Important Announcement

In light of the current events, the Management team, in consultation with Lama Shenpen and the Hermitage team have made some decisions that will affect many sangha members.

We are closing the Hermitage doors to all visitors for the foreseeable future. This means that some events are going to be online only, others cancelled or postponed.

We have decided that the best way for us to care for Lama Shenpen and the team that support her, is for Lama Shenpen and Tara to go into a retreat mode starting next week. We are still working out the practicalities but essentially the idea is to isolate them from the other workers and volunteers at the Hermitage. We have a plan in place to mitigate unnecessary risk for the next three months, while infection rates for the COVID-19 are still rising or any other change that makes us reassess our position.

We feel that for the time being it is safest to join together as an online Sangha only.

We hope to meet our shared need for meeting, practicing, learning and sharing time through creative online participation.  Please check the events page for details.

We will evaluate the situation in line with Government advice, but we hope you all understand the need for caution and decisive action right now.

All meetings and retreats – online participation only.

Please see for more information
Check this website – for updates

For the sake of those living at the Hermitage, please do not come in person at all until we have reevaluated the situation in a few weeks and make further announcements.

Warm wishes,

The Hermitage Team

2 thoughts on “Important Announcement

  1. Dear lama I am interested in visiting ure temple. I am 39 male from Ireland. My practise is the kagyu ngondro. I will be in Wales in 2 weeks time and would like to volunteer. I am also visiting lam rim and kunselling. I would like to dedicate my whole life to the dharma. But do not want to be a monk. I look forward to your reply, yours in the dharma, James lodro Tracey.


    1. Hi James, thanks for your interest but as you will see from the post you have commented on, the Hermitage is completely closed to all visitors for the foreseeable future. Lama Shenpen is in isolation as are other residents and it’s is incredibly important that they do not have visitors during the pandemic as there are residents who are in a high risk category. You may also need to check the latest advice from the Welsh Government as the last advice was for people not to travel into Wales from elsewhere, and you risk breaking the law by travelling!
      Sorry for any disappointment but hope you understand we are keeping Hermitage residents and Lama Shenpen safe from the virus.


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