4 Day “Tranquillity and Insight” Meditation Retreat

Monday 28th March – Thursday 31st March, 2022 (Sold Out)
Monday 14th November – Thursday 17th November, 2022

A Journey in Mindfulness to Soothe the Body, Heal the Mind, Restore Balance, and Cultivate Insight

About the retreat

Join us for a 4-day meditation and yoga retreat in the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire.

During this retreat, led by Buddhist meditation teacher, David Johnson, and accredited yoga teacher, Manu Orozco, we will explore methods for cultivating tranquillity (shamatha) and insight (vipassana) through body, breath and mind.

David will explore the ancient teachings and practices of shamatha and its union with vipassana. Shamatha practice is all about training and improving our focus and concentration. It helps us to unwind, let go of stress and worry, and cultivate mental and emotional balance. With a calm, clear and focussed mind, we then venture into vipassana – getting to know ourselves better, investigating our mind and feelings, and coming to understand our lived experience.

To help deepen our practice and cultivate inner stillness, we observe silence in the mornings until lunch.

Manu will share practical breathing and asana practices from the yogic traditions which enable us to deepen our tranquillity and enhance our concentration. The soothing and healing yoga sessions also help to improve physical flexibility, strength and resistance.

About The Venue

Idyllic and peaceful 13th century Manor

Set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, Charney Manor offers an attractive rural setting, spacious grounds and a sense of history. Parts of the Manor date back to the 13th Century. With its unique atmosphere of peace and tranquillity, tempting home-cooked meals and a warm welcome, this venue is the ideal setting for a retreat of relaxation, reflection and renewal.


Clean and comfortable ensuite rooms

All bedrooms come equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, towels, and complimentary shower gelMost bedrooms are ensuite, with two having private bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms has very different characteristics, which makes each totally unique. The character and history-filled rooms all benefit from beautiful stone windows with fantastic views over either the extensive front and side gardens, the paddock or the central courtyard, all of which comes to life in the summer months.


Vegan & delicious!

The retreat is fully catered with fresh and enticing vegan delicacies. Meals consist of a continental breakfast, two-course lunches and two-course evening meals with a choice of desserts. There will also be mid-morning and afternoon tea, coffee and homemade cookies or cakes. All meals are freshly prepared to the highest quality and cooked on site.

The Grounds

A unique atmosphere of peace and tranquillity

Our retreat takes place in 3 acres of beautiful grounds that include mature trees, horse paddock, a secret garden, a fruit orchard and tranquil seating areas, which all guests are welcome to explore and enjoy. There are also lovely walks through the old village and along the meandering river Ock.

Local Interest

Explore the quiet countryside

As well as guests being able to participate in a variety of local Countryside walks, starting at the Manor, there are also places of interest nearby. Charney Bassett has a lovely family-run village pub. This is a few minutes walk away from the Manor and has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The White Horse Hill, located in the small village of Uffington, is an incredible sight to see. Wayland’s Smithy is a neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb site near the White Horse Hill and Uffington Castle. The historic Kelmscott Manor is also a short distance away. The historical City of Oxford is just 23 minutes away by car.

What's included

Everything you need for a unique experience


Hear from our previous attendees

Sally Dells
Sally Dells
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From the moment I arrived I was not alone. I became part of a family of the best and most inspirational people I’ve ever met in my life. I experienced a moment of pure happiness. I learnt an immense amount to deepen my practise and have come home with heaps of tools to use in everyday life to calm my stresses and anxieties. David and Manu of Samadhi are 2 of the kindest most humble humans among us and I can’t thank you enough for this life changing experience. It’s never too late to face the scaries in our lives🧡
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What an amazing experience! I attended a meditation and yoga weekend retreat with Samadhi in Oxfordshire and everything was perfect. The many sessions (meditation, yoga and talks) were incredibly interesting and helpful. There was a very positive vibe within the group, the food was outstanding and the place was so beautiful and relaxing. It is a wonderful and rare occasion to get to spend some time exploring the mind with a group of kind-hearted people as well as taking the time to reconnect with your own self. Everything was very well organised, I have learned a lot over the 3 days and I think the positive effect of the retreat will have a long lasting impact. I highly recommend this organisation and their retreats to anyone and hope I will be able to attend another of their retreat. Thank you.
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Attended the 3 day retreat in the Yorkshire Dales and would definitely recommend Samadhi Retreats. Learnt so much about meditation and the yoga was amazing, also learnt about myself. Manu and David are wonderful, knowledgable and friendly, they brought warmth and humour to the whole weekend experience. I was apprehensive at attending alone but have made some great friends for life.
Jan Anderson
Jan Anderson
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Just got back from a 2 night retreat in the Yorkshire Dales and I can 100% recommend Samadhi Retreats. It has been a very relaxing and calming experience and I have gained so much from the workshops and meditation and the Yoga is just amazing. David and Manu are just so lovely and I have met some very special people which is an added bonus. If you need a bit of time out and a reset this will be the biggest gift you can give yourself
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I've just returned from the 3 Day “Relax and De-Stress” Meditation Retreat in North Yorkshire. I loved the content - the meditation and the yoga sessions were exactly what I wanted and I have returned feeling ready to continue my learning and practice. David and Manu are a great team. They brought together a bunch of strangers who left as friends. Thank you for a fantastic experience.
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David and Manu are the perfect hosts for this wonderful experience. I attended the retreat alone but came away enriched with new friends and experiences. I would highly recommend and look forward to booking again.
Steph Feelingshifts
Steph Feelingshifts
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Thank you David, Manu and also everyone else who made the experience most enjoyable. I'm still processing the positive effects: a mix of feeling drained after releasing so much and elation/motivation 🙏😍
Jane Ireland
Jane Ireland
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I just attended a 4 day yoga/ meditation retreat at Charney Manor. I would thoroughly recommend it. David's meditation sessions, and teachings on, were excellent. Manu's yoga sessions were relaxing and enjoyable. The retreat was very well organised and Charney Manor with its grounds is beautiful. The food was delicious and plentiful. I have come away feeling a lot calmer and better informed about meditation and its benefits.
Allice Lett
Allice Lett
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What a wonderful weekend it was! Thank you to everyone else that went, I learnt something off everyone I spoke to. And David and Manu you were both incredible! I'm still feeling very inspired ✨

