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'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!' Sal. Nov 2015

My solitary stay at Danaloka was one of the most magical experiences of my life. I had looked for a place like this for some time and was lucky enough to stumble across the website.
From the initial phone call to Peter to make the booking through to my departure from the cabin everything was made so easy. I was greeted with a warm welcome from Peter outside Stratford station (easy to spot among the commuters as he was beaming like a person genuinely at peace with the world and himself).
Once I arrived at the cabin, Peter and I said our goodbyes and that was that for a few days. All kinds of thoughts rushed through my head in the first few minutes - “have I brought enough chocolate?”, “what will I learn about myself?”  “Am I growing in maturity or just plain barking mad?” (answers were – yes, lots and both)!
After an hour or so I settled into a slower pace. Days were filled with reading, meditation, walks in the woods and just quietly sitting and watching all the nature I was surrounded by. My usual daily worries just floated off me day by day until I became quite at home, content and even euphoric with this basic way of life.  My retreat definitely changed me and there is a little part of Danaloka which remains in my heart which I call upon from time to time to give me peace.
Thanks Peter for sharing such a special resource.
Autumn Early stayed from Feb 6-12th 2015

"Thanks for the wonderful Danaloka.  It was very refreshing and something I have been looking for for a few years - a place to meditate and do solitary retreat and to really let go.
  I had a wonderful stay and am looking forward to making another booking.  Thank you for this beautiful space.  Jeremy B. Aug 2014

"Just had a gorgeous retreat at Danaloka on my way to the women's ordination retreat in spain. It was a joyful and spacious gap between my full life at Taraloka and whatever the next 3 months bring. And the best bit is.... I'm doing the same on the way back.

The cabin is beautiful. Really well equipped and just the right size!  Big enough that it feels spacious and you can do yoga or tai chi or just lie like a starfish on the floor! Yet small enough that it only takes a few minutes to take the chill off with a fire, and within half an hour you're toasty warm. You really get a sense of the care given to this place, not only by Peter and Srivati in setting it up, but by everyone who stays and helps maintain it and keep it clean and tidy.

The woods are magical with the deer on their daily foraging routines, huge black-ear-tipped rabbits and beautifully formed trees (the new leaves were just blooming while I was there). A real characterful old wood! I didn't see the wild boar, nor any other people as I wandered; even if I just followed the bridleways, but I got a sense that the wood was big enough to hold us all anyway.

...And so simple to get there... I had a lift from and to Stratford, which meant I only had to carry my food a few metres from Westfield shopping centre and James and Peter helped with my bags!

I can hardly wait to see the trees again!"

(Hridayagita visited/returned Aug 2014)

I’m still feeling totally zen and very happy. This retreat has done me *such* a world of good. And it was ever so nice to meet you and Srivati. Thank you, both of you, for ferrying me back and forth. Noreen

Just to say a big thank you from Matt and I. We had a fantastic time at Danaloka. The perfect retreat place away from it all! Feeling very grounded and refreshed now :).Susie and Matt. PS. The deer came for a visit which was lovely.   (Aug 2013)

Thank you for the weekend at the cabin. It stands out as dazzling and light-filled in my memory and I feel it was really helpful for me. EB May 2013

Danaloka is a fabulous spot, the cabin and the environs are continually improving and very comfortable for the purpose of retreating. I hadn’t been in the summer before so was quite bowled over by how different the woods are. The deer are harder to spot but perhaps also more adventurous because of the extra cover. The good weather also led to some longer walks, as I rounded one clump of trees into a field I caught site of a fantastic view of London! I know it’s not far away but it took my breath away being able to see the familiar landmarks so clearly. This summer I really needed to rest up, relax and recover from a very full on academic year. Danaloka really lends itself to doing nothing and doing it well. This is not an easy task, not when you really stay with the experience that is revealed when you don’t add to it. And yet it is intensely satisfying. Lalitarāja

 

Hi folks, Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I enjoyed my stay at Danaloka. It was exactly where I needed to be.

