Staying at the monastery
For the greater part of the year guests and visitors are welcome to the monastery, except from early January until the end of March, when the monastic community is conducting its winter retreat period. During that time the monastery is closed for overnight guests.
First time visitors are generally asked to participate in one of our meditation weekends. It is mandatory to pre-register in advance for all retreats at the monastery.
After having participated in one of the weekend retreats it is possible to register for a ‘normal stay’ at the monastery.
‘Normal’ means that the daily schedule is not quite as regimented in comparison to retreat periods. Besides the daily communal morning and evening meditations it is also obligatory for guests to particpate in the daily activities of the monastery, i.e. the early morning chores, the daily meetings with the guest monk, the main work period during the mornings including all activities around the monastery kitchen. The afternoons are generally available for personal practice and study. We ask all our guests that during their stay they strictly observe the Eight Precepts and follow the daily schedule.
Please note that overnight guests can only book to arrive at the monastery on Mondays and Fridays. The minimum stay is three days.
During most days there is an evening puja and meditation at 19:30h. Formal teachings on Buddhism, meditation and general Dhamma topics are generally offered on Saturday evenings (please note the earlier start: 19:00h).
Please note that the community reserves the right to refuse non-cooperative individuals or those who have not made a prior reservation.