We will be offering a daily schedule of practice and teachings, and we encourage everyone to engage wholeheartedly with this framework during the camp. The morning practice sessions will be supported by an atmosphere of silence until Camp Gathering, and there is a programme for children offered during the morning and afternoon teaching and practice sessions. This schedule changes year by year as we respond to the current conditions and the changing needs and circumstances of our community.
A typical day may look like this:
- Sitting meditation
- Morning teachings and practices such as Meditation, Qigong, Movement…
- Camp Gathering
- Open time
- Afternoon teachings and practices such as Meditation, Relational Practices, Sharing Group practice, and other community practices
- Dharma teachings and Community activities
- Open time around campfire, songs, stories, star gazing…..
General Camp Guidelines
We are a small, intimate camp with total participants limited to 110 adults and 40 children. We request that no drugs, alcohol or dogs are brought to the camp.
In order to create the possibility of deepening into common-unity, and to support the running of the camp, we ask that all participants commit to arriving on the first day and staying for the whole duration of the camp, i.e. until midday on the last day.
The Beautiful Venue
This secluded site exudes both the peace and wildness of the moors. It is surrounded by hills, trees and bordered by the bubbling ‘Holy Brook’. We are within easy walking distance of the River Dart, with its swimming places and wooded walks, as well as the open moor and its magical wildness. We bathe in the stream and use especially made ‘earth latrine’ loo’s. We have a large Yurt for practicing in and several geodomes for smaller meetings.
In the tradition of the Buddha, the dharma teachings are considered precious and beyond price.
The camp teachers Yanai, Kirsten, Brad and Catherine, share their experience and understanding without being paid from the camp fees for offering the teaching. They rely upon the generosity and financial support of those who value the teachings to live in this way. “Dana” means generosity and sharing what we have, to support that which we value. Participants on the camp will be invited to offer dana to the teachers in this spirit.
We cook communally using mainly local organic vegetables and vegetarian wholefoods. The cost of the food is included in the price of the camp and we try and cater for special diets as much as possible.
The children have their own dome and games and activities are offered for children aged three and above for the morning and afternoon sessions.