Practical Considerations

Accommodation at Chithurst is simple, and often in shared rooms. Men and women are accommodated in separate dwellings and there is no shared living space for couples. Women stay in the nuns’ residence and will need to take a ten-minute walk up a lane to arrive at the main House, where the meal is offered and the weekend teachings are given.


Things to bring with you

  • Clothing and footwear suitable for chilly and damp weather, for working and meditation

  • Slippers or thick socks for indoors; slip-on shoes, wellingtons, or work boots for outdoors (no outdoor footwear is worn inside)

  • Please bring your own sleeping bag and a bed sheet or at least your own linen: a sleeping bag sheet, a pillowcase and a towel. If you have to borrow any bedding please ask the Guest Monk

  • Toiletries, a torch (especially in dark winter months) and an alarm clock


Electrical Appliances

Please note that due to current Health and Safety regulations, every electrical appliance - i.e. anything which needs to be plugged into a wall socket in the monastery, must first be checked and approved by a qualified electrician. This means that visitors can no longer bring items such as mobile phones, laptops, ipods, etc. from home to plug in and use while staying here. We regret any inconvenience caused.

Guests are requested to let the Guest Monk or Nun know when they are leaving and to clean their living quarters.

Lost Property

Please contact us if you think you might have left something at the monastery. It is our policy to keep lost property in store for a maximum of One month, after which we are likely to recycle accumulated items