Christmas Overnight Retreat

Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th December 2021

Join us as we gather for a Christmas-themed overnight retreat in the quiet countryside of Herefordshire

About the retreat

A unique getaway for soothing and balancing the overworked mind and body.

This intimate overnight Christmas meetup, exclusively for a small group of our Samadhi Community, gives you a chance to get away just before the holiday madness, unwind and relax, enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside, and spend time with like-minded friends.

Our time together will be flexible, with a mixture of guided meditation practice, workshops exploring Buddhist concepts for a happy and meaningful life, and time to enjoy the space and each other’s company. 

We’ll finish with a sit-down Christmas lunch together – don’t forget your Christmas jumper!

About The Venue

Buddhist retreat centre in Herefordshire

Maitreya House is a beautiful Buddhist retreat centre located in a very remote part of the rolling wooded hills of Herefordshire.

The centre comprises a converted cottage and several wooden cabins on a four-acre site, overlooking wonderful views of the Golden Valley and Hay Bluff, an unspoilt rural setting close to Offa’s Dyke. 


Simple and comfortable rooms

The Centre can accommodate up to 12 attendees, mostly in twin rooms.

On the first floor of the Main House are two twin bedrooms, a single bedroom, and a modern bathroom. On the grounds are three wooden cabins, each with two single beds, for one or two-person occupancy. A further small ‘chalet’ room adjoins the new timber outbuilding. A modern wooden utility block comprises two toilets, two showers and a laundry.

Please note: Blankets and duvets are provided, but please bring your own toiletries, bed sheet, pillowcase and duvet cover, and towel.


Homecooked vegan food

Manu will cater for our group during this retreat and offer simple, home-cooked vegan meals. Meals consist of an evening meal on Saturday, continental breakfast on Sunday, and a Christmas lunch on Sunday. We will also provide refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks. Please feel free to bring anything else.

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.
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 ✨
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 🙏😍

Meet the Hosts

Guiding your meditation & yoga experience

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 be our chef for the retreat and be around to assist 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

Make a Booking

Reserve your place today



For a limited time, book for only £130 per person (£160)

When booking with us you are accepting our retreats terms and conditions.


Everything you need to know

Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Please ensure you have submitted your dietary information to us at the time of booking to make sure that Manu can cater accordingly. If a diet is extremely specialised, then there may be a supplementary charge.

Blankets and duvets are provided. Please bring your own sheet, pillow case and duvet cover, or sleeping bag, and towel.

Things you may want to bring:

  • Comfortable clothing for our sessions
  • Clothing for our sit-down meals
  • Waterproofs and wellies or walking boots for outdoor activities
  • No shoes are allowed in the house, so you may want to bring slippers or thick socks
  • Meditation stool or cushion if you have one
  • Pen and paper for making notes
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Usual toiletries

There is on street parking outside Maitreya House

Arrival is from 4pm on Saturday. On arrival, go straight to the Main House where you will be greeted by David and Manu. They will show you to your room and offer you refreshments. Our introductory session will begin at 5.00pm, with dinner at 7.00pm.

Have another question? Please send us an email or a message us using the chat in the corner of the screen.

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.