About Retreat

If you stay at Santipada as a retreat, you can have a supportive atmosphere for your spiritual growth according to your need. Through discussing with Monastic teacher, you can arrange your time most beneficial and suitable way harmonized with Monastic time table as below. Minimum stay for retreat is three nights.

  • Daily Routine
  • 5:00 - 5:30 am - Morning Chanting
  • 5:30 - 6:30 am - Morning Group Meditation
  • 6:30 - 7:00 am - Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:30 am - sitting, walking (Dhamma Hall)
  • 11:30 - 12:00 - Lunch
  • After lunch, no food is allowed. Beverages are okay at any time.
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Dhamma Discussion (Dhamma Hall)
  • Under the teacher's guidance, accordingly
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Evening Group Meditation
  • 8:00 - 10:00 pm - Individual Meditation
  • 10:00 pm - Lights out

Some points to keep in mind

  • Awareness: Whatever you are doing, try to bring awareness to each action. Whether you are gardening, walking, showering, cooking or drinking tea, these are all opportunities for meditation practice.
  • Keep to the schedule: Please stay aware of time and be punctual to group meditation practice and meetings. Observing this schedule is part of meditation practice.
  • Meditation schedule: Retreat participants should meditate for at least three hours each day in the meditation hall.
  • Silence:
    Please maintain silence, except for necessary communications or talking to the teacher.
  • Please limit the use of telephone, email, reading, and music, Monastery does not afford Wifi
  • Conserve Resources: Please be mindful of using lights, gas, water, and other resources while at the temple.
  • Food: All food is to be kept and consumed in the kitchen and dining area. The Monastery does not allow any alcohol, drugs or cigarettes on the property. We do not allow the consumption of meat, however, milk, cheese, and eggs are allowed. Unless you have a medical need, food is not to be consumed at the temple afternoon. Beverages are okay at any time.
  • Accommodation: During your stay please keep your room neat and tidy at all times. When you finish your stay, please clean up your room and put any dirty linen from the monastery in the laundry basket.
  • Retreat cost: Donation $100 NZ per night will be gratefully accepted to cover food and accommodation for the retreat. The monastery is a non-profit organization and relies on the kindness and generosity of others to sustain it. If you want to do any kind of support or donation, please contact us or go to the support and donation page on our website.
  • If you cannot keep these rules for any reason please speak to someone in the office.

To apply for a retreat or volunteer click here.