Forest Work & Gardening

Garden Days

People who would like to help with gardening and tidying the monastery grounds feel welcome to join us ANY Sunday afternoon. Meet at the workshop 1.30 pm

Cittaviveka Women’s Forest Work Weekend

April 30th – May 4th


An opportunity for a weekend of conservation and maintenance work for the female lay community of Chithurst Buddhist Monastery. The work will help to support a woodland which brings benefit to so many people and wild creatures.

Work will include general woodland and heathland management, pond restoration and pathway repairs. Some activities can be physical, but most can be carried out by those of average fitness. Sturdy boots and work clothes are essential.

Click here to view, download or print the daily routine


The event will be led by Alison Pitts, a retired ranger for the South Downs National Park and member of the Chithurst Forest Committee for many years, leading numerous events in the monastery woodland during this time.


Accommodation will be mostly camping, with a limited number of rooms also available in the guest house. Campers will need to bring their own camping equipment.


Volunteers who would like to join just during daytime on one or more days are welcome by prior arrangement.

For further information and to book your place please complete the Women's Forest Work Booking Form.

Bookings will be confirmed in early April.

Cittaviveka Forest Manager: Chris Matthews –

Forest Work 2020

The woodland of Cittaviveka provides benefit for both the monastic and lay community, as well as many wild creatures. There are many ways in which contributions and support can be made to this wildlife conservation project and place of quiet contemplation and reflection.


Forest work events in the monastery's annual calendar include:

  • Monthly forest work afternoons between April and December

  • A summer forest work week

  • A spring time woman's forest work event

  • A winter time men's work event


Information about these events will be announced nearer the time on the monastery announcements page.

For further information about volunteering or supporting the monastery woodland, please feel welcome to contact our Forest Manager Chris Matthews at: forest(AT)