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Awakening the Compassionate Presence

Event Description



March 5-10, 2019



Silence Level


What is it?

The lack of compassionate holding that many of us experienced early in life can leave us with lasting wounds. This retreat will explore practices that aim to transform the trauma we carry with us from childhood. This will involve meditation within the body, cultivating self-compassion and profound acceptance of how we are. As we begin to heal, we develop the capacity to inhabit our body and emotions with greater ease and understanding.

We will also use the deity Chenrezig (the Buddha of Compassion) as a compassionate presence giving us a taste of the quality of holding he can offer. The relationship to Chenrezig will provide a means for healing the heart and its wounds. We will develop the practice of tonglen as a means of repairing our relationship with the inner wounded child. Rob will introduce the way in which Chenrezig embodies our potential capacity to open to the quality of great compassion (bodhicitta) and incorporate this in our life in how we respond to the suffering of others. We will look at the nature of bodhicitta and how it can awaken within us.  This will be the basis of the practice of Mahamudra that can gradually evolve out of it.

Join Rob Preece, a Buddhist practitioner and meditator of many decades and a sought-after teacher around the world, for an experience that opens the heart to our inner selves and gentle ways of seeing ourselves.

Additional information

Ordained monastics should contact the office directly to register.

  • Rob would like some information about you if you register by filling out a form.  Please fill it out either online or by downloading and posting directly to Rob.
  • Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat.
  • Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat.
  • You must attend this retreat in full. In order to preserve the integrity of the group experience, no late arrivals or early departures can be accommodated. 
  • For a preview of our accommodations, please click here.
  • For answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

  • 5 March 2019 to 10 March 2019

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Teacher Bio

Rob Preece

Rob Preece

Rob Preece has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for the past 40 years. He was a founding member of Manjushri Institute in the UK and lived there until 1980 when he went into retreat above Daramsala on the guidance of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He remained there for the next five years primarily in retreat but with the opportunity to study with a number of eminent lamas including Song Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, Gomo Rinpoche and H.H. Dalai Lama.

Returning to the west in 1985 he began to train as a Psychotherapist at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology in London, a Jungian based psychotherapy. Since that time he has had a busy Psychotherapy practice and has taught many workshops on comparative Jungian and Buddhist Psychology. More recently his work has shifted from psychotherapy to spiritual mentoring.

Over the past 25 years Rob has also lead many meditation retreats introducing the practices of the Tantric tradition with a wish to honor Lama Yeshe's profound and creative approach to practice. Many of these retreats bring together the combination of meditation and movement guided by his wife Anna. In 2005 Rob was initiated as a Granicero or 'weather worker' within the Nahual tradition of Central Mexico something that informs his work with the land and weather within which he lives in the UK. He brings together the Tantric tradition with this shamanic background as a means to help Tantric practice become grounded in relation to the land and the elements of the natural world.

Rob is an experienced thangka painter, keen gardener and the father of two boys. He is the author of The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra, The Wisdom of Imperfection, The Courage to Feel and Preparing for Tantra.

Teacher’s fees

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless; remuneration of our teachers is not included in the fee information detailed on this page. Instead, we invite you to consider bringing a cash donation with you to express your gratitude for the teachings. (Participants get a chance to present a cash offering to the teachers on the last day of the retreat and this is supplemented by a donation from Vajrapani Institute.)

Fees (inclusive of accommodation and meals)

Option A is a subsidized fee designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. These fees are supported by generous contributions to Vajrapani Institute. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. We encourage you to choose Option B if you’re financially able. The accommodations are the same for both options.

10% membership discounts are applicable for members.


Dorm $651 $824
Semi-private room $704 $876
Private room $966 $1,133
Private room – extra person $599 $773
Cabin $1,160 $1,324
Cabin – extra person $656 $850