Welcome to The Hermitage


Please note that due to Coronavirus safety precautions the Hermitage currently requires all visitors to book in advance with the Hermitage office. Please get in touch by emailing us.

The Hermitage will be completely closed for the whole of January 2022 for solitary retreat.

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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