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Staying as Guest at Dhammagiri
Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage is primarily a residence for Bhikkhus (Buddhist monks) in the lineage of Ajahn Chah and comparable lineages in the wider Theravada Forest Tradition. Dhammagiri does not host group retreats.
However, it is possible for individual male or two female lay people to stay for short or long periods and share in the monastic experience. As there are no permanent lay residents to organise or oversee retreats, a degree of self direction and an established meditation practice are required of retreatants. Guests observe the 8 Precepts throughout their stay without exception.
Male guests are usually accommodated in Kutis (small huts) isolated in the forest at the top of Dhammagiri hill and can retreat alone. To organise a retreat, please see the guidelines and submit an application form. Do not send personal details via the contact page.
Female guests are accommodated in individual rooms in the main house at the bottom of the hill with shared bathroom and toilet facilities. For safety reasons on a secluded rural property, we require two females to go on retreat together. It is preferred that you arrange a co-retreatant yourself. We do not have space for more than two ladies at the same time.
However, if unable to do that, our retreat coordinator for females may be able to help you find one. Please contact her at:
To organise a retreat, please see the guidelines and application form. Do not send personal details via the contact page.
"Live enjoying seclusion...live delighting in seclusion,
engage in practising inner mental tranquility,
not neglecting meditation,
and frequenting empty dwellings."
The Buddha, Itivuttaka #45
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