Oct 2- 5, 2015 Long weekend retreat



Long Weekend Retreat: Garden of Enlightenment (click here for more  photo)

2nd -5th  October 2015

Enjoy the practise of sitting & walking meditation in the monastery gardens and experience how the calming power of nature enabled the Buddha to attain Enlightenment 2600 years ago.


Hi Kim,


Thank you and the monks for my stay at the monastery, it was a wonderful experience.

Many thanks,

Kind Regards,




Der Kim,


Thank you to Phra Mana Viriyarampo for creating access to such valuable and life changing retreats. And to you and the volunteers for your passion and great contribution.

When will the 2016 dates be available?

Is there consideration of school children retreats?

Warm regards,


Dear Kim


Thanks for another wonderful retreat. I would be most grateful if you could convey my deepest appreciation to Phra Mana and all involved. I got so much out of it, having the longer retreat was brilliant. Everyone I’ve seen today commented on how calm and peaceful (and younger! lol) I appeared. I was up before 6 and meditating this morning and feel great. Hoping to keep up the practice.


Thanks especially to you for organising me to have the precious hut on my own. I feel truly blessed. I’ve attached a couple of shots I took of the women’s area. In a separate email I’ll send through a panoramic shot from the verandah of the hut.

Warmest regards



Dear Kim,


Once again, I would like to extend my heart felt gratitude and appreciation for such a wonderful retreat.


I found that the schedule of the retreat really benefited me and the teachings reinforced my existing knowledge / practice and introduced some new understandings.


I hope to hear Phra Mana share the Dhamma in the future, possibly in my area as I am an Assoc Member of Unibuds at UNSW!


Thanks again, and I'm looking forward to visiting the Monastery soon.


In appreciation & gratitude,





Just letting you know I've made a little donation this morning. I want to thank you and everybody at the monastery for this amazing few days. I have been meditating for a little while now but really felt connected with the gardens (thank you for the love and hard work you put into them), the philosophy and just the love and care from you all.

I know I do not need to put words to how thankful I feel and you all understand.

I want to take my partner and will see you early next year.

All my most beautiful thoughts for you all.




Hi Kim,

Thank you all so very much for a  beautiful retreat.  It was an truly amazing experience and such a beautiful monastery .

Your Gardens were beautiful and peaceful.

A very heart felt thank you also to all The volunteers, they were inspiring and fantastic chef’s (the food was scrumptious, considering i am a country girl who lives off the Land and a cattle producer, I haven’t  eaten any meat since the retreat- much to my husband’s disgust  ).

Monk Phra Mana Dhamma teachings and sense of humor  put a smile on my Face and I find myself relaying a tale  each day to my family and friends.

Once again Thank you all for an truly remarkable Retreat