Open Day

Chithurst Buddhist Monastery invites you to an OPEN DAY

Saturday 29th June 14:00 to 17:00.

An opportunity for the public to view the monastery and understand more about the life of the monks and nuns.



Forest Work Week 2019

A week of conservation and maintenance work to support the woodland of Chithurst Buddhist Monastery from 5th until 12th July 2019.

Work will include general woodland and heathland management, pond restoration and pathway repairs. Some activities can be physical, but most can be carried out by men and women of average fitness. Sturdy boots and work clothes are essential.

Guided wildlife walks, led by local experts will start & finish at the workshop. They will involve a 2-3 hour slow walk over some rough paths and steep slopes.

Residential accommodation is camping for both men and women. Please bring your own camping equipment. Day visits are welcome by prior arrangement.

For further information and to book your place for the week or to join for a day visit or any of the planned events / activities please contact the Forest Manager Ed Midmore via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact our Office via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special Events for Spring 2019

Special Events

29th June - Open Day
An invitation for the public to visit and experience Cittaviveka monastery

Lay Forums

Sundays 2.00 pm in the reception room of the main house

  • 7th April
  • 5th May
  • 2rd June
  • 7th July

Garden Days

Beginning in April, every Sunday, meet at the workshop at 1.30 pm
Any help is appreciatedTest

Forest Work Days

Meet ad the workshop at 1.30 pm

  • 7th April
  • 19th May
  • 9th June

Forest Work Week

5th - 12th July

For more information on the forest work week contact Ed on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vacancy for Long-term Resident Caretaker of Nuns' Cottage

Long-term Lay Resident Caretaker 

From time to time, there is space for a lay person who wishes to deepen their understanding and practice of Buddhism by living within our monastic setting and having the opportunity to stay as a long-term resident at Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery.

Long-term residents follow the schedules and daily routine of the monastery. This involves taking part in the life of the community and regular periods of meditation, work, chores, and occasionally having a solitary retreat time. They are expected to have some basic experience of meditation and mindfulness practice.

We are looking for someone with gardening and maintenance skills to take on the role as the caretaker of Rocana (the nuns’ cottage), taking responsibility for the appearance of the Rocana and Aloka garden areas, looking after garden equipment and hand tools, and working with volunteers.

Applicants should be female, due to available accommodation.

The role would include:

  • Taking care of the nuns’ cottage, especially during their absence
  • Having good household skills and being able to identify maintenance problems
  • Working independently and as part of a team of volunteers and monastics with responsibility for grounds and maintenance
  • Being able to identify plants and be knowledgeable about plant care
  • Digging, planting and weeding flower beds and borders
  • Pruning shrubs
  • Applying nutrients to plants and watering
  • Cleaning and maintaining hand tools and equipment
  • Caring for garden utility areas (garden shed etc.)
  • Supervising experienced and inexperienced volunteers doing basic gardening tasks
  • Implementing safe work procedures
  • Assisting with some clerical duties such as record keeping and safety documentation
  • Undertaking to offer approx. 30 hours of service per week
  • Being physically fit and robust 

Applicants will need to demonstrate they have the right to live in the UK through having a current valid passport and, where required, a visa.

We would invite suitable applicants to stay at the monastery for periods of up to a week during the coming months, when space is available. Following a trial period of three months, the successful applicant may be invited to stay for one year initially, but this will be reviewed every three months. This is a volunteer, residential position, available from mid-December 2017 or April 2018. 

If you are interested, email your CV and a covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or you can speak to Ajahn Cittapala at the monastery or leave a message on the answer phone: 01730 812 125

Portable Appliances (PAT) Tester Volunteer

We are currently looking for a new volunteer who would be able to check the electrical appliances (Portable Appliances Testing – PAT) at the monastery that are required by law to be tested regularly. At present the appliances at the Main site are tested during one calendar year and those at the Nuns accommodation the following year. The 2 year cycle then restarts but avoiding testing during Retreat periods. The Tester does not have to be an electrician but must be qualified as a PAT-Tester and have a certificate to prove this.

Help with the testing would be greatly appreciated and if you would like to know more details please contact the monastery.

Lost property

Please contact us if you think you might have left something at the monastery. It is our policy to keep lost property in store for a maximum of one month, after which we are likely to recycle accumulated items.