Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to Buddhafield East

Here are some practical guidelines to help you and us make the gathering run as smoothly and enjoyably as possible.

What to bring:

Essentials

  • A tent or other dwelling.
  • Sleeping bag and blankets.
  • Warm clothes, and wet weather gear, boots or wellies.
  • A torch or lantern
  • Personal hygiene items including towel.
  • Hot water bottle if needed for cold nights.
  • Sun lotion and hat
  • Any personal medication
  • Meditation equipment (if you already practise meditation)
  • A warm hat for those late summer cool mornings and evenings
  • Alarm clock if you want to wake up for meditation

Extras

  • Musical instruments
  • Cloths and dressing up in the colour RED in line with the Brahma Viharas/Kurukulla theme for the outdoor rituals

Arrival and Departure times

Please arrive from 2pm on Wednesday 29th August 2018.

Please let us know the day and time you are hoping to arrive, and once at the field please give your name at the welcome tent near the gate as this is a prepaid ticket only event.

The closing ceremony for the gathering will begin after lunch at 2pm on Sunday 2nd September and we would prefer it if you could be off the site by 6pm.

If you can stay on an extra day to help us clear up the site then please let Sujayini know, your generosity will be very much appreciated.

Meals

All meals will be vegan and there will be cow’s milk supplied for breakfast, hot drinks etc.

There will be children’s food available as an option for children who have food preferences.

Please inform us of any dietary needs when you book. Please note that special diets can only be provided on medical grounds.

Water and Hot Drinks will be available throughout the event.

Fruit, biscuits and sandwiches are available for snacks.

Camp Guidelines

The event will be community based and all activities are optional although we would like to encourage everyone to join in the spirit of the camp by attending the gathering circle each morning. This will be an opportunity to find out what is on that day and to hear any important camp information.

Work period

To enable the camp to function smoothly everybody is asked to participate in about one hour of work each day.

People will be placed into groups and the work task will change daily.

Examples of the kind of work task that you may be given are: chopping vegetables, washing up, chopping wood, helping with children, keeping the toilets in toilet roll etc.

If you are unable to take part in the work groups then please let one of the organisers know in advance.

Work groups are a great way of making connections and getting to know others more deeply.

Programme

The daily programme will be available outside the tea tent. Please make yourself familiar with it.

Children

We will provide various activities for children and will do our best to create a safe environment. However we ask you to take full responsibility for your children at all times.

Field Guidelines

Camping

Please camp in the designated areas. There will be fire points of water and buckets available around this area. Please make yourself familiar with their whereabouts. Do not burn candles in tents.

Compost toilets

Please do not put plastic wrappings or sanitary towels into the compost toilets or pits. Plastic bins are provided for this purpose. Please only use the compost toilets for pooing – wee on the straw bales provided beforehand if possible.

Habitat

Please respect the field. Do not drop litter and if you see any please pick it up. Please be mindful of the recycling systems. Only use firewood provided; do not break wood out of trees/hedges etc. Please only use designated fire pits.

Hygiene

Please make sure that you wash your hands after using the toilets and before all meals and snacks. This will help keep the camp bug free.

First Aid and emergencies

There will be a first aid box on site. Please make yourself known if you are a trained first aider. There will also be a mobile phone available for emergency calls.

Dogs

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on site. Any stray dogs will be removed.

We are trying to create a peaceful, happy, harmonious environment that we can all enjoy so please respect our policy of a drug and alcohol free environment.

So we can help to create a sacred space within the field there will be a quiet time from 11pm at night and 11.30pm on Saturday night. Please respect this by being aware that any noise travels easily in a field.

If you can offer a lift to others please let us know.

Please have a safe journey; we look forward to meeting you there.