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Mindful Family Camp

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Mindfullness Family camp is based on the Five mindfulness trainings and mindfulness pracitce principles. We invite family to come and join the family camp with an attitude of openness and willingness to learn from each other and to help each other develop mindfulness practice in family settings and discuss ethical education for children and parents.

For this weekend family camp, we are together without distractions so the family will connect well. All activities, games and work would create spontaniosily during the camp and will be parents led, children and adult centred. We will be living as a mindful community with times for personal practice, organised activities, chores and mindful working.

The family camp is based on donation, suggested donation is £150.

All families are requested to bring vegetarian food to cook, fruits, soft drinks or cooked food enough to share with 30 people for a meal. Every participant will assign and be taking part in cooking, cleaning, gardening and washing up as a mindfulness practice.

Please bring camping equipment, sleeping bags, sleeping mates, warm and waterproof clothes, walking shoes and donations.

Families will be given the space to relax and enjoy some time away from their busy worlds in a beautiful setting. There will be lots of opportunities for parents to practice on their own, organised nature exploration and art activities for children of different age groups, as well as shared daily practices.

Families of all ages, sizes and kinds are welcome!

Camping facilities and dorm space available.


Why come on mindfulness family camp?

This retreat will be an opportunity to experience the space to spend time with your family in a mindful way and to reflect on your practice in a supportive community environment . A period of retreat time can shed a wide light on our lives and can allow fresh perspectives to emerge. It allows us to become more established in our practice.

What kind of practices will you be engaged in?

This camp will be quite different to a typical meditation retreat and will involve periods where parents and children will be engaged in varying forms of practice together and separately. A typical day will involve shared morning Dhamma contemplation. This will be followed by a daily program for children of all ages (with different programs for each age group) that will include nature based exploration and awareness activities, games for investigating awareness, dhamma sharing practices and the opportunity for play, art and creativity. These practices will be lead by the camp team and parents will have plenty of time to join in with their own activities and/or spend time in quiet reflection. The retreat will also include a daily chore period.

See below for typical schedule.

Who can come on the mindfulness family camp?

Families of all sizes are welcome on this retreat. We are a small centre, however, every effort will be made to give families a comfortable and spacious environment to practice and stay in. There will be roughly 20-25 people staying on site including both adults and children. There is no restriction on children’s age, however please do book early so that we can anticipate the needs of different age groups. In general, retreats are open to anyone with a genuine interest in peace of mind.

One does not have to consider oneself a Buddhist in order to attend. Most people are drawn here because of their interest in practice or simply a desire to understand life and live more peacefully. People of all ages, backgrounds, and spiritual paths attend retreats at Sunyata.

Meals on the family camp

There will be two main meals during the day, a dinner and a light meal in the evening plus Breakfast. All meals will be prepared together by different families.

We serve nutritious vegetarian (but not vegan) meals. We are sorry to say we can not provide pecial diets. We do encourage participants with special dietary requirements to bring some supplies of their own to supplement the meals on offer. For example we usually don’t provide gluten-free bread on retreats so we ask participants to bring their own.


There are two types of accommodation available on this retreat. Dorm style accommodation in which families will be accommodated together or as close to each other as possible. We do not offer single rooms. Depending on the retreat, it is sometimes possible to stay offsite in a local B&B and commute to and from retreats from there. Camping facilities will also be available on site and families will be given their own space at separate sites on the grounds

Please note: Both dorm and camping spaces are limited so if you have a strong preference please book early.

What to bring

You will need to bring the following: bedding, to include sheets, pillowcase,pillow and duvet sleeping bag. We do not supply bedding at the Centre unless you are travelling from overseas.
You will also need to bring a towel, toiletries, loose / warm / comfortable clothing, outdoor shoes / wellingtons and coat for walking outdoors, slippers or thick socks for indoor wear. You may also want to bring personal items such as ear plugs, hot water bottle, and an umbrella or other rain gear. A fleece/shawl to wear during meditation may also come in handy.

Important: Please do not bring audio or computer devices such as MP3 players, tablets, ipads or CD players.

We are hoping to create an environment where families can engage in peaceful and shared practice and take a break from everyday distractions. You’re Ipad will still be there when you get back! Retreatants are asked to switch off mobile phones for the duration of the retreat.


This retreat is offered on a donation basis. There is no fixed charge to attend . This is influenced by the Buddha’s teaching on the cultivation of generosity or dana

This means that anyone who wished to attend family camp may do so regardless of their financial circumstances.

Nobody involved in the running of the retreat receives any payment and all funds will go directly to the upkeep of the centre.

About the Camp Master

Ven. Jinho took ordination in the Chinese Chan (Zen) tradition with Master Sheng Yen in 2000, training intensively in the Dharma Drum Mountain Monastery in Taiwan for six years. Meanwhile, she studied at the Dharma Drum Buddhist University for four years, majoring in Buddhist doctrines, Vinaya (Buddhist precepts) and Chan practice. She arrived in England in 2007 and and wrote a dissertation on Buddhist monasticism in Britain with the University of Bristol. She teaches Zen meditation, spiritual healing group and Dharma reading groups at the Multifaith Chaplaincy Centre of Bristol University.

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