Meditation & Buddhism in Bristol & SW – Shambhala

Shambhala is an international community of practitioners of meditation in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. The Bristol and South West UK Shambhala Meditation Group offers meditation instruction for beginners, newcomers, and advanced students, Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, and a place to meet for people who would like to open their hearts and minds.


Would you like to learn to meditate, allow more space and joy into your life and learn how to work with your mind and body?

Then join us for meditation, talks and discussions followed by refreshments and the opportunity to socialise. You will receive meditation instruction free of charge. For more details on our programme please go to our calendar for activities in Bristol.

Bristol regular meditation sessions at 17 Lower Redland Road:

  • Wednesday evenings: 7.30pm – 9:30pm
    For meditation instruction please arrive a little early if you can. We finish the session with tea and biscuits from 9.30pm until around 9.45pm. If you would like to attend but can’t make the whole session, you are welcome to stay for as long as you are able. 
  • Second Sunday of each month: City Retreat Days, 10am-4pm
    Open to all, an opportunity to practice for longer. Meditation instruction is available for newcomers. You are welcome to attend the whole day, or just the morning or afternoon session

Featured Course – Social Transformation and Self Awareness

A weekend course exploring the connection between societal change and personal growth


We are pleased to announce that this spring, Joe Litven will be visiting the UK to teach the following course between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th April at the Bristol Shambhala centre

The world is in sad shape.  In the media, news reports about terrorism, environmental degradation and other social ills form our constant diet.  These are challenges we are all living through.  How to change and transform society for the better?–that is the nagging and difficult question.

This program will explore the interface and necessary connection between societal change and personal growth, a topic discussed by many great thinkers and political activists, such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.  We will take as our reference point the Shambhala teachings on society and societal neurosis and the Mahayana Buddhist teachings on open heartedness and unlimited generosity.  The meditation practice of mindfulness-awareness will be our anchor.

For more information and to register please click on this link


We have other groups that are part of Bristol and SW U.K. The groups meet as follows:

  • Dorchester: Tuesday 7:30pm – 9:00pm, at the The Friend’s Meeting House, 8 Holloway Road, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LF. Tel:  01305 889476 (Colin) or visit the Dorchester website for details.
  • Hereford: this group tries to meet monthly. Please email for information.
  • Stroud: Tuesday 7.45pm – 9pm, at Chalford Village Hall near Stroud. Tel 01453 889609 (Call John or Sophie) for details.
  • Cardiff: Thursdays 7.30pm – 9pm, at Manda Yoga, 372 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF5 1HE. Contact Sue on 07427 643197 for more details

If you have any questions about our programmes or meditation please email or call 0117 3296109 and leave a message – someone will call you back.