Supporting the Retreat Centre

Dāna or Generosity

There is no charge for attending monastic-led retreats at Amaravati. The teachings are given freely, as are the accommodation, food and all the other facilities available during your retreat. 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. At the beginning and end of each retreat there is the opportunity to offer dāna if you wish to do so. This may be financial, or take the form of volunteering your time or special skills, or offering supplies and equipment needed to help with the running of the Retreat Centre. Whatever you feel inspired to give is gratefully received.


To give you an appreciation of how much it costs overall to run the Retreat Centre: it is about £60 to support one person for a weekend retreat, £100 per person for a 5-day retreat, £200 per person for a 10-day retreat and £260 per person for a 13-day retreat.

Please do not feel under any pressure to give a donation which meets these costs. Conversely, if you are able to give more, this will help fund those who cannot afford to give so much. No one should feel unable to attend a retreat because they cannot afford to make a donation. Whatever you can offer is helpful and of value.

“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

Retreat Centre Dāna List

Below is a list of items we currently need to help us with the running of the Retreat Centre.

  • Office:
    • Lined Notebooks, A4 lined writing pads
    • Photocopy paper, white, A4, 75 gram
    • Small white and brown envelopes
    • A5 Laminating pouches
  • Kitchen:
    • Paper towels
    • Flowers for sangha room (on retreats)
  • Household:
    • Boxes of Tissues
    • Small torches
    • Mops – squeezing type
    • Indoor brooms
    • Plastic buckets, Washing up bowls
    • Garden plants- heathers., small shrubs, alpines
    • Flower bulbs- narcissus, crocus, tulips

Please note that if you are posting items to the monastery it would be helpful if you could put Retreat Centre on the address label. If you have any queries you can contact the Retreat Centre office by filling in the form below.


Regular Help

If you are interested in offering regular support to the Retreat Centre, we always need people to help with gardening and cleaning, in the office, in the kitchen, and with household maintenance. Whether you can offer a few hours a week or a few hours each month, your time will be greatly appreciated.

Please fill in the form below if you would like further information.

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