a million miles but 40 minutes from London

January 2019 - Happy new year

It was quite a busy year and we have now appointed Andy MacSwayed, an architect to oversee what we do next, with regards to the cabin.

The site is being redeveloped as we speak (hopefull!) so there should be lots to write about soon.

Owing to retirement I will be doing less and Srivati will take over more and more ...BUT... watch this space!


Summer - feedback: I never really no what to include as we havent had poor feedback for years and it seems gratuitous! Your thoughts please?:

I just wanted to  express my heartfelt thanks for allowing me to stop at Danaloka this past week. I had an extraordinary week which will live with me for a very long time indeed. I always feel when I go on retreat my practice deepens and my commitment to the Buddhist path is strengthened, but going on my first solitary took my engagement with the teachings to a whole new level, especially in terms of helping me hone my meditation practice.
I do hope the next retreatant found I had left the cabin clean and tidy. I did some work in the garden too to make it look welcoming. Please get back to me if I forgot anything and if I have pass on my most sincere apologies.
Tried to sand down the door edge, with only minimal success. Left a sheet of sandpaper there so I think you should make it a condition of booking that every retreatant spends five minutes sanding-not really!!!!
Thank you again. Please take good care of yourself. I appreciate how difficult things must be for you at the moment, but rest assured, all Danalokans-love that word-myself included, send to you a universe of lovingkindness.  Kind regards my friend.   Kev Delaney . September 2018

Just wanted to say thank you so much for allowing me to stay at Danaloka a few weeks ago....it was a wonderful experience! I managed to get a bit lost on the way in but made it in the end, I did a little dance when I walked in because I loved it so much :) 
I was really excited to see the deer and they came to visit every day which was amazing, plus I was treated to a thunderstorm too one evening which was brilliant.
I went completely “offline” while there which did me good and I even went without a clock for a couple of days, which I did find quite challenging but useful too.
Anyway, once again thank you for this amazing resource and I really hope to be able to come back and do a winter retreat later in the year or early next year.
Metta to you, Karen Fisher MGHT - Indigo Aura Spiritual - August 2018

Danaloka is a truly magical place - I feel like I have discovered a hidden treasure.  I reached a point of burnout and needed to find some green, some quiet and solitude asap. It is 30 minutes from central London but you feel a million miles away. I was blessed with beautiful weather whilst I was there and spent 5 days in the cabins pretty garden and the surrounding forest. It was a little surreal and 'disneyesque' to watch squirrels rabbits and deer running around mere metres away whilst sitting reading a book and having breakfast. The cabin is peaceful and rustic and you get a real sense of healing from the place especially as it is full of the books, relics and stories of those that have stayed there before you. But the garden is the special part - it has the most wonderful energy and I have never felt stillness before they way I did there. I will most certainly be back - thank you x 
Dr Emily MacGregor

I've just spent a magical weekend at Danaloka, it was my first solitary and could not have been more perfect. The cabin is cozy and has such a wonderful energy, I knew as soon as I stepped inside I was in for a wonderful experience. The facilities are basic but that is definitely part of the charm and adds to the experience. I especially enjoyed having bucket baths in the courtyard with pouring piping hot water over me outdoors in very cold weather was exhilarating and liberating - I left with a new appreciation of just how little we actually need to survive and be happy.
I spent happy hours reading tucked up on the sofa, listening to the continuous bird song and of course many hours meditating. There is everything you need for a beautiful shrine, several rupas, incense sticks and holders, numerous lighters about the place, meditation cushions, blocks and a blanket.
Walking in the ancient woods surrounding the cabin is like entering a timeless magical space. The trees seem to go on forever and the feeling of being enveloped 360 degrees by the wood is incredible - especially for a city girl! Look closely and suddenly you realise there are herds of deer peeping at you from behind the trees and beyond, their coats blending in with the bark of the trees. Don't move too suddenly or they will be off in a flash. Other bolder residents of the wood are the squirrels, blue tits, hares and I think I also saw a large hen but I could have been wrong!
As soon as Peter arrived to pick me up and take me back I was immediately planning when would be the soonest I could get back to spend another weekend there. Peter is such a lovely warm person I enjoyed our chats on both the outward and return journey. He truly lives his dana practice: on the way back he towed a young lad's car to safety who had broken down at a busy junction and gave him a lift to his home!
I am looking forward to returning in the early summer months to see the difference when the trees are in full leaf. Highly recommended for anyone looking for some time to decompress in peaceful surroundings. Jo from the Brixton Trinatna Sangha.

