Kench Hill, Kent | 29 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022

All are welcome to our winter retreat. Jointly organised by Wake Up London and members of Heart of London Sangha.

Please follow our link here to the booking form.

Also an overview of information below:

Venue and Travel

Kench Hill Centre is in the Kent countryside near Tenterden. The venue includes cosy lounges for break out groups, an adjacent hall for meditation and spacious gardens with a firepit for bonfires, a playground and ponds. From London it is 90 minutes by car, or one hour by train to Headcorn. There will be a minibus to pick you up from Headcorn station.

Address: Kench Hill Centre, Kent TN30 7DG

Arrival and Departure

We invite retreatants to arrive between 3pm and 6pm on Wednesday 29 December, with dinner served from 6pm.

The retreat closes on Saturday 1st January. If you wish to depart later, you are free to stay until after breakfast on Sunday 2nd January.


The majority of the rooms are dormitories with bunk beds. There are a limited number of smaller rooms available too – please ask about these if you need this.


All food will be VEGAN and prepared for us by our wonderful chef. There will be gluten free options at every meal and you can let us know if you have any other essential dietary requirements.


Practice sessions in the Plum Village tradition will be led by sangha members, with space for other activities too. If you would like to contribute – for instance with music, by facilitating a Dharma family, or by offering a workshop or other activities – please let us know.


We have kept the cost of attending low, aiming to cover only venue hire, food, paying our chef, and some admin expenses. Should there be any surplus, this will go towards future sangha costs, helping us to keep going.


  • £290 Supporter Rate – For those able to give a little more and wishing to support others to attend
  • £245 Standard Rate – For most retreatants: covers cost of joining the retreat
  • Supported – For those needing financial support to come

If you are needing support we will be able to discuss the financial options and your specific needs with you.


We ask that all attendees agree to take continuous lateral flow tests before arrival. Here is our live covid requirements document (we will update this live document if we need to and email the booking list to notify them).

For any questions or if you need any help, please email:

Booking form and more information here

Photo taken by Monica Max West during the 2019-20 Winter Retreat