The cabin was cosy and welcoming, and I loved being able to sit on the sofa and look out across the garden to the forest.  It rained with various degrees of enthusiasm for most of my stay, and I enjoyed walking in the lushness that the water bought to the landscape.   

Whilst I was opening the cabin up, I heard a noise coming from the bedroom.  When I investigated, I found that a small bird had got into the room and was now somewhat confused that it couldn’t exit via the floor length window facing the bed. 
I bent down and carefully picked it up, expecting it to fight and flap and concerned that it might go into shock and die from the stress, as birds can do.  However, it hopped onto my hand quite confidently.  It selected one of my fingers as a suitable perch, and I carried it out into the garden.  I expected it to fly off quickly, but it was content to sit awhile with me, gripping my finger with such strength for such a tiny creature.  Eventually it flew off across the garden, seemingly with no ill effects from its little adventure. 

Other treats that nature showed me where a squirrel and a rabbit chasing each other; a visit from the two feral pigs (I nicked named them the Yin & Jang pigs as one is black and one is white); quite a few sightings of deer, near the cottage and in the forest round about; rabbits and foxes; lots of different birds, and a hare, just as I was leaving on the last day.

I hope I will be able to come and stay again soon. Much metta
Chris H

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Nina, who stayed for the new year week, said she really enjoyed her first solitary retreat. It was a far cry from the streets of Paris and her few months placement in London. She said she particularly enjoyed the peace and tranqility. It was certainly a warmer week than the previous year!

Danaloka was a great space for reflection and coming back to myself and nature. It is great to know I have somewhere to get away from the rush of London. Peter and Srivati are beautiful people and the cabin is a direct reflection of their kindness and generosity. Thank you! Niall G. Feb 2012

Just a quick email to let you know that I returned from Danaloka feeling refreshed and more focussed. It was greta to spend time alone in such a calm and peaceful environment, just being and not doing. My thanks to you and everyone else who has made this wonderful place possible. Steven L from Woolwich - Feb 2012

A very cosy, homely and well-equipped cabin in beautiful woods, I found Danaloka a very comforting and calming place to be, as I think anyone would. And the deer are magic! I'll be back as soon as I can. Jenny M. N. London October 2011

I spent 3 weeks of solitary retreat at Danaloka last year (almost to the day one year ago actually). I can heartily recommend the place for this purpose especially for those who don't want to spend their time travelling to the other side of the world to be able to be alone. Danaloka is right here and it has all the quaities a place needs to provide a meaningful solitary retreat. Timea

just a note to say we really enjoyed our stay last weekend. The cabin is a hidden treasure. Thank you and all involved now and in the past in making it what is is today. We may be back sometime! Stuart and Sue 03/2013

"I enjoyed my few days at Danaloka, it's great, a big surprise to find something like this so close to London. It gave me some good perspectives, and it was nice to think about all the people who have found some peace there."  Alistair B. from London - 31/1/12

 

I arrived at Danaloka a bit frazzled, tired and in need of consolidating and integrating what was a busy and special year in a number of ways. I left energised, rested and keen to throw myself into 2012. Danaloka is a wonderful place to spend time with yourself: meditating, doing puja and - something I did a lot of there - doing nothing. This has become an increasingly important part of my practice and is something that I would recommend more people take up - doing nothing. In 'normal' life I might manage 30 minutes a day of this but on solitary at Danaloka I spent many a contented hour actively doing nothing: not reading, not studying, not meditating, not walking but truly enjoying the solitude and the opportunity to slow and quieten my mind to notice what was really going on. Those old enemies the hindrances visited on a few occasions but the atmosphere in Danaloka really helped me to see how empty and insubstantial the hindrances are if we can truly understand them. Being an Amitabha practitioner I had some wonderful Amitabha pujas in front of the lovely shrine too! - I also enjoyed my daily walks and encounters with the deer, wild boar, woodpecker, owls, robins, jays, other birds and myself... With much gratitude and Metta, Amaraghosha

A place to go back to nature, but also to yourself. A wonderful experience, relaxing and re-energising. I would highly recommend Danaloka. I made the most of my time there, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did...until the very last minute! Lia. Paris

 

 

Danaloka... a place of generosity and kindness, for me the place full of miracles and abundance of wildlife! It’s been a great blessing for me to stay in this wonderful peaceful place for 2 weeks during festive season in 2010/2011. My plan was very simple. I was seeking solitude and silence even though I have never been on my own during this particular time of the year,... ever.

