Working retreats and Events

Three pairs of hands wearing rubber gloves, scrubbing plastic plumbing joints in a water-filled crate.

Plumbing joints being cleaned and sterilised. | Image © Satyadarshin 2013

Buddhafield Festival Site Work Day
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SuitabilityThe hardy and inspired
VenueBuddhafield Festival site, TA3 7DT
Led byRoss Porter
Description

More fun to be had preparing our Buddhafield Festival Site for the coming season! Lunch is provided, bring your wellies and work clothes, and we'll be going ahead whatever the weather.

Donation Guidelines

You will be fed and watered on this event, but donations are allways welcome. For further information about booking please contact us.

Broadhembury Work Week
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SuitabilityThe hardy and inspired
VenueBroadhembury, Devon
Led bySatyajit and Ruth
Description

Come and spend some time on a piece of land that Buddhafield owns, called Broadhembury. It's beautiful woodland, an area of extreme natural beauty, and our Total Immersion retreat will be there this year. We need to do some work on the land to make it possible for this retreat to go ahead. Already a car park for 20 cars is being created, and just this last weekend Buddhafield crew were doing upkeep work on the track so that cars can easily get up there. We are holding a week of work on this piece of beautiful land, starting on the evening of Sun 19th Feb, and ending on the morning of Sat 25th Feb, and we invite you to come and give whatever of your time you can to working in community on the land, drinking tea round a fire, and wandering in wet woodland. You can come for the whole week, or just a few days, or just make a day trip. All are welcome. Each day will start with meditation, a communal breakfast and check in, and the evenings will hold dharma input and a chance to relax round a bright fire and look at the stars. The plan for the week is to do some much needed upkeep on our hearth area, where there are terraces that need maintaining, some tree bog toilets that need rebuilding, and ditches that need clearing out. There are heavier tasks and lighter tasks, just get in touch if you have any questions about the work and how suitable it might be for you. On Wednesday morning, the 22nd, we will be visited by Sagaravajra who runs the East Devon Forest Garden just over the hill from Broadhembury, he will have lunch with us and then lead us back over the fields to the forest garden where we will have chance to look around this amazing place, and just hang out together. You'll need study work boots, wellies are probably best as it can get pretty muddy, waterproofs, if you're staying over a tent and sleeping stuff. We will provide food and lots of tea and biscuits, a warm place to hang (and dry) out, a shrine space, dharma input and lots of smiles!

Donation Guidelines

You will be fed and watered on this event, but donations are allways welcome. For further information about booking please contact us.

Broadhembury Work Weekend
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SuitabilityThe hardy and inspired
VenueBroadhembury, Devon
Led bySatyajit and Ruth
Description

A work weekend at Broadhembury 18/19th march, NOT staying over just doing days. 10-5, bring your own lunch, we will provide tea and biscuits. Wear work clothes etc, note the site is physically demanding. There is a car park and track is good so all cars welcome.

Donation Guidelines

Donations are allways welcome. For further information about booking please contact us.

The Buddhafield Kit Retreat
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SuitabilityThe hardy and inspired
VenueFrog Mill near Chagford, Devon
Led bySatyajit and Team
Description

We are holding a week of work at Frog Mill, our land located within the beautiful Dartmoor National Park, running from the 31st March until the 7th April.

In the Udana the Buddha tells Dhaniya “It rains right through the thatch, it rains not through the open. So open up the thatch: thus it will not rain through.” If it is open the rain cannot come in. What does that mean? This may be the earliest example of a koan.

In the Udana Seminar (1975) Bhante Sangharakshita explains:
“The Buddha doesn't erect any defences. He's not trying to keep out what, in the long run, at least, can not be kept out. Of course you can keep out the rain - Dhaniya is quite correct in saying that his roof can keep out the rain - but that reflects a whole attitude on Dhaniya's part of keeping things out. You can keep out the rain, but you can't keep old-old age, disease and death. But it is as though because Dhaniya can keep out the rain, he tends to think he can keep everything out. So his sort of self-satisfaction in keeping out the rain with his nicely thatched roof just reflects his self-satisfaction in keeping everything out of his life, so he thinks, that could disturb it. But the Buddha says 'You can't do that'! You can't keep these other things out of your life, so it is best to be open. The Buddha didn't have a mental attitude of keeping things out.”

Such courageous acceptance lies at the heart of all existential liberation. This level of acceptance conflicts with our deeply ingrained habit of evasion – “it should be like this”. However what arises belongs and it it is our task to turn towards experience, never away from it. As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break through an unreflecting mind. So what has this to do with the Buddhafield Kit Retreat!? I’m glad you asked…..

Our kit needs constant work so that the rain actually doesn't come in. But metaphorically speaking this kit is what enables many many people during the season to practice the Dharma and open their hearts to how things really are; to allow an awakening of the heart within a supportive community, a gift that can then be brought to our often troubled world.

Throughout the winter we have been working on our kit and now we are asking the broader community for help. We are holding a week of work at Frog Mill, our land located within the beautiful Dartmoor National Park, running from the 31st March until the 7th April. We invite you to come and give whatever of your time you can to working in community on the land, drinking tea round a fire, meditating and opening up the thatch. You can come for the whole week, or just a few days, or just make a day trip. All are welcome.

The plan for the week is to work on canvas, electrics, plumbing, vehicles and more. There are heavier tasks and lighter tasks, just get in touch if you have any questions about the work and how suitable it might be for you.

If you're staying over please bring camping gear. We will provide food, tea and warmth, a shrine space and dharma input. The Buddhafield season can't go ahead without your help. Please don't underestimate what you give to us by volunteering.

Through working together in Sangha, with the right intention and the right vision we can open up to the wonders of existence.

Donation Guidelines

You will be fed and watered on this event, but donations are allways welcome. For further information about booking please contact us.