Photo of Mandalavara

Mandalavara was completed in 2000 and was funded by Aniketa (a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order) who lived in retreat there for several years. Situated at the beginning of our dedicated solitary retreat area, only a minute's walk from the Dharma Road (the main access road), the cabin name means Gateway to the Mandala.

The cabin is spacious with double sliding glass doors opening onto the wrap around decking. Located at a lower elevation than other cabins, it has a tree-framed view of the Firth of Thames and grassy surrounds. With a detached bedroom and a fold-out futon bed in the main area, it is our only cabin with enough space when a carer is required.

What does it offer…

  • easy access
  • well appointed and comfortable
  • space for two people
  • detached bedroom across a covered walkway
  • walking meditation deck which surrounds the main building
  • built-in shrine feature
  • best cabin for those with limited mobility


  • first solitary cabin along the Dharma Road (main access road), about 10 minute's walk from main house
  • wide access path, minutes walk away from main road
  • Stupa is about 25 minutes walk away

General Amenities…

  • powered using solar energy, supplying 12 volt lighting and 12 volt power points (not suitable for 240V equipment like laptops and normal battery chargers)
  • kitchen is equipped with a two-ring gas cooker with oven and grill,
  • sink with hot and cold running water. Water suppy has in-line particulate filter (If you are sensitive we recommend boiling drinking water as an extra precaution)
  • gas-powered fridge
  • gas-powered shower, and long-drop toilet
  • separate sleeping facility for a caregiver
  • gas heater with external flue for those cool winter evenings
  • table, chairs, bed, futon settee and easy-chairs, buillt-in shrine feature, and basic meditation gear
  • very limited mobile reception (dependent on service provider)