Staying as a Guest

In general, the emphasis in the monastery is on developing awareness through living in community, and on following a daily routine which includes silent meditation, social interaction and service. The whole is held within the ethical norms of the Eight Precepts, which help to check the mind’s impulses and also promote harmony and trust. Teachings are given on a regular basis, and there are opportunities to talk with monks and nuns about Dhamma practice. There are also periods of time when the monastery is observing silence, and there are periods of relative solitude. Accordingly guests are expected to have a good degree of self-motivation and self-reliance.

On their first visit, guests can stay for up to three nights, after which they can arrange for a longer stay in the future. Any stay hinges on each individual’s ability to practise in accordance with the themes of monastic life. 

All teachings, accommodation and food at Cittaviveka are offered by the Sangha and its supporters. As befits a sanctuary, there is no charge to stay in the monastery (though donations to cover costs are appreciated). If you wish to stay here, then it’s important to enter fully and sincerely into the daily life and practice of the community. This will make the stay more meaningful for yourself and harmonious for others.

Through January, February and March, the community observes a silent retreat. During this time we don’t take in overnight guests.

All guests are requested to book in advance in writing. Initial stays are limited to three nights, although exceptions are made for people coming from abroad. 

If you would like to stay as a guest at the monastery, please read the basic information and Health and Safety Notes.

MALE GUESTS can now book a visit by completing the Male Guest Booking Form, available by clicking here. Once we have received your form, the Guest Monk will confirm your booking by email. If you have any further questions, please email the Guest Monk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FEMALE GUESTS can book a visit by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you come to Chithurst, please bring along a completed Guest Booking Form available here.


If you need to cancel a booking, please give as much advance notice as possible so that we can make your space available for someone else.