Accommodation at the Wat is simple, comfortable and generally shared. Guests are housed in dormitories, houses and caravans. Facilities are basic as the Wat is not on mains electricity. As the buildings are well spread out, a certain amount of walking along bush tracks will also be necessary. Guest are asked to come prepared for various weather conditions. A torch is a must if staying overnight.
In keeping with our tradition there is no charge for accommodation or food at the Wat. As a Theravadin monastery, we are fully supported by donations in the form of food, money, and volunteer labour. Guests are encouraged to consider how they might contribute to the needs of maintaining the monastery, while at the same time cultivating wholesome states of mind.
First time visits are limited to two weeks. For those who have previously spent time with the community, it may be possible to arrange longer stays. Local guests may stay for up to one month, interstate and international guests, for up to three months.
Please note the following requirements:
- Applicants should be:
- a Buddhist and familiar with Theravadin Forest Tradition.
- experienced meditators and have completed at least one Buddhist retreat.
- in good physical and mental health. Note: Due to the large acreage size of the property, there is a fair amount of walking on uneven ground.
- New Guests are required to:
- complete an online application form two weeks before arrival date,
- stay a minimum of 5 days, and not longer than 2 weeks.
- arrive by noon.
Before filling in the application form below, please read the following:
Information for New Guests
All guests are asked to abide by the following Precepts and Monastery rules:
- To refrain from killing or harming any living being.
- To refrain from taking that which is not given.
- To refrain from any sexual activity. No physical contact or intimacy with another person.
- To refrain from false or harsh speech.
- To refrain from taking intoxicants which confuse the mind.
- To refrain from eating before sunrise and after noon.
- To refrain from entertainments, beautification and adornment.
- To join in the monastery schedule and work duties.
- To refrain from using computers, telephones, and internet.
- 4:00 – 6:00 am Morning Chanting & Meditation
- 6:15 – 6:45 am Breakfast (Optional)
- 7:00 Work Meeting
- 7:00 – 9:30 am Work Period
- 10:00 – 12:00 pm Lunch and Kitchen Clean Up
- 12:00 – 2:00 pm Rest Time
- 2:00 – 4:00 pm Group Practice
- 6:00 – 6:45 pm Drinks
- 7:00 – 9:00 pm Evening Chanting & Meditation.
**On Full Moon and New Moon Days the evening meditation practice may continue all night. There may be variations in the Daily Schedule from time to time.
Guests should try to be sensitive to what is appropriate for a quiet and meditative environment. All external business and contact should be kept to an absolute minimum. Please keep your room and the surrounding area clean and tidy. Do not walk around in a state of undress. Men should not be bare-chested, or wear shorts in public areas, and women should be well covered. Male and female guests are not allowed to visit each others’ rooms.
The Wat is very vulnerable to fire; smoking is prohibited and we do not allow the burning of candles or incense (exception: Sala). Guests should use their torch, as snakes move around during the night as well as the day in summer. Be careful where you walk and stick to established pathways. Be mindful when using lights as we are on solar power. Please be frugal with your use of water. Make sure you organize your own transport in and out of the Wat.
- Enter and leave as quietly as possible. (Through double doors only.)
- Feel free to adopt a suitable sitting posture without lying down.
- Move mindfully and quietly if you need to change position during meditation.
- It is considered impolite to point your feet towards the Buddha statue or teacher.
- Observe noble silence at all times around the Sala.
- Do not wear ‘noisy’ or skimpy clothing.
- The last person leaving must extinguish the candles at the shrine.
Coming and Going
Please inform the Resident Teacher before leaving the Monastery for any reason. If bushwalking, please write on the blackboard or inform a resident of your walking plans. Towards the end of your stay please inform the Senior Monk of your expected departure time. Before leaving, make sure your room and monastery linen have been thoroughly cleaned and all monastery property is returned to where you found it.
May your stay at WBD Forest Monastery be peaceful and harmonious