We invite you to join the Alfoxton community and help us grow by getting involved in one of our themed working retreats. Starting on a Sunday evening with dinner and meditation, you become part of the community. The work retreats each have a focus and usually consist of 6h of work per day, though if the dates work for you but not the task we can always find different work depending on your talents and interests. There is a wide range of work tasks from gardening to building, cooking or cleaning, administration or tech.
Each day starts with meditation, breakfast and a community gathering, that includes checking in, community notices, work assignment and Buddhist thought for the day. In the evenings we have a rich mix of different activities, it can be meditation, Dharma talks, walks on the land, trips to the nearby beach and onto Quantock hills, film nights, dance and music nights, pujas and rituals, and more.
GARDENING RETREAT | 4th - 10th June
An opportunity to participate in creating the gardens at Alfoxton! We have a beautiful walled garden and other areas requiring care, hard work and creativity. Daily meditation, occasional discussion groups, and rituals will be part of the experience.
ALFOXTON RENOVATION & DANCING | 13th - 18th June
Swimming Pool Restoration
In the past there was a swimming pool at Alfoxton, it has been neglected for as long as the building, the plan is to empty, repair clean and decorate it, as well as working on the landscape around it.
House and Garden Renovation
Though the focus of this retreat will be the swimming pool, there'll be other parts of the house needing some love and work in order to restore it to its glorious form.
Welcome to Movement
Led by Julia Samel, our dance activities include four evenings of 1h dance classes followed by dancing sessions. There will be an intro to getting into our bodies and movement, intro to Brazilian Partner Dance, moving in connection with others and ourselves and a dance party with freestyle dancing fun!
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Travel, Accommodation, Food
The nearest railway stations are Bridgewater and Taunton, around 1h45 mins from London. We can provide transport from these stations to the site.
Our postcode is TA5 1SG but doesn't work exactly in the satnav. Use grid reference 51.165187, -3.220080 .
This is a camping retreat. Bring a tent or live-in vehicle. Toilets, showers and a sauna are available.
Delicious vegan meals will be provided throughout the retreat.