The accommodation in the houses is simple – meditators
are provided with what is essential: a bed, a meditation seat, an altar,
shelves, running water, a small gas cooker, a wood-burning heater, a shower
and a toilet. Some of the houses have an indoor toilet and some an outdoor
one; however, in the main house (what we call the cortijo) you will find
showers with hot water. There are also some houses without electricity,
where one must use candles or gas lamps.
Although at first glance it might seem rough to not have access
to your usual comforts, when you actually try it, you might
find that simplifying your life makes it easier to look inwards.The
food provided is lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Every day we place
a basket containing prepared meals for the whole day close
to the house. If you’re a Buddhist, you should bring
whatever you need for setting up your own altar (offering
bowls, statues, etc.). It is also very important to bring
a torch (flashlight).
There is a well-stocked library and a small shop where you can buy
incense, candles, books and other articles you need for your retreat:
if you need anything else you can ask in the office.We would like to
emphasize the importance of having received instructions and advice
from a qualified teacher concerning the practice to be done during
Houses must be rented for a minimum of one week. For longer retreats
(six months or longer) you will need references from a teacher confirming
that you have the necessary preparation.
You must follow the centre’s
rules if you choose to do the retreat in a more open format.
leave the house as clean as you found it. Also, if you damage anything
in the house, please pay for it at the end.