One Meaningful Word

Creative writing & meditation retreat

Light coming down through rocks in Antelope Canyon

Better than a thousand meaningless statements
Is one meaningful word,
Which, having been heard,
Brings peace.
(The Buddha in The Dhammapada)

Join us on retreat for five days at Sudarshanaloka in late January in search of that ‘beautiful word’.

Using creative writing we can explore parts of ourselves that may be fresh and new and even exciting – all in the context of our beautiful native bush environment, daily Buddhist meditation and practice, and Dharma friends. And you do not need to be an experienced writer to reap the benefits.

This is an exciting and rare opportunity to combine our mindfulness and meditation practice with the imaginative possibilities of creative writing. We know from our meditation that the present moment can be rich and deep and immensely rewarding. Exploring this further with creative writing exercises can uncover an authentic inner ‘voice’ that may be fresh and insightful.

Suitable for newcomers as well as those with experience in our tradition.

We especially welcome those who have attended this event before as we will introduce some new exercises to deepen and extend your practice further.


Start: 26 January 2023 at 6:30pm
Finish: 31 January 2023 at 12:00pm


$450 (full) / $410 (low)
Please don't let money be a barrier - contact us for options

Youth Special: $300 for those under 35 who are willing to camp (you'll need to bring your own camping gear)

Caring for each other's health

Before attending, please read our current Covid Guidelines. This is part of how we practice together.


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Tararu Valley, Thames

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