Middle Way Society retreats at Tirylan House all combine a mixture of interdependent practices to help you relax, focus, reflect and develop along the path of the Middle Way. These typically include meditation, the arts, critical thinking, and discussion. Discussion is concerned with the intersection between practical life, philosophy and psychology.

The Middle Way, as understood in Robert’s work and in the Middle Way Society, is a universal and provisional path of judgement constantly informed by experience, avoiding both positive and negative dogmas. Middle Way Society retreats are open to people working in any tradition or none (for instance Buddhism, Christianity, any science or academic discipline), to help them make helpful judgements that cultivate inspiration but avoid dogma in that tradition. There are no gurus or appeals to tradition as an unexamined source of authority, but we also seek to engage positively with the resources offered by various traditions.

Here is our upcoming programme of retreats, linked to further details:

Retreats in 2022

Understanding Absolutization 22nd-27th Sept 2022 (including weekend only option)

The Threefold Practice 20th-25th Oct 2022 (including weekend only option)

Jung’s Red Book: A Shared Reading Retreat: 16th-23rd Nov 2022

Retreats in 2023

Archetypes and the Middle Way: 10th-12th Feb 2023

The Five Principles 1: Scepticism: 17th-19th Mar 2023

Yoga, Embodiment and the Middle Way (with George Glen): 7th-11th Apr 2023

The Five Principles 2: Provisionality 12th-14th May 2023

Music and the Middle Way: 9th-11th Jun 2023

The Five Principles 3: Incrementality: 7th-9th Jul 2023

Walking and the Middle Way (with Barry Daniel): 24th-27th Aug 2023

The Five Principles 4: Agnosticism: 22nd-24th Sep 2023

Poetry and the Middle Way: 20th-22nd Oct 2023

The Five Principles 5: Integration: 17th-19th Nov 2023

To book on any of these retreats, please read ‘Being on Retreat at Tirylan House’, then go to ‘Costs and Booking’.