Welcome to The Hermitage


This is our current policy on the covid 19 virus . Do get in touch if you are unsure about visiting.

We’re following the World Health Organizations lead and (for the benefit of all, especially Lama Shenpen) changing our policy for visitors in light of all the colds and flu that have been going round and also (of course) inlight of Government advice on minimizing the chances of catching Coronavirus. So if anyone’s had cold or flu symptoms we ask them not to visit The Hermitage until they are free of all symptoms. Plus not to visit until a fortnight after they’ve been back from any of the countries considered to be high risk (see this web page https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-travellers/)    


Welcome to The Hermitage of The Awakened Heart, a Tibetan Buddhist retreat centre located near Criccieth, between Porthmadog and Bangor in Gwynedd, North Wales. The Hermitage, in sight of the picturesque hills of Snowdonia, is the hub of practice for the Awakened Heart Sangha and is the residence of Lama Shenpen Hookham, where she spends most of her time in retreat and working with students of her Living the Awakened Heart Training – a unique, experiential home study course in Meditation and Buddhism.

Find out more about us from the links above; our events and courses; meditation sessions, read our latest blog posts on the News page; find out how to join in with our activities and how to contact and visit us!

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