Amaravati Monastery first had families camping on the grounds the summer it opened in 1984. Over time, these initially spontaneous gatherings grew into regular events attended by children and their parents, with the August Family Camp at their centre.
There are now five events held at the monastery every year for families and young people. The retreats are led by the sangha and use the facilities provided by the retreat centre, with parents helping to run the events.
What is offered is deeply rooted in the Buddhist teachings. A single theme is used throughout the year in order to create depth of learning. There is a strong emphasis on play, space to be and living with each other. Together, we create a contemplative space to practice mindfulness and sharing, exploring what it means to be a human being, living together as families and community using the five precepts as a foundation.
The Amaravati Family Events website provides information about family events held at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the UK and Buddhist resources for family, teenagers and friends. The website is managed by the lay supporters who attend family events. It contains personal reflections about the family events and does not necessarily represent the opinion of the Amaravati Sangha.