At first I have been a bit apprehensive but when I landed in Danaloka I felt immediately at ease with this part of the world! Each moment spent there was not without its beauty. I have soon realised that my solitude and silence won’t go exactly according to plan as every day I was visited by some animal friends! On the second day of my arrival I have been visited by the great family of deer ( only 30 of them!); robins and magpies were ever so curious of what is going on inside the cabin while I was drawing; squirrels were also making regular visits together with few rabbits and mount jack deer while I was pottering around the garden or walking through the woods. I felt really safe, calm and protected. This place is everything I could ever dream about and changed something in me forever. It allowed for my daily silence, meditation, Chi Kung and creative activities to happen without business of the outside world so I could ground myself with my daily spiritual practice.

I am very grateful to Peter and Srivati for their kindness and support throughout my stay in Danaloka. I am very empowered by meeting people who are “the change you want to see in this world”. I am also grateful for all the people who ever stayed in Danaloka as their contributed to a special spirit of this place. I left Danaloka really empowered, refreshed and humbled to what universe provides for us each day. 19th Jan 2011 Namaste, Olenka. London"

I spent one month at Danaloka on solitary retreat; it was the most worthwhile, healing, profound and challenging thing Ive ever done! I felt completely held and safe there. The animals around the cabin became my companions, the little robin, the noisy crows, baby rabbits and squirrels. My little friend Squirrely was always running around on some crazy mission and often reminded me to laugh after a particularly intense meditation, sitting on Buddhas head under the tree munching a mushroom!
I saw deer most days and was quiet enough to have a few close encounters with those gentle graceful creatures. I feel they cast an air of magic about the forest. I found a beautiful field of long grass and wild flowers to watch sunsets, had fires outside some evenings listening to the sounds of the woods, lovely naps on the (very comfy) sofa, deep rest, joyful song and simple living which by no means diminishes. I felt truly connected to myself and nature in a way we often dont in our busy complicated lives!
I feel very grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity and that there are people providing and caring for a place where we can go and reconnect with whats truly beautiful. Blessings. Emily Pearce. South Downs

I stayed at Danaloka just after Easter week - a time of nature bursting forth: buds opening, birds relentlessly feeding their young, rabbits and squirrels skittering across the forest floor - and oh the deer! Nibbling the new growth, lifting their heads to stare stilly, bounding away . Managed to scare myself one evening, finding myself lost amongst the trees with darkness falling. I ran at a fair lick along paths heart jittering, startling groups of deer, before finding my way home (hint: if, like me, you have a poor sense of direction be mindful of the time - or at least carry a torch!). Most days as I walked I found myself unexpectedly singing the Amitabha mantra, an expression of the peace and harmony I experienced.

With many thanks to Peter for his support, and to all who have helped make this place of retreat. Susan D, Sheffield

 

I stayed at Danaloka just after Easter week - a time of nature bursting forth: buds opening, birds relentlessly feeding their young, rabbits and squirrels skittering across the forest floor - and oh the deer! Nibbling the new growth, lifting their heads to stare stilly, bounding away . . . Managed to scare myself one evening, finding myself lost amongst the trees with darkness falling. I ran at a fair lick along paths heart jittering, startling groups of deer, before finding my way home (hint: if, like me, you have a poor sense of direction be mindful of the time - or at least carry a torch!). Most days as I walked I found myself unexpectedly singing the Amitabha mantra, an expression of the peace and harmony I experienced. With many thanks to Peter for his support, and to all who have helped make this place of retreat. Susan Dahlin, Sheffield

At the end of the road is a dirt track. At the very end of the dirt track when you can travel no further: that is Danaloka. To say it is about living simply is a necessary fact and is in no way a criticism. On the contrary, this cabin shows evidence in every way that for both the owners and everyone who stays there that this is a special kind of haven which is maintained with care and attention and every thought given to whoever may be the next occupant. 

