Engaging in Nature at Sudarshanaloka

(previously known as Working in Nature)


These 'engaging with nature' weekends (previously known as working in nature weekends) have become a regular part of our annual program. Akasasri, Kamaladevi and Ratnavyuha have been leading them for many years now and we also have a great bunch of regular participants who enjoy them with us. Everyone welcome but booking is required since accommodation is limited.

They offer an opportunity to engage with the maintenance of the land at Sudarshanaloka in a playful, meaningful, and effective way. In addition, they offer an enjoyable way to spend time with other like-minded people who enjoy contributing back to the land.

We ask for a retreat fee of $50 to cover food and utilities. Accommodation is free (since we'll have you working on the land each day) although any donation you can afford to help keep our retreat centre running is always appreciated.

There is a voluntary 7am meditation each morning and a movie on Saturday night, for those who are interested.

If you have loppers, hedge clippers, shovels, gardening implements or any tools you think could be useful, please bring them along.

Come and spend the weekend in nature working with like-minded people.


Start: 22 May 2020 at 7:00pm
Finish: 24 May 2020 at 1:00pm


$50 for food for two nights. Accommodation is free in return for your contributions to working on the land together. Still, any donation to help keep our retreat centre running are much appreciated.


Image of Sudarshanaloka

Tararu Valley, Thames

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Portrait of Akasasri

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Portrait of Kamaladevi

Kamaladevi first came across meditation at the Wellington Buddhist Centre in 1988 whilst working for a year in the public library. This began a…

Portrait of Ratnavyuha

Ratnavyuha has been actively involved with the Triratna Buddhist community since 1992. An interest in T'ai Ch'i classes turned into an interest in…

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