the hermitage retreat

solitude - tranquility - joy

The Hermitage Buddhist Retreat is envisioned as a place to connect with the inner tranquillity and joy that is the true nature of all beings. As a place of solitude and meditation, The Hermitage Retreat will be a refuge for those seeking to awaken their deepest inner qualities. Non-sectarian and welcoming to all irrespective of religious affiliation, The Hermitage will provide an annual public program of Buddhist teachings as well as retreats focussed on wisdom and compassion for the modern world. A significant focus of The Hermitage Retreat will be The Path of Joy, a precious and rare spiritual method that awakens profound wisdom and boundless compassion. In the future The Hermitage will provide retreat huts for those wishing to undertake solitary meditation practice. The Hermitage Buddhist Retreat will also be home to a memorial garden, the Sukhavati Memorial Forest, and a dedicated nature refuge where birds and other wildlife will be protected and allowed to thrive. Sukhavati, which translates as place of joy and bliss, is the name of Buddha Amitabha's pure land. The Sukhavati Memorial Forest will be a garden of remembrance where people of any faith can sponsor the planting of a native tree and memorial plaque in memoriam of a lost loved one. As well as a place of remembrance and tranquillity, the Sukhavati Memorial Forest will be a carbon farm that contributes to a safer environmental future. Together, the garden of remembrance and the retreat centre will make for a place of deep healing, peace and awakening.

The location for The Hermitage Retreat will be the stunning Dorrigo Plateau, in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales. The highest point on the plateau is an elevation of 1,437 metres. The township of Dorrigo sits at 731 metres. This gives the region a cool, temperate climate. The plateau is the home to the world heritage listed Dorrigo National Park. Dorrigo plateau sits above the hinterland of the Mid North Coast, approximately an hour from Coffs Harbour and its beautiful beaches. Coffs Harbour has a domestic airport and train station, both connecting the region to Sydney and Brisbane.

The Hermitage Buddhist Retreat will be created and governed by the Hermitage Foundation, a compassionate not-for profit organisation established to advance Buddhism in Australia.

Image: Dorrigo Plateau

The Hermitage Foundation are now fundraising to make our vision of The Hermitage Buddhist Retreat and Sukhavati Memorial Forest a reality. The first step is to buy land. All income from Jalü's various teaching programs is now dedicated to this purpose. If you would like to help make The Hermitage Retreat a reality by donating funds, lending your expertise or giving your time please get in touch by clicking the button below.

View the gallery below for more images of the Dorrigo Plateau (note: the images go the right way up when you click on them)

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