Some of my highlights included, standing in the garden with a morning cup of tea and listening to the relentless call of the cuckoo; watching rabbits race across the garden; as night fell seeing 6-8 fallow deer quietly grazing as they passed by the garden gate at the edge of the woods; walking in the ancient woods where I stared at a deer who stared back at me.

 Above all I have valued my stay at Danaloka as it is pervaded by a sense of tranquillity and where there is every encouragement and no obstructions to meditate, sit, read, walk and to enjoy a sense of illumination and mindfulness.

I look forward to returning. David M - , Hornchurch

 

Guest Comment but by Peter:
Yesterday the weather was fantastic and there were about 20 deer grazing as we approached the upper green, 500 yards from the cabin. We have resuscitated the old red Land Rover Discovery, as the track can get very muddy in winter. Because it is now without all of its seats it will hitherto be known and the VANdrover! There are deer sightings daily now, from the cabin itself. Wonderful.

"Danaloka is a great place to do a solitary retreat. Considering how close it is to London it is very secluded. There are a couple of other houses around but you are not likely to have any contact with the locals. I hardly saw a soul the week I was there. The cabin is pretty luxurious, the back garden is beautiful and the woods are right there. The people running Danaloka are doing a wonderful job and really love this place. From my point of view the only negative thing there (apart from the presence of my own mind) was the toilet which is not attached to the mains. I understand that there isn't enough money to get a proper toilet in at the moment (this is a not-for-profit situation) and using the toilet isn't the problem (it's really fine) but burying the contents at the end of the week, even though the process is fairly sanitized, was a bit of a pain. If you're up for that little bit of hassle then go for it!  With gratitude, Ben"

Delightful place - stayed for a week but would have been more than happy to stay for a few. With the deer gaily trotting about just beyond the stream during the day and the logburner smouldering in the evening, I took the opportunity to relax and catch up on both my spiritual and academic studies. Thoroughly recommended. Sean S. from Surrey. 6/9/10

At the end of the road is a dirt track.  At the very end of the dirt track when you can travel no further: that is Danaloka. To say it is about living simply is a necessary fact and is in no way a criticism.  On the contrary, this cabin shows evidence in every way that for both the owners and everyone who stays there that this is a special kind of haven which is maintained with care and attention and every thought given to whoever may be the next occupant.  Some of my highlights included, standing in the garden with a morning cup of tea and listening to the relentless call of the cuckoo; watching rabbits race across the garden; as night fell seeing 6-8 fallow deer quietly grazing as they passed by the garden gate at the edge of the woods;  walking in the ancient woods where I stared at a deer who stared back at me.  Above all I have valued my stay at Danaloka as it is pervaded by a sense of tranquillity and where there is every encouragement and no obstructions to meditate, sit, read, walk and to enjoy a sense of illumination and mindfulness. I look forward to returning.  David M - May 2010

' I had a great retreat and really loved Danaloka. What a magical place! Feeling sad to not be there still.' Subhamayi - April 2010.

