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The Krishnamurti Centre

Krisnamurti Centre

"if you assert and I assert, if you stick to your opinion, to your dogma, to your knowledge, and I stick to mine, then there can be no real discussion, because neither of us is free to inquire. To discuss is not to share our experiences with each other. There is no sharing at all: there is only the beauty of truth, which neither you nor I can possess. It is simply there."

J. Krishnamurti

Events Calendar

Events and activities at the Krishnamurti Centre have been grouped into 3 categories: themed weekends, study retreats and Introduction Days.

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Themed Weekends

  • Is it possible to create a new society?

    Friday, 20th March 2020 - Sunday, 22nd March 2020
  • Is there anything sacred at all?

    Friday, 10th April 2020 - Monday, 13th April 2020

    The sacred is commonly associated with organised religion, rituals and rites that human beings have been performing for centuries, and with God. Krishnamurti challenges this view stating, ‘All religions are invented by thought. What is invented may be called sacred, but it is not sacred. Thought is not sacred; thought is a material process, the accumulation of knowledge and memory.’ During this retreat participants will have the opportunity to investigate and unveil the possible meaning of the sacred.

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  • Young Adults Retreat - Learning about oneself

    Friday, 24th April 2020 - Sunday, 26th April 2020

    This retreat is an invitation to a young people interested in exploring relevant topics together. Dialogue is one of activities that supports this inquiry and self-reflection. During the weekend we will try to unveil what it means to learn about oneself, in what way human beings are similar, and how our shared humanity can enable our understanding of each other.

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  • Can we perceive holistically?

    Friday, 15th May 2020 - Sunday, 17th May 2020

    Our consciousness functions in a fragmentary manner: our mind says one thing, our heart another, the sensations yet a third, and the imagination goes to work.  We live within the circuit of thought.  Within this movement, rivalries, contradictions and conflicts are inevitable.  Is there another way of seeing and being in which the heart and mind are not divided, where body, mind and heart, in harmony, bring about a mutation which is of the whole, by the whole?

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  • Can the mind be free?

    Friday, 19th June 2020 - Sunday, 21st June 2020

    Our minds seem to be heavily burdened. We worry about the future, earning a livelihood, about our loved ones and the many crises of daily life. Krishnamurti points out that a mind cluttered with occupations, ambitions and in pursuit of its own goals, is incapable of looking at something afresh, as if for the first time. On this retreat participants may explore together the intricacies of the mind and investigate the possibility of freedom from all this turmoil.

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  • Can we live without ambition?

    Friday, 3rd July 2020 - Sunday, 5th July 2020
  • Is love pleasure?

    Friday, 28th August 2020 - Monday, 31st August 2020

    Krishnamurti clearly states that love is not pleasure, desire or fulfilment. Being educated and influenced to uphold love as the most powerful thing to look for in life, do we even know what love may be? Social media, cultural structures and religions all purport to know what love is and advise human beings on how to live it and what to do to get it. Through Krishnamurti’s insights, participants will have the opportunity to question and reflect about their own concepts of love.

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  • The movement of becoming

    Friday, 16th October 2020 - Sunday, 18th October 2020

    The acorn becomes an oak; the bank clerk becomes the manager.  Are these two ‘becomings’ the same?  Or is one organic and natural, the other fraught with human toil and strife?  It seems we are unaware of the very real danger of projecting a future out of the present, then living it as if it were real.  Psychological time is the vehicle of this promised hoped-for ‘better’ state.  Never actual but always to-be-realised, it has fathered revolutions and individual dreams. Can we be aware of is movement in ourselves and create space for something else to happen?      

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  • Observing without memory

    Friday, 18th December 2020 - Sunday, 20th December 2020

    Krishnamurti draws attention to the observer as the observed and the requirement of awareness in such unity.  We may, through memory, imperceptibly want to distance ourselves from things observed. One wishes to compare and choose, to control what we think suits us. With all this in mind is there an observation, a perception, that does not evoke such thinking or memory? Is there observing that does not predictably fit into the limitation of our knowledge?

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Study Retreats

  • Dialogue retreat

    Sunday, 16th February 2020 - Sunday, 23rd February 2020
  • Nordic retreat

    Thursday, 16th April 2020 - Monday, 20th April 2020

    This retreat, organised by the Nordic Krishnamurti Committees, invites people from the Nordic countries, and friends, for a period of inquiry and reflection. The event is held in English.

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  • Spanish retreat

    Wednesday, 6th May 2020 - Wednesday, 13th May 2020
  • Swiss retreat

    Thursday, 21st May 2020 - Sunday, 24th May 2020
  • Young Adults Retreat - The mirror of relationship

    Friday, 17th July 2020 - Wednesday, 22nd July 2020

    This retreat is an invitation to a young people interested in exploring relevant topics together. During this five-day retreat the topic of relationship prompts the investigation into ourselves. Krishnamurti pointed out that relationship is of the utmost importance in our lives. It is through, and in, relationship that we reveal ourselves and uncover our conditioning, conduct and moral values. Participants will have the opportunity to experience this and to find out if, in this movement, an understanding of each other and ourselves comes about.

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  • Our Crisis of Identity: Is it 'out there' or 'in here'?

    Friday, 7th August 2020 - Wednesday, 12th August 2020

    The building of identity starts at a very early age, with our name, form, and that sense of personhood which comes with the growing body-mind.  Identity is constantly reinforced by our experience, so much so that we come to feel that this is who we are and all we are.  In our search for security we look to religion, nationality and relationship to support this fragile structure which positions itself at the centre of our existence.  In this retreat, participants may explore in- depth the nature of this apparent duality.

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  • Can silence be part of life?

    Friday, 4th September 2020 - Wednesday, 9th September 2020

    From the moment we are born until the day we die, there seems little time or space for silence.  Life is a constant moving forward until it turns back upon itself and we age and die.  Are we ever really quiet? Silence seems to have a quality and a strength of its own.  Not subject to human vicissitudes, it has an action which restores our spirit as nature does.   As we have become alienated from nature, so are we alienated from ourselves.  This retreat is an opportunity to appreciate the resonance of silence and come upon its actuality.

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  • Nordic retreat

    Thursday, 24th September 2020 - Monday, 28th September 2020

    This retreat, organised by the Nordic Krishnamurti Committees, invites people from the Nordic countries, and friends, for a period of inquiry and reflection. The event is held in English.

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  • Spanish retreat

    Wednesday, 7th October 2020 - Wednesday, 14th October 2020
  • The nature of consciousness

    Friday, 13th November 2020 - Wednesday, 18th November 2020

    From the perspective of Krishnamurti’s teachings, the multiple challenges and crises facing humanity have their common source in our lack of self-knowledge, in our ignorance of ourselves. For Krishnamurti, self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, at the core of which lies the understanding of the nature, structure and movement of consciousness. The understanding of consciousness and its right place in human existence is therefore of crucial importance in the emergence of freedom and wholeness, for the individual and the whole of humanity.

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Introduction Days

Event types

Prices for themed weekends and study retreats include all meals and accommodation.

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