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England 5-Night Retreat

August 11-16, 2019
Hosted by Open Gate Sangha
Woldingham, Surrey

Program Fee
$565 (Payable to Open Gate Sangha)

Housing Fees: $220-$470
(Payable to Open Gate Sangha)

My Dear Friends,

I want to welcome you wholeheartedly to Open Gate Sangha's upcoming silent retreat. Retreat is my favorite forum to teach in because it is an opportunity to focus all of our time and attention in a sustained and devoted way toward responding, with the full measure of our hearts and minds, to the great spiritual instinct flowing within us all. This shared commitment makes retreat a powerful transformative environment.

Although the spiritual instinct is experienced in its own unique way within each one of us, it originates in the very ground of our universal being, and is an instinct to awaken to the timeless and measureless reality of our true nature─a true nature that encompasses the paradoxical qualities of transcendence, wholeness, and in-formed embodiment. This instinct to awaken to, and become conscious of, our true nature is as much a part of us as breathing. For our true nature seeks not only its full realization but also its in-formed and embodied expression in time and space.

I encourage you to come to retreat with as much of an open mind and open heart as you can. Whether this is your first retreat with me (welcome) or your latest among many, please show up ready and committed, and with a beginner's mind free of expectations or preconceived ideas of what this retreat has in store for you. Over two decades of teaching retreats has taught me that each and every retreat is unique and has a mysterious life of its own. So let us all come to retreat willing to live on the edge of discovery, and allow the inherent instinct of awakening to reveal all that it desires within us.

Retreat is also a commitment to the structure and container of retreat, as well as to the guidelines that help each of us to silently support one another and maintain the integrity of the retreat environment. This shared regard and respect for the dignity of one another and for the retreat structure is an important part of being on retreat, because we are all here both to respond to our own spiritual calling, as well as to silently support one another with great charity, courtesy, and kindness.

And finally, retreat is a time to retreat from the endless ways that we distract ourselves from the deeper and wider horizons of ourselves and of life. Many of our technological devices function as much as implements of distraction and addiction as they do to helping us navigate the practicalities of daily living. So please enter into retreat fully committed to being here, and tie up whatever loose ends you can so that you can give the full measure of your devotion to what spiritual retreat truly is and to why we gather together in sacred community.

I look forward to sharing this wonderful and rare opportunity to be with you on retreat, in mutual love and devotion to the truth at the heart of being. May all beings everywhere benefit.

With Great Love,

England 5-Night Retreat

August 11-16, 2019

5-night Silent Retreat with Adyashanti at Woldingham School

Check in: 1:30-5:00 pm Sunday
Check out: 1:00 pm Friday

Program Fee(payable to Open Gate Sangha)

England 5-Night Retreat

August 11-16, 2019

5-night Silent Retreat with Adyashanti at Woldingham School

Program Fee - Open Gate Sangha

Program fees are not transferable to other people or to other programs.
October 31, 2018 and later your full payment minus $50.00 cancellation fee will be refunded.
July 11, 2018 and later there is no cancellation refund.

Housing Fee - Open Gate Sangha

Cancel on or before July 11, 2019: $50 cancellation fee
Cancel on or after July 12, 2019: No refund

Woldingham School

Woldingham, Marden Park

Woldingham, Surrey CR3 7LR

Event and Housing Fees inclusive of VAT (tax).

Housing Fee: Payable to Open Gate Sangha. Please do not contact Woldingham directly regarding housing

Please Note: At this time, there are only multi-bed dorm options available with a waiting list for all other types of accommodation. 

  • Own Tent camping $220 (Waiting List Only)
  • Multi-bed dorm $365 (3-8 beds)
  • Doubles $410 (Waiting List Only)
  • Singles $435 (Waiting List Only)
  • Singles en-suite $470 (Waiting List Only)

Fees are per person and include meals. There are no "commuter" options for this retreat. All particpants must stay at the retreat site. The cost and availability of your housing preference is not guaranteed. For the best choice of housing options, make your reservation early using the housing form provided to you.

Questions about accommodations can be sent to email Registration.

Woldingham School

Woldingham, Marden Park

Woldingham, Surrey CR3 7LR

Transportation to Woldingham School

Air Transportation

When making flight arrangements for retreat, keep in mind that you must arrive on time (during registration on the first day) and stay through the end of retreat. In order to accomplish this, we recommend flying in no later than 1:30 pm on the first day of retreat and departing no earlier than 4:00 pm on the last day. If necessary, consider arriving a day early and/or leaving the day after retreat ends. Please note: It is not possible to stay extra nights at Woldingham school before or after the retreat. If staying extra nights please make arrangements to do so in London or a nearby town to Woldingham such at Caterham, Oxted or Croydon.


The airports near Woldingham School are Gatwick (20 minutes away) and Heathrow (45 minutes away). You are required to arrive at the retreat site between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm on the first day of retreat and depart no earlier than lunch on the last day.  Please adjust your flights accordingly.

Airport Ground Transportation

For information about transportation from the airport to the retreat site, visit the link for the airport you are flying into:


Woldingham School is located south-east of London, inside the M25, just 10 minutes from Junction 6 and with direct trains to London from Woldingham station every 30 minutes. Woldingham station is on the Oxted/East Grinstead/Uckfield line, 35 minutes from both London stations (Victoria and London Bridge); it may be necessary to change at East Croydon from London Bridge. Woldingham station is in the school grounds, about 1.5 miles from the School and, if you have the time and energy, the walk along the school drive is scenically rewarding.  A shuttle vehicle will be available from the station to the retreat site approximately every 30 minutes between 1:00-5:00 pm. (Please wait in the private car park via the small exit on platform one.) Alternatively, the local taxi service, Catax, can be contacted at 01883 345151.

Driving Directions

If using satellite navigation please use the postcode CR3 7LR

From M25: Junction 6 of the M25 motorway is approximately 4 miles from the school; at this point join the A22 northbound (signposted to ‘Caterham’ then ‘Croydon’ and ‘London’). At Wapses Lodge roundabout (first roundabout on A22 off Junction 6) take the Woldingham exit. After passing the stables on the left, please slow down and look out for buildings and a viaduct on the right (approximately 0.5 miles after Wapses Lodge roundabout). At the school sign, take the road leading under the viaduct arch on the right-hand-side. The school drive is 2 miles long.

From London: Take the A23 southbound. When you reach the large junction at Purley, turn left onto the A22 signposted to East Grinstead. Follow it through Whyteleafe. You will reach Wapses Lodge roundabout. Continue as directions above.