'Gazing out of the big picture windows at a herd of deer in the green woodland and listening to the orchestral chirping of the birds is an aspect unique to the magic of Danaloka and something I have not experienced at any other solitary' Andrew Burton + Jeanette - 03/10

I found Danaloka ideal for a solitary retreat. Very quiet. I was amazed how secluded it felt considering how nearby to London, other houses and buildings. You quickly forget all that and are drawn into the very peaceful and beautiful view from the cabin of the little river and the woods and the magic of catching glimpses of different types of deer through the trees.  I very quickly connected to my meditation practice. It was just what I needed. I found the cabin well-equipped too and the sitting room cosy for winter. Also, thanks for providing the Wellies!   Amarapuspa. Feb 2010

My Buddhafield training came in handy! Sorry , I missed the bit about the paraffin heater..worth letting the next person know (that it goes under the water tank tap to stop it freezing! Ed). Trees were beautiful with the snow. Yes, saw a lot of deer: Roe and Munjack, they seem to like it near the cabin, especially when it snowed. Some interesting bird life too, I wish I’d brought a bird book.(We have one now - Peter 04/10) Enjoyed the wood burning stove, and the daily process of going into the woods, finding cut timber and sawing it up in front of the Buddha tree. Sorry didn’t have a camera with me. Andy. Dec/Jan 2010

The retreat at the cottage was lovely for many reasons, some of which are the chance to have some space to myself and to re-visit the art of using a felling axe. I only got into the swing of things (on all levels and energies) on the last few days and could have happily enjoyed another week or more there. Deer were spotted most days, which was rather nice in the snow. The lack of water due to the freezing up of the tap was solved through breaking the ice of the blue water-butt  and decanting it from there. I'll remember to take more drinking water with me next time ....the trip brought back memories for me from long ago. Everything was clean, and tidy and thats how I left it when I left it. Thank you again for your help, I know where to come when I need some time alone. Jonathan. Dec 2009

Our stay there was incredibly peaceful and pleasant – amazing what a few days away from all the hustle and bustle will do for you!I Took a few photos of the garden, unfortunately we didn’t manage to take any of the deer. With metta, Raphael 28/11/09

I had a wonderful time at the cabin - i even went for a swim in the stream.! 
It was great to be there whether it was sunshine or rain, walking in the forest or sitting by the fire at night; lying outside on warm days watching the birds and butterflies, the deer and the horses or simply listening to the sounds in the woods. I meditated most days and read some of the interesting books on buddhism. The week alone gave me time to recharge my spiritual batteries and i felt connected to the world around me when I left. The great thing about being alone for me was the realisation that I can live in the present without constantly thinking about what to do next or how to fill my time. Instead I was able to just be.

Very grateful for the opportunity. And yes, I did cycle there. It was really easy and such a nice way to travel. All the best for christmas and the new decade ahead. Dan - October 09

My stays at Danaloka have given me so much. Spending periods of introspection, meditation and reflection on what is important to me, not only does it leave me with space for self friendship but a renewed and deeper receptivity to share the trials and tribulations of friends, family and strangers. Danaloka is an ideal place for poets, writers or people who just enjoy nature, beauty and the often overlooked virtue of simplicity.

Danaloka offers so much to marvel at, I have found it to be the best refuge from the busy, confused and often scary world which we inhabit, a great medicine to face or even embrace our troubles when we leave. There is never a dull moment at Danaloka.

With humble gratitude from Matt. October 2009

From the stars in the black velvet night, to the early, dewy mist before the sun gets bright, I loved my stay so very much. - Such a pretty, mysterious and meandering place, I gained more time as I cut my pace. What an enchanting weekend I had. SM 28/9/9

It was everything I thought it would be and more, and was the perfect retreat for me to get back into my meditation practice. Having arrived back home, I've set up a small shrine as a reminder that I want to keep up my practice. I was sad to leave the place, but if meditation has taught me anything, it's that everything comes and goes and it does us no good to cling to things. Still, Danaloka will be fondly remembered. Thank you once more and perhaps our paths will cross again. Sep 2009

Absolutely wonderful, everything was perfect! Just finished chores and time for a final contemplation and cuppa before heading home.Tony, Sep 2009

I couldn't believe it... as we arrived there were deer grazing on the green at the edge of the woods. It was as if someone had phoned ahead and just so surreal being so close to London.

