What to Expect
Land of Joy is a truly wonderful place to spend time learning, practicing and contemplating. All those who worked incredibly hard to establish and develop the centre have created somewhere extremely special which is continuing to thrive and grow.
The onsite team are fully dedicated to ensuring those who visit have a beneficial and meaningful stay, while those who visit each leave their own imprint on the place, contributing to the incredibly peaceful and powerful atmosphere that exists here.
We are reasonably remote, with open vistas across the rolling hills of the Northumberland National Park. Our land stretches through beautiful and varied woodland where two lakes, a more ‘formal’ garden and a river can be discovered during relaxing walks that can be taken between retreat sessions helping to open the mind.
With limited internal space, our accommodation is currently limited to comfortable dormitory rooms, with plans to renovate some outhouses to create single and twin rooms in the near future. Please see our accommodation page for more information.
Our kitchen team provide three delicious vegetarian meals a day which never fail to receive wonderful comments from appreciative visitors. We are pleased to be able to cater for those who have allergies or other preferences such an being Vegan so please let us know when you fill in your retreat booking form if this applies to you.
We have a beautiful and peaceful gompa (meditation room) which holds a maximum of 25 people and is currently our only practice space with all retreats taking place there.
If you apply to attend a retreat here we will do our best to provide all the information you require for your stay with us but please be aware the retreat schedules are sometimes prepared quite close to the time, while decisions about periods of silence to be kept during the retreats are made by the retreat leader and are sometimes very last minute.
As we often only have a few days to clean everything between retreats we ask people to please arrive on the day your retreat starts if attending shorter retreats of up to two week unless you will be travelling all day to reach us, in which case arriving a day early is no problem. If you plan to do so please let us know so we make sure we prepare meals for you. If you are attending a longer retreat (more than two weeks) and feel you would like to settle in before it begins you are welcome to arrive one or two days before the retreat starts, but again, please let us know you will be doing so.
What to Bring
We recommend bringing warm clothes for most of the year as the weather can be very unpredictable at times! If you’re keen to go for walks, are coming before June or if there has been a wet spell before your arrival we highly recommend bringing outdoor shoes/wellies and waterproof coats if you wish to go outside in the grounds and beyond. Indoor shoes/slippers can also be useful for inside the house.
Land of Joy provides bedding, towels and a meditation cushion or chair for the meditation room. If you are attending a retreat which lasts longer than two weeks you will also have access to our washing machine and dryer to do your laundry and wash bedding and towels.
A torch is also useful for use outdoors after dark.
Everything happening at Land of Joy is made possible through various forms of generosity. We believe in giving without any expectation of receiving anything in return and therefore do not charge for teachings, accommodation or food.
We invite those attending to donate whatever they would like to give or whatever their circumstances allow. All donations help us cover our annual running costs of £50,000 enabling the centre to remain open for others to enjoy in the future.
This can be done in the following ways:
In cash while at Land of Joy (We will NOT be charged a fee)
By card while at Land of Joy (We WILL be charged a fee)
By online bank transfer either before or after visiting Land of Joy (we will NOT be charged a fee)
Please remember you can add a massive 25% to your donation if you are eligible for Gift Aid (a UK tax payer). It’s as simple as completing a form while you are with us and we make the claim on your behalf.
Teachers, retreat leaders and volunteers practice generosity by freely offering their time to Land of Joy, meaning we do not pay them for the time they offer Land of Joy . We therefore also invite those attending retreats and courses to make an offering directly to them while at Land of Joy. This must be offered in cash while at Land of Joy.
To learn more about the generosity model please click here
We hope you’re soon able to come and discover Land of Joy for yourself!
General Guidelines for your stay
We need your support in order to create and maintain a supportive environment that is harmonious and pleasant for all retreatants.
We ask that all retreatants abide by the 5 precepts
Respect others’ property
Be honest and straightforward
Do not engage in sexual activity while at Land of Joy
Be alert and mindful (no intoxicants)
Be mindful of your behaviour and speech towards others
Attend all sessions and complete the retreat
Keep silence as requested – this is usually decided just before the retreat starts.
Thank you for your cooperation. Please note that the centre reserves the right to ask participants to leave should their behaviour become too disruptive to the course.
We look forward to welcoming you to Land of Joy soon.