Monthly Archives: January 2011

Metta Retreat 2011

Bhante Sujato will be teaching a Metta Retreat again this Easter.
Reserve a place in your diary now for the the only retreat that Bhante will give this year in NSW.
Easter/Anzac Day holidays coincide this year enabling an extra long retreat.
The venue is the Quest for Life centre in Bundanoon. This lovely, peaceful and comfortable venue close to Santi Monastery gives retreatants the chance to visit or even spend a night or two at the monastery before or after the retreat. For more details and hardcopy of registration form download the brochure: metta retreat flyer 2011

Retreat Payment and Registration

Deadline for registration and payment is 21 March 2011
To register for the Metta Retreat 2011 please read all of the instructions carefully FIRST. Then follow the instructions for payment below and then fill in the online form at the bottom of this post.

For payment EITHER:

Send a check for $440 (including GST) payable to Santi forest Monastery Inc. to:

Santi Metta Retreat
PO Box 132, Bundanoon
NSW 2578


Make a direct deposit to:

Account Name: Santi Forest Monastery Inc.
BSB Number: 012-739
Account Number: 3488-68601
Bank: ANZ Bank 

322-324 Argyle St., Moss Vale, NSW, 2577

For online deposits: please write your name and “Retreat” in the space for “description” so we know that this deposit is for your retreat registration and is not  a regular donation. Mark the box on the Metta Retreat Form below – paid online so that we know you have paid.

Important: For online deposit (direct deposit) please post us a copy of your deposit slip.

We will acknowledge your registration only after we receive your check/money order or deposit slip or we have other proof of your online deposit.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Sangha member for the retreat (fully or partially) please contact

Extreme Santi

Part of walk route viewed from Morton National Park

The Extreme Monastery Walk 2 January 2011

On the only truly hot day so far of 2011, a small group of Santi guests and residents embarked on the Extreme Santi Walk. Bhante Sujato was the leader on a route that traversed along some of the cliffs that form the boundary between Santi Forest Monastery and Morton National Park.

It was certainly a very spectacular walk/scramble, that had participants legs feeling like jelly on many occasions the also gave rise to a few slightly raised heart rates. Despite the pressure on limbs and nervous systems 50% of our starters completed the traverse and the rest retraced their steps safely.

Big Cave Update

The heart of the landscape at Santi Forest Monastery would have to be the Moneyya Cave. It is affectionately referred to as The Big Cave to distinguish it from the many “little caves” scattered along the gullies. In late 2009 the long, labour of love that transformed the cave from a sand-filled pocket of sandstone into a beautiful space for meditation and Dhamma talks was finally finished.

Inside the Big Cave

Kathrin (left) works on the wall outside the cave while others are planting

In 2010 the focus has been on improving the entrance and surrounds of the cave. A large, timber clad shed was built and is now being used for storage of mats, cushions,  and other essential meditation requisites. A composting toilet, housed in the same style of structure was purchased and installed thanks to a NSW Climate Change Fund grant.

The Great Wall

Anagarika Kathrin has been working consistently since September to build a beautiful limestone wall. This beautiful structure snakes elegantly along the top edge of the slope between the cave entry area and the forest below.


Ayya Analaya was also busy in 2010 propagating seedlings of local native plants to re-vegetate the steep, sandy slopes to prevent erosion and restore the natural forest. A small team of nuns and guests had a a very satisfying time planting these little seedlings before Christmas. We’re happy to report that almost all have survived and are flourishing.