Place of total clarity
Kunselling is a retreat centre in the wilds of Wales, dedicated to the individual and collective practice of Dzogchen.
In the early 1980’s, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu made it clear to his students throughout the world, that if the Dzogchen teachings were to survive, the community of practitioners must have a physical base, a place for retreat, as well as a resource centre. And so, in 1997, the Dzogchen Community UK bought an old stone farmhouse with a sunny courtyard and outbuildings, in an idyllic Welsh valley not far from Hay-on-Wye. Rinpoche first stayed there in November 1998 and consecrated it as an authentic, sacred site for the practice and continuation of the Dzogchen teachings. He named it Kunsel Ling, which means Place of Total Clarity.
Today the facilities at Kunselling include a comfortable four bedroom farmhouse with shrine room, a practice hall or gompa converted from the barn, a dance mandala with protective dome covering in the courtyard, and four modern retreat cabins, one of which is a self-contained dark-retreat cabin. It has ten acres of south-facing land, directly adjoining thousands of acres of wild and deserted common land: an idyllic location for both walking and practice. There is a constant presence of the elements. Only sheep and the occasional mewing of a red kite disturb the sense of peace and tranquillity.
Kunselling can accommodate both group events and personal retreat. To find out what goes on at the centre, view the events calendar. For enquiries about personal retreat, contact Kunselling Facilities Co-ordinator Caroline Martin. The daily rates for staying at the centre are displayed on the linked page.