Meet the Hosts

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David Johnson

International Buddhist Meditation Teacher & Retreat Leader

David will lead this retreat, run the workshops and guided meditations, and be on hand as a mentor to support you.

David is an experienced Buddhist contemplative and meditation guide who has studied and taught internationally for several years. He is the Co-Founder of Samadhi and a qualified mindfulness teacher, Mental Health First Aider, and an active member of the Association for Spiritual Integrity. His teaching style is clear and practical, and his warm and humorous approach makes him a popular mindfulness teacher.

Manuel Orozco Jimenez

Accredited Yoga Teacher & Retreat Coordinator

Manu is our retreat co-ordinator and accredited yoga teacher. He will guide our morning vinyasa yoga sessions and, alongside our venue hosts, will be around to assist you during your retreat and make sure you have a wonderful experience.

He is the Co-Founder of Samadhi and a Mental Health First Aider. Manu’s laid-back approach and kind heart has a warming and inspiring impact on our retreatants and he is much loved by all.

Details & Schedule

What to expect

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The cost of this all-inclusive 4-day/3-night retreat is £625 (for Early Birds)

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4 Day Retreat (EARLY BIRD - DEPOSIT ONLY) £100

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Everything you need to know

Yoga sessions with Manu

Before the event, you will be asked to fill out a form related to your yoga ability and health and safety. The classes will be adapted to the group depending on the overall level. 

Pranayama with Manu

Pranayama exercises are suitable for most people with no level of experience required. Some health conditions may prevent you from taking part.

Meditation & Buddhism with David

Some understanding or experience of meditation and/or Buddhist thought can be helpful, but this is not required. 

Yes, the private chef does cater for a wide variety of dietary requirements. Please ensure you have submitted your dietary information to us at the time of booking to make sure that our private chef caters accordingly. If a diet is extremely specialised, then there may be a supplementary charge of £7.20 per 24 hours.

For the meditation and workshop sessions, you just need to wear something comfortable. During our first session, you will claim a spot in the meditation hall with a yoga mat and cushion provided (or chair, if preferred). We ask you to use this same spot, yoga mat and cushion throughout the weekend so as to prevent infection. If, weather permitting, the yoga sessions are held outside, you can take your yoga mat from the hall with you to the outside space. For the yoga sessions, wear some comfortable clothes in which you can move freely. You are welcome to bring any additional cushions, mats or blankets if you wish.

At our Oxfordshire venue, the maximum number of people on a retreat is 21 peoople. At our Yorkshire venue, the maximum number of people on a retreat is 16 people.

Yes, the Manor has ample free parking available for guests.

Arrival is from 4pm on Friday. On arrival, go straight to Reception where you will be greeted by our venue hosts. They will show you to your room and the welcome area for tea, coffee and biscuits. Our introductory session will begin at 6.00pm, with dinner at 7.00pm.

We will be following the relevant Government guidance in place at the time of the retreat. Details of what measures have been put in place can be found in the venue’s COVID Secure Risk Assessment. Please get in touch to request the last risk assessment.

You will be advised of all the health & safety details of the buildings and its facilities at your first group session. Manuel Orozco Jimenez, our retreat co-ordinator, will be your first point of contact in case of emergency. He will also hold the master key in case any individual locks themselves out of their bedroom. If it is an actual emergency, the Resident Warden of the site is available overnight.

Yes, Wi-Fi is available in all facilities and bedrooms

Yes, the venue does have an electric car charging point. There is an additional charge of £5.00 per full charge organised direct with the venue.

Please advise us in advance if you expect to be delayed. This will allow us to make arrangements for your key to be left in Reception, access will be available to you where you will find your bedroom details, directions to your bedroom and details of how to access your bedroom. If you are likely to arrive after dinner, we will make sure that your meal is plated for you and left in the Guest fridge in the Dining room. Once you have found your bedroom then you can arrange to have your meal in the dining room.  There is also a microwave for guests use.

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Human Friendly Events

Samadhi is an inclusive organisation and we welcome people of all ages, genders (including gender identity), sexual orientation, abilities, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief.

As an LGBTQ-led Buddhist organisation, we strongly believe that no one should be discriminated against for any reason at all and subscribe to the ideals of non-harm and loving-kindness. You’re welcome no matter who you are and you’re free to express yourself authentically.

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