She has won the admiration and affection of many students throughout the world through her pure example and loving kindness. In the introduction to the retreat, Gen-la will provide clear and precise guidance on the practices of guru yoga and making mandala offerings.