Santi Forest Monastery offers the opportunity for women and men to train in a monastic setting. Accommodation is available for monastics and lay people to stay. Most dwellings are situated in quiet bush settings, providing the perfect atmosphere to practice simplicity and seclusion. Those who stay are encouraged to rise early, meditate often, practice generosity and learn from the teachings that are available here. Monastics are happy to discuss Dhamma/meditation with you on request.
Santi is primarily a monastic dwelling, rather than a lay retreat centre.
Everyone staying at Santi follows the general daily routine. It is supplemented with other activities such as Dhamma talks, classes in Buddhist studies, and special events.
6:30 – 7.10 Breakfast
7.10 – 7.30 Cleanup (mandatory)
7:30 – 10:30 Work meeting and work (Monday-Friday – mandatory)
11:00 – 13.00 Main meal (finish by 12 noon) & cleanup (mandatory)
13:00 – 18.00 Individual meditation time
18:00 – 19.00 Drinks (optional)
13:00: Vinaya Class (for Monastics and Anagarikas only)
13:00: Sutta Class
19:00: Dhamma Talk and Meditation
18:00-19:00: Informal gathering with drinks and Dhamma Discussion and / or Meditation Q&A with laity in the Library (Optional)
19:00: Paritta chanting and meditation (sometimes guided meditation CD)
No work meeting
No official work
All to help in the kitchen
The daily and weekly schedule is subject to change. Kindly check with a monastic or look at our notice board to be informed. Please notify us, if unable to attend.
Special schedule for Vassa / Rains Retreat (to be announced)
The Eight Precepts
Everyone staying at Santi follows these eight wonderful precepts:
- To refrain from deliberately killing any living being (including insects).
- To refrain from stealing. (Please ask one of the nuns before taking or borrowing anything belonging to the monastery.)
- To refrain from all kinds of sexual behavior in public and in private.
- To refrain from consciously lying.
- To refrain from alcohol and other intoxicants. (Smoking is also not allowed anywhere in the monastery.)
- To refrain from eating food between noon and dawn the next day. (Exceptions for people with genuine medical reasons. Dark chocolate, sweets, fruit juice, tea and coffee are OK.)
- To refrain from games, music, singing, dancing and other entertainments, and to refrain from using perfumes, make-up or jewellery.
- To refrain from using high and large seats and beds.
All services provided by Santi Forest Monastery, including teachings, accommodation and food, are provided free of charge through the generosity of our supporters.
To find out what provisions are currently needed at the monastery, you can call us or take a look at the Dana – page on this website.
Applying to stay
Lay people may apply to stay for up to one month. This period may be extended subject to a procedure of a long term guest review and availability of accommodation. For more information and application forms, please go to the ‘Applying to stay – Lay people’-page.
Female monastics are welcome to apply to stay for a short or longer period of time. Please note that Santi FM is a Nun’s monastery so Monks are only allowed to stay short-term. For more information and application forms, please go to the ‘Applying to stay – Monastics’-page.