Supporting the Retreat Centre

Dāna or Generosity

There is no charge for attending monastic-led retreats at Amaravati. The teachings are given freely. This is in keeping with the Thai Forest monastic tradition as practised here at Amaravati.

We are able to continue offering retreats due to the generosity of past retreatants and all future retreats remain dependent on that generosity. This may be financial, or take the form of volunteering your time or special skills. Whatever you feel inspired to give is gratefully received.

“The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts.
The flavour of Dhamma surpasses all flavours.
The delight of Dhamma transcends all delights.
Freedom from craving is the end of all suffering.”

Dhammapada, verse 354


Special projects

Between January and March when the Retreat Centre is closed, we run special projects, generally major decorating jobs and maintenance work. You do not need special skills to join in, just a willingness to support the Retreat Centre.

Please fill in the form below if you would like to add your name to the ‘Special Projects’ list, or if you are interested in further information. We will then contact you towards the end of the year.

Special skills

If you have any special skills such as plumbing, painting, plastering, cabinet-making, gardening, sewing etc., and you would like to support the Retreat Centre, we often have projects throughout the year where you could offer your help.

Please fill in the form below if you have a special skill you would like to offer.


All donations are grateful received and all are of value to the running of the Retreat Centre.

If your donation is for a specified purpose and the amount donated is more than necessary for that particular purpose, the excess will be used for the general support of the Sangha and to fund improvements to the Retreat Centre facilities. This will also be the case for any funds remaining, once all the Retreat Centre running costs have been covered.

Online – creditcard & PayPal

Online donations and payments by credit card are processed by CAF. Click on the button below to go to the CAF online page.

Bank Transfers

Please complete and submit the form at the bottom of this page to obtain information on making domestic and international bank transfers. We advise you to ask your bank in advance the charges they will make to transfer funds.


Please make cheques payable to: The English Sangha Trust Ltd.

For donations by cheque at any time other than the beginning or end of a retreat, please put your cheque in a sealed envelope that is clearly addressed to the Retreat Centre. This can then be given to a Retreat Centre manager, left at the main monastery office or posted to: Retreat Centre, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Great Gaddesden, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP1 3BZ


Cash donations can be made at the beginning or end of a retreat. Cash donations at any other time should be sealed in an envelope that is clearly addressed to the Retreat Centre and given to a Retreat Centre manager or placed in a donation box at the monastery.

Standing Order

This is a way to spread the cost of your donation over the year and to make a regular donation to the Retreat Centre. A standing order may be more convenient for you and it also helps with the Retreat Centre budgeting.

If you wish to set up a standing order, please print a Standing Order Form by clicking the button below, complete this form ensuring that it is signed and then post to: Retreat Centre, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Great Gaddesden, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP1 3BZ

Gift Aid

If you are a UK tax payer, please consider Gift Aiding your donation. This enables us to claim back from the Government 25p for every pound that you donate, which adds significantly to Retreat Centre income.

At the end of each retreat we explain how you can register your donation for Gift Aid or you can print a form by clicking the button below. Once you have completed and signed this form, please send it to: Retreat Centre, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Great Gaddesden, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP1 3BZ