Krishnamurti Centre events 2017

The Krishnamurti Centre has announced the programme of events for 2017. The various happenings include Theme Weekends, Study Retreats, Open Dialogues, Young Adults Retreat, Introductions to Krishnamurti’s life and teachings, Friends of Brockwood Park Gatherings and Monthly Video Screenings.

These events are for those who would like to inquire together in an atmosphere of openness with like-minded people. They are attended by those who are acquainted with the teachings as well as those for whom the teachings are new.


Programme of Events 2017


Saturday 4 February: Introduction to Krishnamurti’s life and teachings

Theme Weekend: Friday 17 to Sunday 19 February: The search for meaning


Study Retreat: Friday 17 to Wednesday 22 March: Can thought see its own limitations?’

Theme Weekend: Saturday 25 to Monday 27 March: What do we mean by education?’


Saturday 1 April: Introduction to Krishnamurti’s life and teachings

Theme Weekend: Friday 7 to Sunday 9 April: What is the relationship of man to nature?’

Study Retreat: Thursday 20 to Monday 24 April: Dutch retreat


Study Retreat: Wednesday 3 to Wednesday 10 May: Spanish retreat

Theme Weekend: Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May: Friends of Brockwood Park Gathering

Theme Weekend: Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May: Open dialogue

Study Retreat: Wednesday 24 to Wednesday 31 May: French retreat


Saturday 3 June: Introduction to Krishnamurti’s life and teachings

Theme Weekend: Friday 16 to Sunday 18 June: What is our relationship based on?’

Theme Weekend: Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June: The art of looking, listening and learning’


Study Retreat: Friday 21 to Wednesday 26 July: Meditation: a practice or a way of life?’


Theme Weekend: Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August: Is there a perception free of time?’


Study Retreat: Tuesday 29 August to Friday 1 September: Young adults retreat

Study Retreat: Friday 22 to Wednesday 27 September: The root of fear’


Study Retreat: Wednesday 4 to Wednesday 11 October: Spanish retreat

Saturday 7 October: Introduction to Krishnamurti’s life and teachings

Theme Weekend: Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October: Creativity and learning’

Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 October: Friends of Brockwood Park Gathering

Sunday 22 October: Special Friends of Brockwood Park Event


Study Retreat: Friday 10 to Wednesday 15 November: Is it possible to love without the interference of the mind?’


Theme Weekend: Friday 8 to Sunday 10 December: What is our responsibility in the world we live in?’


On the last Saturday of every month at 11:30 a.m. a video or an audio recording of one of Krishnamurti’s talks or discussions is played in the Centre library, followed by a dialogue.

All the meetings, dialogues and video showings will be happening in the Library. Both Theme Weekends and Study Retreats begin after lunch on Fridays, and Theme Weekends end after lunch on Sundays:

RATES: All prices are per night and per person and include full board

Non-refundable deposit to secure any bookings: £50

(In case of a cancellation, unused deposits will be valid for two months)

 Normal Rates


Per night, standard room/large room



Per Week - special rate - (7 nights stay including 1 night free), standard room/large room



Introduction day


Theme Weekend (Friday to Sunday), standard room/large room


Study Retreats (Friday to Wednesday), standard room/large room


One night following or preceding a Theme Weekend or Study Retreat


*The Reduced Rates apply from February 3rd to March 31st and from November 1st to December 21st inclusive.


J. Krishnamurti Extract from “The First and Last Freedom”, Chapter 1

To communicate with one another, even if we know each other very well, is extremely difficult. I may use words that may have to you a significance different from mine. Understanding comes when we, you and I, meet on the same level at the same time. That happens only when there is real affection between people, between husband and wife, between intimate friends. That is real communion. Instantaneous understanding comes when we meet on the same level at the same time.

It is very difficult to commune with one another easily, effectively and with definitive action. I am using words which are simple, which are not technical, because I do not think that any technical type of expression is going to help us solve our difficult problems; so I am not going to use any technical terms, either of psychology or of science. I have not read any books on psychology or any religious books, fortunately. I would like to convey, by the very simple words which we use in our daily life, a deeper significance; but that is very difficult if you do not know how to listen.

There is an art of listening. To be able really to listen, one should abandon or put aside all prejudices, preformulations and daily activities. When you are in a receptive state of mind, things can be easily understood; you are listening when your real attention is given to something. But unfortunately most of us listen through a screen of resistance. We are screened with prejudices, whether religious or spiritual, psychological or scientific; or with our daily worries, desires and fears. And with these for a screen, we listen. Therefore, we listen really to our own noise, to our own sound, not to what is being said. It is extremely difficult to put aside our training, our prejudices, our inclination, our resistance, and, reaching beyond the verbal expression, to listen so that we understand instantaneously. That is going to be one of our difficulties.

If during this discourse, anything is said which is opposed to your way of thinking and belief just listen; do not resist. You may be right, and I may be wrong; but by listening and considering together we are going to find out what is the truth. Truth cannot be given to you by somebody. You have to discover it; and to discover, there must be a state of mind in which there is direct perception. There is no direct perception when there is a resistance, a safeguard, a protection. Understanding comes through being aware of what is. To know exactly what is, the real, the actual, without interpreting it, without condemning or justifying it, is, surely, the beginning of wisdom. It is only when we begin to interpret, to translate according to our conditioning, according to our prejudice, that we miss the truth. After all, it is like research. To know what something is, what it is exactly requires research - you cannot translate it according to your moods. Similarly, if we can look, observe, listen, be aware of what is, exactly, then the problem is solved. And that is what we are going to do in all these discourses. I am going to point out to you what is, and not translate it according to my fancy; nor should you translate it or interpret it according to your background or training.