Applying to stay – Monastics

Please note that Santi FM is a Bhikkhuni monastery.

To apply to stay, please first read all the information below, including the conditions of stay for monastics, then fill out and submit the Online Application Form via the link at the bottom of this page. Please apply at least five days prior to your desired arrival date, unless previously arranged with the monastery.

Online applications will be processed and phone calls will be answered during office hours – 8am to 11am Wednesday to Monday. However, if you don’t hear back from us within five days of applying please email to ensure your application has come through.

Before applying to stay, please consider that Santi Forest Monastery has only basic accommodation facilities and is in a very rugged environment, with summer and winter temperatures that are often extreme. You need to be physically agile and have relatively robust health to stay at Santi. If you’d like more details of facilities and conditions, please contact the monastery directly.

When applying to stay, if possible please avoid arriving on a Tuesday, as the monastery is closed on this day for a weekly ‘quiet day’. If this proves too difficult to arrange however, please just let us know and we can make an exception.

Conditions of Stay

Please know that Santi has a policy of not accepting people to stay who show up unannounced.

If this is your first request to stay at Santi, the maximum stay is 2 weeks for local visitors, and 4 weeks for interstate or international visitors. The minimum period of stay is 7 days. The maximum period you can apply to stay after your first visit is one month.

If you wish to apply for a longer term stay at Santi, you need to have stayed at Santi before and be known to the Santi community. Your request will be subject to a long-term guest review by the resident community and the availability of accommodation.

Before applying to stay at Santi, you need to read our page Conditions of Stay for Monastics which explains the conditions which you need to accept in order to stay here.

  • Applicants should be in good physical and mental health.
  • Applicants are expected to follow the daily routine, attend work meetings and participate in work activities.

8 precept nuns must wear white (or for 8 precept Sayalays, pink) whilst visiting Santi.

We need to see your identification, proof of ordination and proof of healthcare cover before we accept your application to stay.

For Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents:
A colour copy of your passport / Australian driver’s licence or other Australian issued government identification (copy must include your photo).
And a copy of your Medicare card.

For overseas visitors:
A colour copy of your passport is required (copy must include your photo).
Proof of valid Comprehensive Travel/Health Insurance that will cover you for the entire duration of your stay at Santi.

Proof of Ordination for Bhikkhunis
Please scan your Upasampada certificate.

Proof of Ordination for Samaneris
Please scan your Pabbajja  certificate.

8 precept nun ceremony 
If you have a photo of your taking 8 precepts & hair shaving ceremony, you may provide a copy of it as your proof of ceremony.

Please send us your scanned documents of:
1)  your medicare card or healthcare insurance
2)  your identification, with your face clearly showing
3) your proof of ordination certificate
via email to santiguest[at]gmail[dot]com  BEFORE you complete and submit this application.

Type in the subject line: “your name – Proof of Health Insurance and ID”.
Eg. “Ven Dhamma – Proof of Health Insurance and ID”.

Or you may post your document copies to:
Santi Forest Monastery
PO Box 132

Do not send us the Originals of your documents, copies only please.

All of the information that you provide will be kept confidential and will not be passed on or disclosed to any other person or organisation.

Online Application Form

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