Retreat Centre

Welcome to the Amaravati Retreat Centre website.

Amaravati Retreat Centre has been holding retreats since the monastery was first established in 1984. The retreats are led by monks and nuns trained in the Ajahn Chah tradition originating from the north-east of Thailand, which is part of the Theravada tradition of South Asia.

Although each retreat is slightly different, broadly speaking they focus on the Buddha’s teachings in the Theravada tradition, and include periods of guided and silent meditation, walking meditation, reflections on aspects of the Buddha’s teachings, and an opportunity for questions and answers with the teacher.

Retreat Centre – meditation room

Recent Changes: Online Retreats

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, we have been unable to hold retreats on-site during 2020, and it is now unlikely that there will be any on-site retreats for the next few years due to major building projects at the Monastery.

Therefore during 2021, the Retreat Centre will be offering a programme of online retreats led by monks and nuns from the Thai Forest Tradition. These online retreats will try to preserve a similar format and ethos to the on-site retreats we have held in the past.

If you would like to find out more about our online retreats please go to Online Retreats. For dates of retreats in 2021 or to book an online retreat please go to Retreat Calendar.

We thank you for your patience while this ‘Transition Phase’ is taking place at the monastery and look forward to welcoming you back to Amaravati Retreat Centre again sometime in the future.

Retreat Centre building (brown colour) with its kitchen on the right and field for walking meditation at the back

‘Just as a deep lake is clear and still,
even so, on hearing the teachings and realising them,
the wise become exceedingly peaceful.’

Dhammapada, verse 82