Book a residential course

Introductory and intermediate courses – the practicalities

The course fees for introductory courses are £60 for unwaged people and £120 for those in employment and these need to be paid six weeks prior to the course. There is no charge for the intermediate courses. The Samatha Trust relies entirely on donations to support its activities including running the Samatha Centre, Greenstreete.

The courses generally run from Friday evening until Sunday after lunch, roughly 2pm. It helps if people can arrive on the Friday between about 6pm and 9pm.

We provide single rooms when possible, but sometimes people may need to share with one other person. We can provide all bedding, although if people bring their own bed linen it will help.

Meals are provided communally, and participants are generally asked to help in the kitchen. Participants are also asked to help with other small tasks such as cleaning personal and communal spaces at the end of the course.

Life at the Centre is run in a way that supports meditative practice, and residents abstain from sexual activity, alcohol and recreational drugs while there. Reading, too, is generally a distraction. The use of mobile phones and other electronic media devices is discouraged.

Other than that, participants need to bring comfortable loose clothes for meditating, and strong footwear and waterproof clothing for outdoors.

Course dates

Introductory courses

  • 6th - 8th May 2022
  • 11th - 13th November 2022

Intermediate courses

  • 12th - 14th November 2021
  • 14th - 16th January 2022
  • 11th - 13th March 2022
  • 10th - 12th June 2022
  • 7th - 9th October 2022

To apply to join a course please fill out the form below. If you have any further enquiries please contact Abi Dobbyn by email at richmondsamathabeginners@gmail.com