Frequently Asked Questions
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 Friday evening at 6:30pm. You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm. It is normally not advisable to plan to arrive later than this. If you think you might need to, please contact us before booking.
We will finish on the Sunday afternoon, around 3pm.
What will the accommodation be like?
Kench Hill 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?
Kench Hill has three single rooms that can be allocated to people with special requirements. If you require a single room to be able to attend, please contact us before booking to ensure availability.
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?
Please bring your own single sheets, duvet cover and pillow cases (we have plenty of pillows).
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.
Where to Find Us
The retreat is at Rivendell Retreat Centre.