Meynard has transformed into Silavadin!

Our beloved bookings man and cook Meynard Vasen has just been ordained at Guhyaloka in Spain. He has become Silavadin which means ‘Teacher of Sila (ethics)’. We wish him all the best and look forward to welcoming him back in July. Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!FB_IMG_1462525362930

Hot News! 2016 Programme is now available

Dear friends,

The programme of retreats for 2016 is now available. You can now book all your retreats for 2016 on the website.
If you haven’t received a paper copy to view all the forthcoming events, you can download a digital (pdf) version of it from the website.

On the website, please go to the Calendar page and click on the relevant link to download either the 2015 or 2016 programmes.
We very much look forward to seeing you all on retreat again sometime soon.

Best wishes


Hello Padmadasa (goodbye Ian!)


The community at Vajraloka were extremely pleased to hear the great news of Ian’s ordination in Spain recently.


The meaning of Padmadasa means “Servant of the Lotus” and his private preceptor was Prakasha.


Padmadasa has been living at Vajraloka for a number of years and the main backbone of the cooking team as well as a staunch community member.


I’m sure that all those who have experienced his exceptional cooking skills, friendliness and easy companionship on retreat will wish him 3 hearty Sadhus for the future.

We all look forward to having him back with us again very soon. (and especially as some of us are losing weight!)


With all best wishes from the Vajraloka community.



Window Upgrade work

Dear friends, Windows 2

I’m pleased to announce that at the end of July we had all the windows replaced in dorms, A, B, C, E and F for double glazed ones.

They do look very nice and have been matched to retain the look of the older, traditional ones. The new windows mean that the whole site is up to standard and the rooms should now be warmer and draft free. Also the extra insulation should help us to reduce our massive annual heating bill, which even if only a little would be helpful.

The work to replace these windows has been slow to implement due to a severe lack of available funds. However due to the extreme kindness of two of our regular supporters we were able to complete this work and also to start work to upgrade our showers and other areas of the center. I will be posting news on these other developments soon.

In addition to helping us pay for this much needed work our two supporters have also been extremely helpful in advising and supporting us to kick-start a fundraising drive. Vajraloka strives to keep the costs of the retreats held here as low as possible in order to enable as many as possible to join retreats. However, this means that over the years we have very little extra money to pay for much needed development and expansion work.

If you are interested to help Vajraloka to continue to grow and develop and continue to benefit people  then please look at our Supporting Vajraloka page on this site for ways to support us.

In the meantime, with all best wishes



2015 Programme Update!

Dear friends,

After a great deal of frenzied activity, we have manged to plan, organize, design and have published our 2015 Programme and calendar!
And all before the end of July!
This has been a terrific team undertaking.
All that’s left for me to do is to make sure they get sent out to our centers around the world.
You can also download a PDF version of it from the website and also make bookings for all retreats in 2015
We very much look forward to seeing you all on retreat again sometime soon.

Best wishes