Absolutely stunning setting. Breathtaking. Aug 2009

It rained on my face and there was a small deer, right there. We stood and looked at each other. I cried and the deer tilted it's head as if it understood. Mitra @ LBC

'Absolutely stunning and within hours I forgot I was even in England let alone near London. I will book again as soon as I get back'. J. Schoolteacher from Kent

"I love the feeling of seclusion here: being able to watch the forest and its graceful movements from bed, whilst waking with a cup of tea, or whilst reclining on the sofa with a book of poetry! On the first morning I saw a whole family of deer pass through the forest; the garden too is intimate with squirrels, birds and rabbits. I managed to get on with writing, which is what I came to do. I will definitely be back! - Padmacandra"

I slept until 11am - first time in 20 years

Andy S at the LBC: The cabin is so comfortable and well resourced with everything you'd ever need or want that it felt more like stayingh in somebody's own home! At the same time though, the surroundings are so private, peaceful and beautiful that it feels like a magical place.

Padmacandra - 10 day solitary. It is like Piccadilly circus here what with deer, jays, wrens, missell thrushes, and foxes all encroaching on my natural habitat. On one occasion there was a squirrel, two rabbits and a pigeon all busying themselves on the lawn at once. The pigeon looked particularly pleased with itself. Nevertheless I have had a delightful and productive time, with lots of meditation. I recommend bringing a copy of Ryokans poems if you come. I particularly thought of him today as I wheeled a barrow load of leaves over the little wooden bridge to return them to the forest. I loved the wood burning stove, although I began having more sympathy for Bhante's friend who viewed the tree with him. Eating pierced potatoes wrapped in foil and thrown into the back of the stove one evening was a treat. I enjoyed the awareness opportunities of simple tasks about the place such as chopping wood, fetching water, raking leaves. Thank you to Peter, Srivati and the Parnham family for their generosity. I hope the creatures of the forest will allow me to visit them again, and that the merit gained by my practice in the cabin will go back into the world to bring benefit to beings. May all who visit here be blessed!

I just wanted to drop you a line to say that I had a lovely stay at the cabin, beautifully peaceful, just what I needed… it really is a beautiful place to retreat. I so enjoyed the tranquillity and my walks through the woods, not to mention the simple pleasures of sawing wood and building a fire in the evenings. Thank you for sharing this lovely piece of paradise. I enjoyed my time there so much, I don't doubt I shall be back again at some point in the future :) Claire B.

Danaloka is really a magical little place and so accessible from London. The autumn colours in the garden were fantastic as well. I had a great little break, so thanks once again. Andy G

Roland and family: Most of friends know about our second visit to Danaloka and how much we enjoyed it. I still can't believe that there is a place like that actually inside the M25 and so near to home. Danaloka has this kind of charm about it that makes it so easy to forget everything on the outside world. While we were there, we never missed anything on the outside of that forest. Now we are on the "outside" we miss Danaloka. Thanks for making it happen. I'm sure we will be back soon.

Prasannavira: 'Refreshing and recuperating to spend valuable time alone amidst a gentle green world meeting deer, foxes, jays and white-bobbed rabbits – to leave London with its toil for ease, and to return in the blink of any eye was an unexpected treat – 9 days very well spent but not long enough!

John B - I have been 3 times. The cabin is very warm and comfortable and feels secluded, with quick and easy access by car from London. It was also great to be next door to a large area of ancient woodland, ideal for a little friendly 'deer stalking'!
Teresa del Soldato Wild Cherry 1 week solitary. So near and yet so far! I felt the place was mine, and yet it belongs to all of us. Danaloka is a place full of surprises. I loved the bare simplicity of Danaloka, and my time there was full of enjoyable basic tasks that kept me in contact with the elements. Fetching water, chopping wood (it's great, honestly), making fire, watching animals around, sitting by the big tree in the garden, listening to the birds. So simple, and so relaxing.


