Creating Retreat Huts

Thanks to your amazing generosity we’ve raised an incredible £57,920 and two of the three huts are now completed and being used. We still require another £5,230 to build the third hut so please help us if you can. Thank you!

92% raised
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We Have Exciting News

Our first two huts are now complete with people very much enjoying and benefitting from the facilities they provide. As many of you know, we have been wanting to offer these huts for a long time, so it’s amazing to have them in our grounds. They have been very popular, with lots of bookings being made far in advance. The third hut is now in place, awaiting the installation of the electrics, plumbing and furnishings. Thanks to you all we have raised 92% of the total cost. Please help us get to 100%!

What are they like?

The huts are built on a wooden platform within a lightly wooded area quite close to the main house. Supplied in kit form, from slow-grown timber, they are well insulated with electric wall heaters

There is:

  • A spacious room for sleeping and practicing

  • An shower and toilet room

  • Basic facilities for tea-making, cooking, washing up etc

  • A veranda overlooking the surrounding countryside

Floor Insulation & New Carpet 

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What’s the cost?

Each hut (including it’s platform) fully installed with all necessary services and furnished will cost £23,000.

Why is it so important?

As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says,

‘So retreat is the foundation of true development. Without retreat, without being alone, the mind is like muddy water. But the mind in retreat, being alone and free from outside distractions, is like a calm, crystal-clear lake. There is the clarity to help see ourselves more clearly and to see our Buddha nature more easily.’

Conducive spaces to do individual retreat, particularly longer-term ones, are a rarity in today’s world. Building these huts will enable us to provide a precious space for those who wish to dedicate time to turning inwards for the benefit of others.

Not only that, if a hut is not being used for individual retreat at any time it will be utilised as overflow accommodation for those attending group retreats in the main house, reducing the numbers of people needing to use the dormitories. However, priority will always be given to those doing individual retreat.

How can you help?

Offering a contribution of any size will be an incredibly powerful gift to those who use one of our huts while also creating immense merit for yourself, a connection to the benefits of solitary retreat and the cause for you to be able to complete a personal retreat yourself in this or future lives.

You are most welcome to make a donation of any size to help us build and complete our third retreat hut. If you would like to purchase something specific for the hut such as curtains for a window (£17), a kettle (£20) or a meditation mat (£36), please use the specific donation form below and choose what you would like to offer from the list. Alternatively, you can use the general donations form to offer a non-specific donation of any amount.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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By ticking the "Yes" box, I confirm I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Land of Joy will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When we receive a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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As a thank you

As a thank you for donating to this project we would like to offer you a rosewood or sandalwood mala purchased in Boudhanath, Nepal and blessed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche while at Kopan Monastery.

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