Maitri: Compassion and the Five Wisdom Energies

with Matthias Heidel

May 12th—May 14th

Date details +
  • £160 Full Price
  • £130 Early Bird
  • £20 Deposit
Room: London meditation hall
Program Registration is Closed.
This programme is now full, please contact [email protected] to join a waiting list

About the Maitri Space Awareness Programme

Each one of us has an energetic expression in the world, which can be seen in our attitudes, our emotions, our actions and our interactions. Vajrayana Buddhism recognizes this expression as five basic energies inherent in all of us called the Five Buddha Families. At times this energetic display manifests in apparent chaos and neuroses, and at other times as wisdom and compassion.

Maitri Space Awareness Practice was designed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 as a method for accessing and working with these energies directly, in the moment, within the context of a meditative practice environment.

In this weekend retreat we will use specific colours and postures to evoke particular psychological qualities. Through doing this practice, receiving guidance from the instructor and through discussion, we will explore our experience and begin to look at how our patterns of thought, emotions and behavior correspond to one or more of the wisdom energies described.  This direct experience of both our confusion and our wisdom opens a space for genuineness, goodness and compassion. 

What is involved?
  • Periods of mindfulness and awareness meditation
  • Experiencing the five postures and five colours (using coloured glasses) to create a direct experience of the Five Wisdom energies
  • An opportunity for creative expression
  • Contemplative and open communication dyads

Matthias Heidel

"Almost as long as I can remember, I have been interested in what is behind the obvious, the surface of things and people. The main inspiration behind my work as an artist, art therapist, and Non-violent Communication trainer is to dig into what it really means to be 'authentic.' I am convinced that play and creativity are at the core of every human being to find their own unique access to this basic life energy. The Five Wisdom Energy work is, in my experience, a most wonderful way to rediscover our innate qualities of wisdom and compassion, and to enrich our own and others’ lives."

Matthias has studied sculpting at the university of fine arts in Karlsruhe, Germany, client centered art therapy at AKP Institute in Wiesbaden, meditation with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and other teachers, and non-violent Communication with several trainers, especially Robert Gonzales in his Living Compassion work. 


Further Information

A concession fee of £90 is available for those earning below £17,000 per annum and a concession fee of £70 is available for those earning below £12,000 (including full time students).  Please contact [email protected]

To reserve a place on this course please pay a £20 deposit upon registration.  Early registration is advised - places are limited to ensure quality support, and we anticipate this course will be fully booked.