Srivati -Wonderful solitary retreat.
Peter, Dushan, Tanya, Renata Weekend Psychodrama group. Absolutely fantastic. Saw lots of deer and even 2 wild hogs! It was cosy and really peaceful.
Clare Barton-Harvey 1 week solitary. Lovely place indeed and a very inspiring project. Lovely woods and very pretty inside the cabin too. Convenient and great support for practice. Thank you, I am booking a week solitary within a couple of months!
Vajrapriya 2 week solitary - Really enjoyed it.
Dhammadassin I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Danaloka - the place is a boon for anyone looking for a homely, well-cared for place to stay, within magically easy reach of East London. I especially loved the garden, with its birds and wildlife. Its imperceptible merging into the woodland beyond makes it feel so spacious, not just like a garden, but a whole realm!
Vanaraji, Sandra Dias, Guy Redmond, Penny Graham
Nicki Kemp 180604. After a weekend of solitude at Danaloka I feel wonderfully refreshed, positive and well. Danaloka's values, along with the space and freedom I found there, have left me feeling deeply touched. It is an enchanting and very special place
Rudy Kennard Colchester BC. 1 weeks Solitary. Fantastic location and beautiful woodland. Mindful walks and a tranquil setting. Very restful, energy restoring week!
NLBC chapter Absolutely superb and so easy to get to, makes all the difference.
Dusan + Group psychotherapy Fantastic! Peace, wildlife, cosy and comfortable. I felt as if we were away for weeks and would certainly recommend it to my friends.
Sadhita 1 wk. Solitary. I enjoyed my stay in the rustic woodland of Danaloka. I particularly appreciated the well fitted out kitchen and the lovely garden. Many thanks.
Clare Owen. Evolution E2 6 days Solitary. "I felt at home straight away thanks to Peter's friendly door to door service and what a comfortable cabin - very well equipped kitchen and fantastic sofa!! I didn't want for anything. It was so nice to be in such an old woodland and in such easy reach of London....... The interaction with the wild life (deer, foxes, birds...) was great"
M ark Singleton -Cambridge BC,
Subhadramati (Dublin BC) & Julia Lewis LBC Absolutely marvelous! A delightful place and sooooooo near London. Crawling with wildlife! (S)
Really lovely and so near to London. (JL)
Will Leifer (Friends Organic) 2 wks solitary. Will definitely come again. Had lovely retreat, beautiful walks in the woods and well equipped cabin. Great !
Srivati Solitary, Anastra
Evolution E2 Wk solitary. There is something so lovely, so calming, knowing that no person will intrude in one's spaciousness. Danaloka is a perfect place for this kind of experience and extending one's practice whilst surrounded by a haven for wildlife. Simply Fantastic! Can I book for January please?
Subha (Saw deer and wild boar!) "Just what I needed for a long weekend solitary break out of London. I particularly enjoyed sitting by the window with the sun streaming in looking out on the autumn woodland."
Vishvapani 10 day solitary - " Just Excellent" note to follow
Sucimanasa + + Padumachitta. Absolutely lovely. Cosy and beautiful surroundings.
Emma Styles Lovely, lovely place, so close to home - beautiful light, birdsong, rabbit tracks in the snow and a little deer in the garden this morning! All that and very warm in the cold of weather.
Robert Diamond w/e solitary. Colchester/LBC
Graham Patterson, LBC - Solitary I had a good week here. Particularly loved the way the garden becomes the forest via the little bridge. Very magical. And so close to London! I would definitely like to return. I also really appreciate the way the project has been set up. Thank you
Amaracandra Cambridge Evo - 2 weeks Solitary
Julia Lewis Pre Ordination retreat. Absolutely fantastic… just exactly what I needed and I really appreciate Danaloka.
Aaron 2wks: I really enjoyed Danaloka, and want to thoroughly rejoice in the generosity that is obvious there and so contributes to a wonderful atmosphere- and what a magical bit of woodland. I loved it.

These past couple of years have had excellent feedback and no negative report has been left out.

 
   

 

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