|The gazebo/motordome practice tent.|
It was an international event as we have a highly international sangha. Two came from Germany, two from Austria, one from France and the remainder from the UK. Some of them are not too keen on camping and had been looking forward to this retreat with a degree of trepidation. As the weather had been sunny and dry in the UK for around eight weeks, I felt pretty sure that we would have some wet weather at least. I was not wrong. The weather was extraordinary: high winds, rain ranging from gentle to torrential, thunder and lightening, amazing cloud formations and unusual sky phenomena. We had it all and it was cold in the mornings and evenings.
|The marquee kitchen/diner.|
|Sun dogs and a circle round the sun.|
|Ngakpa Zhal'mèd led trulkhor practice.|
The format of the days was: morning practice 7 - 9, then breakfast; teachings after breakfast till lunch on Vajra Romance; after lunch (weather permitting) physical practice and craft work till dinner; after dinner more teachings and an empowerment one evening. The Monday of the retreat was my birthday, so we went to a restaurant for a meal that night.
|Lovely sunsets every evening.|
|An extraordinary rainbow around the sun.|
On the last day of the retreat we practised tsog'khorlo (gana puja) in the morning and climbed Caer Caradog near Church Stretton in the afternoon. More on this in the next post