Danaloka had been suggested to me by a friend as a solitary retreat location, for some much-needed time away. Booking was friendly and straightforward with Srivati and Peter and I was looking forward to the week.

The location is a delight; I was there in November which felt the perfect time of year to enjoy the ancient woodland. To be able to watch and enjoy so much wildlife and the leaves fall from the trees was a joy. Most mornings I awoke to sightings of deer, stag and even a horse! I had the fortune of coming across a herd of about 50 deer, which felt like a real privilege.

The cabin itself is fairly basic but comfortable and had all I needed for the week. I enjoyed the sense of shared resource and having a look at the visitors book of those before me (some names I recognised!). It isn't silent- it isn't completely remote- yet the energy of the cabin and surrounding area is incredibly still, so the odd 'human noise' from around didn't effect my sense of solitude at all.

I'd really like to thank Peter personally as well; unfortunately we missed my train home due to an unexpected situation for Peter delaying him and I was struck with his generous and caring response when this happened. Peter seems to embody the spirit of Danaloka and I wish him well with the plans for expansion. I'd happily recommend Danaloka to others, and hope to revisit in the future.

Erika Narkiewicz November 2017


Deer at Danaloka Solitary cabinI am delighted to report that the first stage is done the tool shed has been relocated


We now have some rough sketches of what the rebuilt cabin might look like! It includes a meditation room with a beautiful view over the woods, bedroom, new bathroom and refurbished kitchen! Sincere thanks to Kevin Gooch for his input!

Since 2002 Danaloka has been a shared resource available for individual retreats and couples or small groups needing to find some space and simplicity. The cabin is warm, comfortable and well equipped, with mains electricity and running hot water! (After 10 years of walking 100 yards to fetch water it still seems like a luxury!)

There is currently a log burner and other heating and with very good windows and insulation it keeps the cabin snug and warm but to get an idea of what it's like to stay there have a look at the Feedback comments by clicking above.

I recently spent six days at Danaloka as part of my study leave as an Anglican Priest, I found it a wonderful creative and reflective experience, not without challenges, but overall extremely positive.
To begin with you have to be comfortable with your own space, and be someone who enjoys solitude and tranquillity. When Peter left me after picking me up from Stratford station I was told it was my space for the week. I quickly began to make the Cabin my own, and bought into the notion of a “shared resource.” As well as lots of relaxation, reading, long walks, and saying the daily office (the rhythm of prayer for the Anglican Church) there were plenty of little jobs to do around the cabin to help keep it in good order. Sweeping leaves, clearing gutters, fetching wood for the wood burner, all these little jobs became small acts of grace that would benefit the next guest.
I was at the cabin in January, so it could get a bit chilly in the evenings. I found it essential to bring enough wood into the cabin to keep myself comfortable and warm. Making tea in the morning and gazing out into the forest was a real experience. The forest itself is home to at least two wild herds of deer, plus numerous other wildlife.
I found Danaloka a positive experience. Some people who like their domestic comforts may find the outside loo and bowl baths at the sink a little bit primitive for them but these were small minuses among many positives (and soon the new bathroom and central heating will change all that! Peter).
If you’re considering going book it! If you have never been in a cabin on the edge of 200 acres of protected Forrest you wont find a better place.
Paul -

