Broadhembury

There are no more events being held on our Buddhafield’s land this year
New retreat programme available soon

a line of freshly planted trees with workers in the distance.

Creating a Forest Garden Retreat | Image © Kirsty Porter 2011

Thanks to your generosity and the work of the Buddhafield collective over the last 5 years we’ve nearly raised enough to buy outright our 25 acres near Broadhembury in Devon — we’re having a final push to raise the last £21,000! Please see our Land Appeal page for more information about donating — or find the Land Appeal stall at the Buddhafield Festival.

Recorded at the Triratna International Retreat, Taraloka, June 2011

On this land (very varied and including wetland and deciduous bluebell woods) we are beginning to turn our vision into reality. At Broadhembury we are now integrating the magic of our retreats with the challenge of practicing sustainable land use in a real and long term way.

In 2004 we employed the permaculturalist Phil Corbett to carry out a survey on our land. Following this consultation Dharmamrta developed a permaculture design for the land, which includes planting trees for firewood and for fruit; creating terraces to provide flat land for camping, and planting hedges for shelter and privacy.

Work on the design got underway during the winter of 2004, and continues. Work on the land will be an integral part of at least one Buddhafield Retreat each season. Out of a desire for the well being not only of humankind but also animals, birds and the earth itself, Buddhafield is taking a leading role in developing an eco-Buddhist culture in this country.

You can see some photographs of the February 2011 Tree Planting Retreat and the First Light in the Garden Event 2012 — supported by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund — both on Flickr.

More photos of our land

End of Season Retreat, October 2011