Staying at Dharmagiri

what to bring:

The weather patterns at Dharmagiri are varied and dramatic. Summer is the rainy season with both hot and cool days and the winter is dry, sunny in the day but cold when the sun sets. In summer bring a light raincoat and umbrella and clothes for very hot and cold days. In winter bring winter woolies, warm hat and thermo jackets. A shawl for meditation all year round will also come in handy.

  • With the Mountain at our backdoor, you will need a pair of walking shoes or hiking boots. Slip-on and -off sandals or shoes are useful for movement between your rooms.
  • There are meditation mats, cushions, benches and chairs in the meditation hall but if you need a special cushion for meditation, please bring it along. 
  • Sunblock, sunglasses and hat
  • Personal toiletries and tissues
  • Paper and pen if you wish to take notes
  • A small flask if you wish to take hot water to your room at night
  • A torch/flash light & umbrella
  • A water bottle 
  • Personal medicines and vitamins
  • A small knee blanket or shawl for meditation
  • Specialist teas and supplements if needed

food & beverages

Dharmagiri provides three simple vegan / vegetarian meals per day. If you have any special dietary additions, please let us know. If your dietary needs are highly specialized, please kindly bring food items needed to suppliment your diet. There’s a drinks counter and biscuit tin which retreatants are welcome to access throughout the day and evening.

daily work contribution

To support the smooth running of the daily routine, we ask that those on retreat help with a few simple chores and to with keeping the communal areas tidy. This amounts to about half an hour to 40 mins a day. Usually people enjoy contributing in this way as it helps support the cultivation of community within the retreat.

Ethical Guidelines

We ask guests to abide by the 5 Buddhist precepts:

  • To refrain from harming and the taking of life – to maintain respect for life.
  • To refrain from taking what is not offered – to practice generosity.
  • To refrain from misuse of the senses & sexuality – to practice renunciation.
  • To refrain from harmful, deceptive and harsh speech – to practice speech that promotes truth, accord and clarity.
  • To refrain from intoxicating drugs & alcohol – to respect the instrument of awakening which is consciousness