How long do I need to have been practising?
The retreat will be suitable for anyone who is part of our sangha or a friend of our sangha.
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
Although our inspiration and practices come from Buddhist teachings, you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend or benefit from the retreat.
What does the cost include?
The retreat cost covers the full cost of the retreat, including all food.
When does the retreat start and end?
The retreat will begin with dinner on the first evening. You are welcome to arrive any time from 5PM - exact details will be provided ahead of each retreat. It is normally not advisable to plan to arrive later than the recommended time. If you think you might need to, please contact us before booking.
On the final day we will finish during the afternoon, again full details will be given for each specific retreat.
What will the accommodation be like?
Each retreat provides simple, but comfortable accommodation. Living communally is an important and enjoyable part of the retreat. We will be in shared single-sex rooms with 2-4 people in each, and will eat together communally.
Living communally means caring for each other. The team leading the retreat are volunteers who are on retreat as well and we will ask you to help out with simple chores. Working together is a good way of getting to know each other, and it also helps us keep the cost of the retreat to a minimum.
Can I have a single room?
There is only one single room which is on the first floor that can be allocated to someone with special requirements. If you require a single room to be able to attend, please contact us before booking to ensure availability. Please note there is one shared room on the ground floor for people who may have mobility requirements.
What will the food be like?
Many Buddhists eat a vegan diet as an expression of non-violence. As such, all food will be vegan.
If you have any allergies, please contact us before booking to ensure we can cater for you.
What do I need to bring?
Our English climate can be so variable, so bring clothes suitable for all weather: we suggest you bring layers as well as a warm jumper or jacket. You'll also need suitable shoes if you want to go for a walk.
In addition you'll need to bring any toiletries you need including a towel. It is also a good idea to bring a torch if you have one and you may also want to bring a notebook and pen.