The Forest Hermitage (วัดป่าสันติธรรม) is a branch of Wat Nong Pah Pong (วัดหนองป่าพง), the late Luang Por Chah’s principal monastery in North East Thailand. Set in the Heart of England it is a small, peaceful Buddhist hermitage and comprises Santidhamma, the original property where the monks live and where occasional events open to the public are held, and Bhavana Dhamma, which is for nuns, female devotees and guests.  The Forest Hermitage Trust and the Buddha-Dhamma Fellowship are responsible for both properties. The community is led by Ven. Chao Khun Bhavanaviteht (Luang Por Khemadhammo) OBE, whose blog, News & Musings, can be found here.

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Meditation as usual on Monday and Friday evenings at 8pm.

Please use a mask inside the building.

You can still attend the online session using Zoom following the instruction on the page Meditations

Please check this website page for new information.


Monday and Friday meditations are happening at the Hermitage at 8pm. There is simultaneous online meetings using zoom:


Opportunities exist to live in and train with us at The Forest Hermitage.

Contact us if you’re interested or apply to stay overnight at the Forest Hermitage.


We have a small community to feed every day, two properties to look after, retreats to manage and events to organise.

If you think you can help, please get in touch. We offer a beautiful place and a great opportunity for some worthwhile practice.

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