Triratna International Gathering

August 2017

Travel & Other Information

Arriving and Leaving

Feel free to arrive from midday on Thursday 24th August, especially if you are camping. There will be tea and food available from early evening.

The event ends with a final ritual by 12 pm on Monday 28th August.

Translations and visitors from overseas

We will provide translation facilities for those who don’t speak English as a first language. Please contact your local centre for details.

We can also offer first priority for dormitory accommodation to those who’ve travelled from abroad — please book where possible with your local Triratna centre and send your booking to arrive with us before 17 July.

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Children

Children are welcome on the retreat. However, your children remain your responsibility throughout the event. There will be a designated tent for children with toys, books, etc. with helpers for set times of the day to look after your children and offering a range of activities. Please get in touch with the organisers for more details.

In the evenings there will be storytelling and ritual suitable for both children and adults.

There will be no charge for under-3s and 3––16 year olds can attend for £80. Please let us know the age of children when you book.

Travel

The retreat venue is:
Adhisthana, Coddington Court, Coddington, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1JL

Adhisthana is on the edge of Coddington village, about five miles north of Ledbury. Coddington is a tiny village, and we’d like to inconvenience our neighbours as little as possible by keeping road traffic to a minimum. Traveling by rail to nearby Colwall or Ledbury is fairly easy. If you need to travel by road, then please consider car-sharing.

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By plane

The nearest international airports are Birmingham, followed by Bristol. Trains take about 1 hour 30 minutes from Birmingham International airport to Colwall, and about 3 hours from Bristol airport to Colwall.

By Train

There are frequent trains from Birmingham and Hereford to Colwall or Ledbury (both about 5 miles from Adhisthana), and a few direct trains from London to Ledbury. You can plan your train journey and buy tickets at National Rail Enquiries.

We will also provide a shuttle service to and from the train station and retreat. This will leave Colwall station at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm on Thursday 24 August. Please state if you are travelling by train when you book, as this will help us plan the shuttle service.

By Taxi

You need to book a taxi by phone to meet you from Ledbury or Colwall stations as there are no taxi ranks. Ask to be taken to Coddington Court (the taxi driver may know it as Coddington Court School). The fare will be approximately £12.

Companies used by Adhisthana:

  • Colwall Cabbie, 01684 540717/07836 339019
  • G and T Taxis, 07922 126136/01531 636644
  • Ledbury Taxi Service, 01531 633596/07836 777196
  • Venture Taxis, 01531 633822/07889 299283 (People Carriers available for 7 and 8, for £35 from Colwall and £25 from Ledbury)
  • Philippe, 07903112849 (Philippe also has a people carrier for which he charges £20-25)

There are more taxis at Great Malvern but the journey will cost more.

By Car

Here are some detailed driving instructions from the Adhisthana website.

Lift Sharing

We have our very own page on the Freewheelers website, where you can offer or request lifts to and from the retreat. If you can offer lifts it will really help!

Parking Facilities

There will be parking facilities, but please also think about sharing cars with others from your centre, or, better still, arranging a coach or minibus form your centre, as this is better for the environment.

Please note that for safety reasons you will not be able to drive your car around the site.

Tourist Information

If you’d like to book your own off-site accommodation for the retreat, please contact the local tourist information office at Ledbury Tourist Information Centre +44 (0)844 567 8650, www.visitledbury.co.uk

You can also search for local accommodation on the official UK tourist board website.

Food

The food for the weekend will be simple, nutritious, vegan and largely organic. A very simple alternative will be provided for those with special dietary needs (a grain plus steamed vegetables). If you have other requirements please bring your own provisions.

Contacts

You can contact the organising team via our email form. Please do not contact Adhisthana or Buddhafield about the 2017 International Gathering.