Guidelines for staying overnight during COVID-19:
Guests will be asked to stay for a minimum of 2 nights to minimise the amount of cleaning necessary between guests.
Please note: because of COVID-19 restrictions, staying overnight as a volunteer at this time involves more quiet and solitude than at normal times. Because we are unable to share many communal spaces, there will be less time with the community here. It is worth considering this when planning your stay.
Public health requirements:
- We ask all guests to understand that all measures put in place for visitors are related to our statutory requirements as a public and residential space and the limited amount of resources we have as volunteers to meet cleaning/public health guidelines.
- As always, we remain fully committed to Sunyata being an open space for all of the community to avail of, however we must also adhere to public health guidelines. Therefore it is necessary for all guests to fully commit to following the outlined procedures before booking to stay
- The ‘farmhouse’ is allocated as the guest accommodation. A maximum of 2 people will be able to stay at any one time in the farmhouse. Each guest will have their own bathroom/shower and their own bedroom. Only the farmhouse and the Dhamma hall will be open to guests and all other buildings will remain closed.
- Due to social distancing regulations related to public spaces it will not be possible to open the kitchen to guests at this time. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for volunteer guests in the farmhouse.
- Guests are required to commit to cleaning the shared space in the farmhouse twice daily and sanitising ‘touch points’ as well as to follow the other guidelines required by public health advice such as using hand sanitiser/social distancing, cough etiquette and hand washing.
If you do not feel comfortable with following these procedures it may be best to delay visiting to a future date
Guidelines on staying at Sunyata:
Sunyata provides an opportunity for people to deepen their understanding of Buddhism and themselves, to practice mindfulness, or simply take time away from their everyday lives to reflect. Ethical guidelines, meditation practice and community work all help to maintain an environment conducive to these practices.
The rhythm of life at Sunyata is an essential part of our spiritual practice. Using the ordinary activities of daily life, we try to bring mindfulness and composure into our experience, whether in activity or in stillness, in relationship or in solitude.
Although there is much time for individual meditation and contemplation, guests are expected to take part in the following daily schedule:
|9.30am -12.30pm||Morning chores|
|3.00pm -5.00pm||Afternoon chores [optional, depending on workload]|
Living in Community
At Sunyata there is a range of jobs which need doing around the centre such as in the kitchen, garden, the forest and with keeping the buildings clean. The working time set aside each morning and afternoon helps to maintain the centre and also gives us the opportunity to practice mindfulness in ordinary tasks.
We are grateful for your help. We hope that the structure of the day, with its times of silent contemplation together, individual reflection and more engaged work, can help each of us to find a balance in our practice.
We would appreciate it if you could be mindful around the conservation of energy and protecting the beautiful natural environment here at Sunyata. Please keep communal areas clean and tidy and avoid using candles or incense in any of the buildings. Sunyata grounds are non-smoking.
Guests are asked not to listen to music or engage in other forms of entertainment whilst at Sunyata. We also ask you to refrain from using phones and electronic devices in the common areas. As with other guidelines, these are simply ways of creating an environment conducive to contemplation. We also ask guests to keep noise to a minimum after 9 pm.
Guests are asked to respect the sanctity of the meditation hall by using it only for meditation and following the guidelines related to its use.
We do not supply bedding unless you are travelling from overseas – please let us know in advance if this is the case.
Initial stays are limited to 3 days, after which subsequent visits may be of longer duration.
As is traditional in this lineage of Buddhism, everything at Sunyata is offered free of charge so that the teachings and practice are available to everyone. As the centre is supported solely by donations, any contribution you are able to make for your stay here is much appreciated. The donation box can be found in the foyer of the dhamma hall.
Guests are required to commit to the following guidelines
- A person who feels unwell on the intended day of arrival, should cancel their visit
- A person who is confirmed case, a suspected case or a close contact of a suspected case within 14 days of their visit should cancel their visit
- A person who becomes unwell while here, needs to return home.
- If after being here, a person contracts the virus, they should let us know.
Please do not attend the centre if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above)
- a cough – any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste