Bhavana Dhamma

Bhavana Dhamma is a place dedicated to the practice of the teachings of the Buddha under the guidance of Ven. Ajahn Khemadhammo. Located deep in the Warwickshire countryside, a short distance from Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, it provides a tranquil atmosphere for those wishing to develop their Buddhist practice.

Permission to visit or stay is at the discretion of Ven. Ajahn Khemadhammo.

The property comprises a large, comfortable cottage, a beautiful garden and outdoor Shrine Room and is surrounded by fields with Hampton Wood at the bottom of the garden.

The Forest Hermitage (Wat Pah Santidhamma) is a few minutes walk away on the other side of the wood.


News and notices

Weekend retreats

No retreats are being taught for the time being. Please see the retreats page for more information.

Retreat Service help needed

A central part of our Buddhist practise is dana – giving. Giving comes in many forms – from giving material things, to help and support in general, to giving one’s time, to teaching the Dhamma. The Buddha said that the gift of Dhamma is the greatest gift one can give.

Ever since the time of the Buddha the monks and nuns have depended on the generosity of the lay-followers for material support. In return the monks and nuns will teach the Dhamma to them and help to guide them along the Buddha’s Path.

Ever since the time of the Buddha the monks and nuns have depended on the generosity of the lay-followers for material support. In return the monks and nuns will teach the Dhamma to them and help to guide them along the Buddha’s Path.

Here at the Forest Hermitage and Bhavana Dhamma, as in all monasteries of the Theravada,  we continue that tradition. One of the ways we try to support and encourage you is by providing these retreats. We feel very strongly about offering this place for Dhamma practice,  but we do sometimes need help doing it.

If you can help in any of the following areas please contact us:

  • Cooking for a retreat (on one or more days)
  • Helping to prepare Bhavana Dhamma before a retreat
  • Helping to clean up after a retreat
  • General upkeep and maintenance