One week retreat for beginners, with Gen Kelsang Dema

Relax, Rest & Refresh

Friday 28th June - Thursday 4th July

Relax and refresh by gaining familiarity with simple meditations that bring a feeling of inner peace and contentment. This retreat will also explore how we can cope with difficult situations and improve our relationships with others through practising Buddha’s teachings on wisdom and compassion. The retreat will be based on the deeply inspiring book ‘Eight Steps to Happiness’ by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Take a mini-break - book for 1, 2 or more days as you wish.

Why not stay overnight at Tara?

take a look at the events below

You can take a peaceful night (or two!) away at Tara IKRC. We offer Friday evening events, followed by workshops on Saturday! You can relax in our beautiful grounds, enjoy time in the World Peace Cafe and browse and buy gifts in our Tharpa bookstore and gift shop -
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Food for Thought: Pasta & Peace

Meditation and meal
Friday 5th July 6:30pm Meditation | 7:30pm Meal

The evening begins with a short teaching and a simple, guided meditation to bring a sense of inner peace at the end of a busy week. Put the stresses and tensions of daily life behind you and enjoy an evening of relaxation with a tasty, home-cooked, vegetarian pasta meal at Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre.

What Happens when We Die?

Half- day course
Saturday 6th July 10:00am - 1:00pm

What happens when our body and mind part company? What happens to our mind at death, during death and after? Is brain-death the same as mind-death? Does our mind just fade into oblivion or continue its journey? And if so, what can we expect?

Learn to Meditate

Half-day course
Saturday 6th July 2:00pm-5:00pm

Join this course to build the foundation of a strong meditation practice and find peace within.

  • Learn simple meditations that you can practice at home
  • Build a foundation for peace and happiness
  • Learn how meditation helps you to overcome stress and anxiety

Everyone is welcome!

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Meditation Classes in Your Area

Ashbourne || Burton-upon-Trent || Derby City || Lichfield || Loughborough || Newcastle-under-Lyme || Uttoxeter

Each class of the term is self-contained, so you are welcome to join at any point. Each class is followed by complimentary refreshments and the opportunity to ask questions. We also have many books and materials available to help you deepen your understanding and meditation experience through further reading. 

You do not need to be a Buddhist to attend, and no previous experience of meditation is required. Everybody is welcome!

Free Events at Tara IKRC

Blessings for a Year

Meet all the Buddhas throughout the year
Thursdays 7:30pm

A monthly event throughout the year focused on meeting and engaging in the practice of different Kadampa Deities. Enjoy a rare opportunity to engage in these very special chanted prayers that help us to make our life more meaningful. No need to book and no fee, just drop in!

The prayers start at 7.30 pm and the duration varies based on the prayer booklets (sadhana) we use.

Lunchtime Meditation

Monday - Friday 12:30-12:50pm
(except during retreats, so please check the calendar)

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful so that we can find relief from mental discomfort, worries or anxiety.

These twenty minute sessions will allow you to truly relax and de-stress so you can return to your day feeling clear-headed and refreshed. A typical session includes a short talk and a guided breathing meditation.
No need to book, just drop in! Everyone is welcome!

Prayers for World Peace

Sundays at 2:00-2:45pm
(except during retreats, so please check the calendar)

Take a break from your day and find some inner calm.

Enjoy relaxing guided meditation, a short teaching on love and compassion, and the beautiful Prayers for World Peace that will help you navigate life with a more peaceful, positive mind. No need to book. Just drop in! Everyone is welcome!

Google reviews
I don't know if I can express with words everything I've lived in this wonderful place! I think as much as I try, I can't because it was just magical! The beauty of the place, the peace that the place brought me, the meditations, the people who lived there or just volunteered, everything was just perfect, everything was as it should have been. I just have to thank everything I've experienced and I highly recommend it! I will definitely be back too!
— Joseli
A very special and beautiful place. The people are incredibly sweet and welcoming. The meditation classes and retreats are well-designed for all levels, and the rooms are very comfortable for a long-term stay. I have a transformational experience every time I visit here.
— Tomoko Saeki
Such an amazing place. You can feel the calming influence as soon as you get there. Lovely staff and the food and drinks are great too.
— George Allen
Such an amazing place. Have stayed there twice now, once for a retreat and once during the week just so I cpuld be in the energy of the teachings and get reconnected again. I highly recommend the teachings and even if you don't follow Buddhism it's a beautiful energy to be in
— Claire Roche
Loved it. Beautiful gardens and lovely teachings by the lovely Buddhists The cafe was great and food was healthy and tasty . Will be visiting again
— Wendi M
I have just returned from the weekend retreat and have to say I had the most wonderful time! I had never been anywhere like this before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Wow, it is such a beautiful place with beautiful people. The classes and meditations are very clear and eye opening. I will now be using these in my daily life and want to learn a lot more. I will definitely be back. Thank you so much for a life-changing weekend.
— Gemma H
What can I say about the most beautiful place I have ever been fortunate to have been a part of. The community, the grounds, the food, the love, the tranquility, second to none. If you can, you should. What a place.
— Greg H
Everybody Welcome

Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre


Ashe Hall
Ash Lane
DE65 6HT