In ticking the 'I agree with the terms and conditions for coming on retreat' box, you confirm the following:
Going forth is an integral and inescapable aspect of Buddhist practice and training, it is where we make an intelligent effort to let go of that which is habitual and limited to make way for the creative and expansive dimensions of life that the Dharma can lead us into. In coming on retreat at Padmaloka you are entering a semi-monastic practice environment, a vital requirement for this is entering into the spirit of going forth. Below are several areas this requirement specifically extends into. If you are unable to undertake these requirements then our retreats are not suitable for you. To preserve the integrity of retreat conditions, as a last resort we reserve the right to ask you to leave the retreat if you ignore these, and to not take future bookings from you until we are confident that you can undertake these requirements.
A Celibate Environment
One aspect of the semi-monastic conditions we wish to provide on our retreats here is celibacy (brahmacharya). By booking on a Padmaloka retreat, you undertake to support an atmosphere of stillness and contentment for yourself and other retreatants by abstaining from all forms of sexual activity while you are here.
A Complete Break From Mobile Phones, Tablets, and All Other Electronic Devices
Mobiles, smart-phones, electronic notebooks, tablets, netbooks, laptops, smart watches, MP3 players etc. are not helpful or necessary while on retreat here. We have found such electronic devices to be a cause of distraction for oneself and others.
For this reason, it is a requirement of our retreats that you switch off completely (not just flight mode) ALL electronic gadgets whatsoever for the entire duration of the retreat whether you are on or off the premises. If you can, consider leaving them at home.
We have an emergency telephone number: 01508 538112 which will be checked daily. Please give your family this number in case of emergency. If you need to be contacted immediately with regards to an emergency which cannot wait until the following morning, the community phone number is: 01508 538076.
If you usually use your mobile phone as your watch or alarm clock, then please buy a timepiece or alarm clock for the retreat. Also, please bring paper copies of any study materials you might need.
If you have any questions about this, or you are unable to be out of contact (e.g. due to the ill health of a loved one), or you need to use an electronic device due to a disability, please contact the Guest Master in advance of the retreat: firstname.lastname@example.org 01508 538112.
A Meat-Free, Smoke-Free, Drug and Alcohol-Free Retreat Centre
While on retreat at Padmaloka, please do not consume recreational drugs or alcohol, or eat meat or fish, either on or off the premises. If you do need to smoke please do so off the premises and away from the property and neighbouring houses. All of the food served is vegan and we do not buy cow's milk, with soy and oat milk available for use with cereal, teas or coffee.
Deposit & Payment
The deposit of £30 for weekend retreats and £50 for longer retreats is non-refundable and non-transferable. We do however allow you 7 working days after you make your deposit to change your mind within which time we will allow a full refund of any monies paid towards a retreat. For the balance of fees, we ask for this to be paid two weeks in advance of the retreat.
We will confirm your booking upon receipt of payment. Please check the details of confirmation immediately - we cannot accept any liability for incorrect booking details unless you notify us in writing within 7 days. No booking is final until payment is received in full. We reserve the right not to accept a booking in which case any payment will be refunded.
The balance for a retreat is due 2 weeks before the starting date. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your booking, as others may be waiting for a place on that retreat.
In the event of a cancellation, deposits of £30 (weekend rate) and £50 (longer retreats) are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Accommodation is in small dormitories. If you have specific accommodation requirements we will need as much notice as possible to be able to meet them, although we will do our absolute best, we cannot always guarantee that we will be able to meet specific accommodation requests.
We do not store card details and we will only share your details with other Triratna institutions to the extent necessary in order to carry out the activities of Padmaloka Retreat Centre and the Ordination Team.
Your welfare and safety
You must be 18 or over to attend our retreats.
If you haven't been on a meditation retreat with us before, please call the Guest Master on 01508 538 112 before booking, to check that the retreat is suitable for you and will enable you to get the most from your stay.
Are you well enough to come on retreat?
For your own welfare and safety please let us know if you have any special needs, disabilities or serious health problems such as diabetes or epilepsy.
If you have a clinical mental health condition (particularly if you are on medication), please call the guest master on 01508 538 112 before booking to check that the retreat is suitable for you and will enable you to get the most from your stay.
We can provide simple alternative meals at lunch and dinner for those with a restricted medical diet. We offer rice cakes, oat cakes and ryvita as an alternative to bread. We do not offer any alternative restricted diet meals at breakfast. If you bring food with you, you may store it in the dining area, but please do not bring meat or fish of any kind.
All our food is vegan.
Whilst we seek to support the needs of all those who wish to attend a retreat at Padmaloka, we may contact you at our discretion to say it won't be possible for you to attend a particular retreat.
If you have any questions, please contact the guest master by email email@example.com or call 01508 538 112