Arcoora is developing a unique sanctuary to host groups and individuals devoted to earth-arts and social change.
Who is it for?
Our offering is ideally suited to, though not limited to, groups and individuals working on:
Mentoring and youth work
Community and Village-mindedness
Social change and arts activism
Regenerative land management
Permaculture, biodynamic, syntropic agriculture
Cultural rites of passage and celebrations
The existing infrastructure has been inherited from our Buddhist predecessors, originally developed by Siddhartha’s Intent Australia. The rustic buildings include the ‘Gonpa’ (temple), a large commercial kitchen and dining hall, dormitory accommodation for up to 40 people, several small cabins and a comfortable and modern retreat accommodation suitable for teachers and facilitators. The campground includes basic toilets and showers and can accomodate 40 campsites.
- Hall and Temple Space -
Floating amongst the tall eucalypts on the edge of the rainforest, ‘The Gonpa’, formerly the Vajradhara Gonpa, was built for the purpose of meditation and teachings in the Vajradhara lineage of Buddhism. Translating as ‘temple’ or ‘shrine’, the architecture of this 10 x 20m hall invites the forest in for liminal experiences of nature and the sacred. Some say that the hundreds of thousands of hours of meditation that has occurred here is tangible, and we have been told by a local Githabul custodian that the land here has always been a ‘spiritual university – a place of wisdom and learning’. The Gonpa is a widely revered temple of historical significance and is dearly treasured.
10 x 20m hall with timber floor boards
Glass windows and fully opening double doors on three sides (east, north and south)
Small kitchenette and storage room
Small Library with many books on topics ranging from ecological to esoteric
Two small rooms can be used as offices, massage rooms, small meeting rooms etc
West facing wall is clear for projection, decoration or other forms of presentation
Cushions, chairs and trestle tables available
Shelves for bags, water bottles etc
Projector, LED TV and sound system available for hire
Nearby amenities block with 2 composting toilets and shower
- Kitchen and Dining -
Heart and Home - the fire is in the belly and the belly is fed here, in our warm and friendly kitchen and dining building. Large custom-made timber dining tables bring everyone together to share mindful meals, prepared by a caterer of your choosing, or we can refer you to some of our favourite kitchen witches who specialise in wholesome meals made with locally sourced and seasonal produce.
Fully equipped commercial kitchen
Walk-in Cool room and large chest freezer
6 gas stoves and large oven
Stainless steel preparation and serving benches
3 deep sinks and one hand washing basin
2 outdoor sinks for guest dish-washing
Dining and Common Area:
5 large wooden tables seating up to 60 people
Couches and bean bags
Deck with outdoor seating and daybed
Outdoor fire area with 4 benches and cut log seats
Outdoor BBQ with gas burner
Large gas urn
- Dorms and Bathroom Block -
The dormitory rooms have high ceilings, natural ventilation and sky lights for solar passive design. The 14 rooms provide accommodation for up to 26 guests and will be opened up for up to 36 and a possible 48 guests next season. The large verandah provides shelter in all weather and a place to hang laundry and rest your muddy boots.
4 x 4 bed dormitory rooms
2 x 3 bed dormitory rooms
2 x private rooms with queen bed
1 x private room with single bed
Wool quilt, mattress protectors and pillows provided
Sheets, quilt covers, pillow cases and towels are available for hire
Bed map available on request
1 x standard flush toilet
1 x wheelchair accessible flush toilet
3 x standard showers
1 x wheelchair accessible shower
2 x bathroom basins with mirrors
THE TOP HOUSE
- Facilitator Accomodation -
… overlooks the retreat grounds and Gonpa. This spacious and modern house faces west towards spectacular sunsets. Originally built for Dgonzar Kentzye Rinpoche, the former patron and honorary teacher of the Vajradhara Gonpa, today this comfortable and lofty abode is offered as a teacher’s quarters during retreats and can be hired out as a private retreat for writers, artists, spiritual practitioners, and other purposes that align with Arcoora’s vision. The living area and kitchen space is also suitable for small gatherings and meetings for groups of up to 8 people.
One bedroom house with a queen bed
Studio Kitchen, dining and lounge
Bathroom with shower, bath and composting toilet
Full equiped kitchen with gas stove, fridge, sink
Spring water throughout
Single day bed (with option for additional single bed) in lounge
Spacious front deck with outdoor table and chairs
High speed internet access
CLOSE TO NATURE
- Campground Accommodation -
Here is a light-filled clearing in the forest, where the passage of your days will dance with the sun and celestial bodies above. Surrounded by rainforest gullies and framed by our mountain peak home, our camping ground feels like a field at the edge of civilisation, and the edge of the wild.
Approved for up to 40 campsites
Amenities block with 2 showers and 3 drop toilets
Bush access for outdoor activities
- Cabin Accommodation -
The Bodhi Hut was built to accommodate visiting Llamas’ and Buddhist teachers hosting meditation retreats. It is a quaint little hut, small in size but large in character. It is located adjacent to the Gonpa and near to the kitchen, making it a great retreat or sleeping quarters for facilitators or kitchen staff.
1 bedroom with two single beds
Mini bathroom with shower and toilet
Kitchette with a kettle
Cosy sitting area that can host another single bed
Our care takers cottage is currently occupied and reserved for volunteers and staff. It is located in close proximity to the Gonpa and kitchen. This space may be hired in the future as a teacher’s quarters, a meeting space or may be suitable as a therapeutic clinic.
Bathroom with bath/shower, toilet and sink
Small private room
Medium size room
The kutis are our cuties. Tiny one bedroom cabins with a verandah, this kuti looks west across the dam and towards the sunset. This Kuti receives plenty of natural light and will be an immersive experience of camping in nature, only with solid walls.
The Forest Kuti is located close to the GEDI Village and on the northern boundary of the retreat grounds, facing north towards the forest. Similar to the Lake Kuti but with a more introverted ambience, this Kuti is in a shady position and has a fantastic view of the mountain peak behind.
The Octagon offers a private space for writing, meditation, art and reprieve. A humble, self-contained accommodation for one or two people, this cabin is currently being renovated and will be available in 2020.
The Mudbrick Apothecary
Currently in disrepair, we hope to restore this special half-moon mud-brick house to its potential glory. We envision a planty-apocathary where humans and plants weave forest magic for well-being of all beings.
GEDI village is made up of 2 small cabins with seasonal bell tent camping . This zone caters for the GEDI program participants and away from the main retreat grounds. GEDIs eat here, sleep here, hold circle space by the campfire and rest and play here.
Tucked away on the edge of the rainforest gully is a small two-bedroom cabin currently occupied by our GEDI program facilitator and team members.
The Three Sisters Cabin
The Three Sisters Cabin is currently occupied by our long-standing caretaker, bee-keeper, alternative technologies enthusiast and elder. You will see his tools and gardens sprawling out from his tiny home. The Three Sisters cabin faces North towards our most arable land, planned as our market garden to grow food for the kitchen. Hence the name ‘Three Sisters’