About the Buddhafield Festival

The Buddhafield Festival is taking a sabbatical year: back again in !
Check out the Green Earth Awakening Camp,

The setup crew made the word shapes whilst Layout Co-ordinator Kirsty was microlight-joyriding from above.

Love from the air | Image © Kirsty Porter 2013

Next Festival: July 2015

As previously publicised, the Festival is taking a break (its first in 18 years) in 2014. We’re putting on another Green Earth Awakening Camp, a smaller event similar to our main Festival Permaculture Area, in the same time slot (third week of July).

Booking, Volunteering and Contributing

Stay tuned to our Blog, Facebook, Google+ and Trirtana Buddhist Centre pages for information about the 2015 Festival, which will begin to emerge from October 2014 onwards; booking and recruitment will open somewhere around the following New Year.

Volunteering and Contributing

If you’re interested in offering a workshop, running a campaign stall, you’re a trader, healer, yoga teacher, performer or if you represent a band, visit the Contributors section of the volunteering and contributing page on or about New Year 2015.

The Festival: What’s It All About?

The Buddhafield Festival is held on a beautiful site in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), about 7 miles South of Taunton, at Culmhead.

Buddhafield Festival from Clear Vision on Vimeo.

We offer a full programme of activities, including the teaching, discussion and study of Buddhism and meditation in the Dharma Parlour and Meditation Space. If it’s relaxation you’re looking for, take your ease in one a number of vegan and vegetarian cafés, whilst waiting for one of our extensive range of workshops to start. There’s a full performance programme of music and cabaret. We have a set of specialist Areas and Spaces including Permaculture, Social Change, Women’s Space and a terrific Kids Area. Amongst the delights of healing and bodywork on offer, you could learn or practise Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gung, book a massage or investigate a one of the dozens of other treatments.

The Sound+Vision page has a list of audio, video and photographic records of the 2014 Festival.

Get into the Spirit ... but Leave the Spirits at Home

Buddhism is about getting out of our head. Into the body. Into the abundance of the present moment. Away from stale thought loops that regret the past or worry about the future; away from a dulled, dumbed down experience; away from avoiding parts of ourselves, into the full vividness and beauty of now.

In the Buddhist ethical trainings, this “mindfulness clear and radient is supported” by “abstaining from intoxicants” that could cloud the mind. for many it is a big part of why they come; for those in recovery, not being around drugs and alcohol is crucial. Please help us retain the uniqueness of the collective creation that is Buddhafield by entering into the spirit of this aspect of the Festival.

Our peacekeeping team will be trained to challenge people publicly not respecting our request, but please don’t wait for them: challenge anyone you see drinking or smoking to explain how their awareness is more clear and present with their drug of choice than without.

Environmental Responsibility

As much of our power as possible is acquired from renewable sources including the sun, wind and wood burner. We do not use generators, not even bio-diesel ones! Buddhafield is always looking for ways to reduce it’s carbon footprint and we actively encourage liftsharing and the use of public transport.

We take our recycling very seriously! Please visit the Temple of Ming during the Festival where our Recycling Team sort through every incoming bag by hand. This year we managed to reduce the number of landfill-bound skips down to a modest three!