"There is something very special about Danaloka. I spent a week's solitary there 20-27 October and found the conditions there really conducive to meditation, study and reflection. The natural surroundings are beautiful and just looking out at the forest and going for a wander among the trees cannot but help one to feel connected to nature and also connect with oneself inwardly. While there in October I saw deer in the forest several times and the natural timidity of these creatures makes you respect the impact you have on the environment and encourages you you to tread lightly. I also saw deer from the windows of the cabin as they wandered into the Danaloka garden early in the morning. It is quite something to be settling down on your meditation cushions and pausing - because you can't help be captivated by the beauty - to look in wonder at a small herd of deer nuzzling around a few feet away from you. The fact that this kind of experience of nature is available so near to London is kind of a unique selling point. Peter was really helpful with the booking arrangements and with picking me up and dropping me off at Stratford for a very reasonable fee. This helped me a lot as I had my baggage and week's food in tow. Thanks again for everything. I recommend Danaloka highly."All the best - Patrick - Oct 2017

I spent four weeks on solitary at Danaloka in February and appreciated it hugely.  The cabin is comfortable and cozy.  There were times when everything outside was really sodden, but the cabin stayed miraculously dry.  Although it's not deep in the country, the woods and its four-legged and winged inhabitants are lovely, and I went on a short circular walk every day which was almost entirely in the woodland.  Early spring there is a magical time - a lot of birdsong, and the forest floor becoming green with primroses and snowdrops.  And Peter couldn't have been more helpful in all the practicalities and in his concern that I should be comfortable.Vimalavajri 2017

'What can i say? like a week spent in a ryokan poem. the simple and beautiful life in a cabin by the woods, delightfully alone, within an hour's travel from london - it really does feel like a world away. It was my first solitary retreat, and i loved it. Waking up on my first morning to make coffee and watch a whole herd of deer in the garden, who kept me company in the woods all week. The birds. cooking and eating simple tasty food, and gazing into the woods at the vivid autumn colours, in the trees and coating the forest floor. something about the positive atmosphere of the cabin, with it's shrine in the centre of the room, did wonders for my meditation practice- but I wish i'd spent more time on the sofa, next to the fire, watching those trees and dreaming...
Practicals: it was a godsend to be taken to the cabin and back via lifts from the charming srivati and peter, as i don't have my own car - and door to door, it was an hour! Once there, i was greeted by a friendly note from the previous guest, who left me chocolate and feta cheese as a gift for my stay. Also they left the cabin clean, tidy and comfortable, which was lovely to 'recieve', and encouraged me to also leave it as i found it for the next guest. i do like the feeling of a shared resource rather than a soulless holiday let... the cabin is far enough away from everything that i didn't see a soul for the five days i was there, but it's close enough to various neighbours that if i'd had an emergency, help is 5 minutes walk away. It's cosy and easy heatable by the gas fire or (my favourite) the wood burning stove, and the full kitchen means everything you need, apart from food and linen, is already there. The only thing i didn't like was having to leave!'

It's hard to believe this place is inside the M25 especially when wild deer wander freely and walk almost past the cabin on a daily basis. 200 acres of protected ancient broadleaf woodland, streams and pasture and having very few people around, have helped to make this a haven for wildlife. Helped by the avoidance of anything remotely likely to cause disturbance as well, of course!

The cabin really is set in a magical spot, 1.6 miles from the main road and at the end of a private and gated track. It's not the Highlands or North Wales but, as a compromise between travel time and seclusion, it's earned a good reputation.

'... there's been a burning longing in my chest for such a spot, for longer than I can remember and when I reached Danaloka I literally cried with joyful relief!' 7/17 anon

'When I arrived a deer was snacking on the grass outside the small gate...what a great welcome!' July 2017 LBC woman.


BUILDING: Working with a local builder I am delighted to say the planned cabin rebuild is looking good for 2018. We are just awaiting planning consent.

Do we have an architect amongst you to help with a suggested interior layout? If so please contact me by email

Also volunteers would be marvellous!

Here's some more of the recent feedback.




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Special Thanks go to Gianni (Brighton) for the spring clean and loads of work. 04/18


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