A retreat centre for men
At Padmaloka we aspire to provide something we consider rare and precious: a semi-monastic environment in which men can take time to explore the Dharma life together.
Thus, our community has agreed that retreats will be men-only. We ask our women visitors not to stay overnight or visit bedrooms.
(For women, Triratna offers public retreats at Taraloka and ordination training retreats at Tiratnaloka. We also have plenty of mixed retreats at retreat centres such as Rivendell and Dhanakosa and Buddhafield offers very popular family retreats).
Maintaining the Spirit of Retreat
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 us (and your fellow retreatants) by abstaining from all forms of sexual activity while you are here.
We are a meat-free, smoke-free, drug and alcohol-free retreat centre
While at Padmaloka, please do not consume recreational drugs or alcohol, smoke or eat meat or fish. If you do, we reserve the right to ask you to leave, without refund of any payment made.
Mobile phones, tablets, electronic devices
Mobiles, smart-phones, electronic notebooks, tablets, netbooks, laptops, smart watches, MP3 players etc. are not helpful or necessary while on retreat. We have found such electronic devices to be a cause of distraction for oneself and others.
For this reason please do not bring ANY electronic device whatsoever on retreat. If you are unable to do this, then our retreats may not be suitable for you.
We have an emergency telephone number: 01508 538112 which will be checked daily. Please give your family this number in case of emergency. In the event that 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, please contact the Guest Master in advance of the retreat. firstname.lastname@example.org 01508 538112
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
Retreats at Padmaloka are for men aged 18 or over. However, children do visit us from time to time, for example in school groups or as friends, family or neighbours. We take very seriously our responsibilities for the safeguarding of children.
We also take seriously our responsibilities to safeguard ‘vulnerable adults’, or adults who may be temporarily vulnerable while on retreat.