Stay with us
Experience daily life in the unique atmosphere of our Tibetan Buddhist community. You’ll find us tucked away in the hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland in a peaceful rainforest setting. Enjoy a warm welcome and all the peace and quiet you need for retreat, reflection, rest or relaxation. You’ll wake to birdsong and go to sleep lulled by the sounds of frogs and crickets, and will leave wanting to return again soon!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO STAY WITH US
We want you to feel at home at Chenrezig and to enjoy the many benefits of life in a Buddhist community. However, there are certain requirements all visitors to the centre need to be aware of. By being mindful of the behaviours expected in a Buddhist community you’ll feel comfortable and at ease, knowing that you are conducting yourself in the appropriate way.
You don’t need to be Buddhist to stay here, but you do need to have an open heart and mind, and a commitment to abide by the five lay precepts while you’re here:
- No killing (includes mosquitoes, flies and ants)
- No stealing
- No lying
- No sexual misconduct*
- No intoxicants
*this also refers to no sexual intimacy between couples while staying with us.
As we’re a monastic community we ask that you dress modestly, choosing looser clothing rather than tight. If wearing sleeveless tops, covering your shoulders in the gompa and public areas is respectful. Quietness outside the gompa and inside the entry porch is much appreciated. When you enter the gompa, please leave shoes outside.
CURRENT ACCOMMODATION AVAILABILITY
Retreat huts and Lotus House rooms can be booked by yourself online.
Retreat huts are available seven days a week because the huts provide self-catering facilities.
Lotus House is not self-catering. Therefore rooms are only available Friday and Saturday nights when the café can provide you with meals.
Other accommodation needs to be booked by application
Please make enquiries about booking Sangha House rooms and dormitories to firstname.lastname@example.org as this accommodation is currently considered on an individual basis.
THE BIG LOVE CAFÉ
Open: Friday to Sunday 9.00am – 1.30pm. Serving chai, coffee and cakes, lunch. Lunches need to be booked online 24 hours in advance so we can cater to numbers.
Supper and breakfast are served outside of the times above, and are only available by booking online.
Lunch: Friday, Saturday, Sunday $14.50
Supper: Friday, Saturday $8.00
Breakfast: Saturday, Sunday $8.00
your time with us
During your stay you are welcome to participate in our morning and evening Dharma practice, pujas, twice-weekly Buddhist teachings with our Tibetan teacher, weekly meditation, or you may prefer to simply relax and absorb the peaceful rainforest environment. Enjoy quiet contemplation in the Garden of Enlightenment, the Nalanda Masters’ Garden and Lama Yeshe’s garden, or walk the extensive grounds. You are also most welcome to make use of the library and borrow books while you’re here. The weekends are usually busy with activities, courses and events, attracting visitors from near and far. You will need to book for these weekend courses online or with reception if you’re interested in attending.
LIBRARY: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10.00am – 2.00pm
We look forward to seeing you soon, and hope that your stay at the centre is peaceful and beneficial.
Let's be practical
We are on a steep site and access to your accommodation is by foot only, so ensure you can manage your bags by packing lightly. You will need to park in the main carpark and walk uphill.
Dress simply, bringing layers to add warmth. A light throw can be welcome in the gompa, as well as on your bed at night as we are a few degrees cooler than the coast.
Bring a torch, insect repellent and sturdy shoes. Surfaces can be slippery.
We are on tank and dam water and appreciate your vigilance with saving this precious resource whenever possible. A filtered drinking water tap is available at the café, where you can also buy bottled water and other drinks.
CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19
To ensure safe distancing, please note the following changes to accommodation.
Single occupancy only, unless sharing with a family member (trundle bed can be provided for a small charge).
Lotus House and Sangha House
Twin rooms are currently offered as single rooms only, unless you are sharing with a family member.
Dormitories will be reconfigured for safe distancing, unless you are sharing with your family.
Accommodation prices for each room type remain the same.
FIRST: Check in with the Check in Qld app.
Visitors must confirm that they comply with these regulations:
You do not have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 for example: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sneezing, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste.
You do not have COVID-19 nor are you awaiting the results from being tested for COVID-19.
You have not been in contact with any known or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
You have not returned nor been in contact with anyone else who has returned from overseas in the past 14 days.
You have not travelled from any COVID-19 hotspots or restricted states in the past 14 days.
You have abided by mandated quarantine procedures if you have travelled from restricted states, overseas or been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
AVAILABILITY DURING RETREAT SEASON
At times, accommodation may be ‘block-booked’ in advance for major retreats or special teachings to ensure accommodation is available for those attending.
TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION
We have a range of simple accommodation to meet your needs.
Five simple huts are available, quietly positioned on the side of a wooded hill, close to the gompa and well away from foot traffic.
Perfect for those on personal retreat. The location is very private, for the use of hut occupants only with no public access. There is plenty of space between each hut to enhance your feeling of seclusion.
All huts are studio-style with a kitchenette and a single bed in one room. A desk, lamp and fan are provided. All huts have a fridge, microwave, hotplate, kettle, toaster and basic kitchenware. Bedlinen, towels and bathmat are provided.
Two huts have private bathrooms. The other three huts share bathroom facilities in an amenity block close by.
RETREAT HUTS 1, 2 and 3
Shared facilities: toilet and shower block is down the steps.
$70 per night for single occupancy. A trundle bed can be provided for $30 extra per night.
Just a short walk down the garden path to the gompa.
A shared house at the top of the property, reached by steps behind the gompa. Shared bathroom and toilet. A small shared kitchen is available with full-size oven and fridge, kitchen ware, crockery, dining table. Small lounge area with altar. Single beds. Bedlinen and towels provided.
$60 per person per night for a single room
$50 per person per night for a twin room
Positioned just footsteps from the gompa.
All rooms have separate entry. The shared toilet and shower block are at the far end of the building on the ground level. Single beds. Bedlinen provided.
Located on ground level. Bed, study desk, lamp, chair and fan. Recently refurbished.
$52 per person per night for a single room.
Located on the upper level.