Photo of Abhaya

Built with a donation from Windhorse Trading Ltd in late 2000 and extensively upgraded in 2021 by the generous donations of sponsors. It is frequently used for longer solitary retreats due to it's combination of amenities and remoteness.
The name Abhaya relates to the quality of Fearlessness and the Dhyani Buddha Amoghasiddhi. The cabin is held by the evergreen NZ native bush on three sides, providing a serene backdrop for your retreat, but opens out with spacious views across the Tararu valley from the back door.
Please note : we recommend you pack only the essentials, and plan your meals ahead of time, taking only what you need. Part of our service is that we shop for you once a week so you dont need to take more than a weeks supply, even if you are on a long solitary. We will assist you into the cabin by taking your gear on a trail bike but please travel as lightly as possible.

What does it offer…

  • access to the river via bush trail (steep terrain)
  • comfort all the year round with good log burner, gas shower and reliable solar power
  • Good for longer retreats
  • lovely outlook from the north-facing covered back deck
  • an outdoor bath under the stars


  • 10 minute walk from the Dharma Road (main access road), through glades and thick bush
  • North-facing, looks outward to the opposite side of the valley and down to the sea
  • near to the Stupa, 10 to 15 minute walk via bush trails or Dharma Road

General Amenities…

  • powered using solar energy (enough for charging small devices as well as small fridge and lights)
  • kitchen is equipped with a two-ring gas cooker, grill and oven and a single draw fridge
  • sink with hot and cold running water ( heated by solar power in summer)
  • water suppy has in-line particulate filter (If you are sensitive we recommend boiling drinking water)
  • shower heated by fire and solar power
  • solid wood fuel burner with wetback for heating the water and cooking in winter
  • composting toilet
  • small desk, table, easy-chair and bed. Also basic shrine and meditation gear
  • Outdoor bath hooked up to hotwater (heated by the fireplace)




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