About the Buddhafield Festival
Love from the air | Image © Kirsty Porter 2013
Booking, Volunteering and Contributing
Information about the next Festival will begin to emerge from now onwards. Booking and recruitment will open somewhere around New Year.
The Festival: What’s It All About?
The Buddhafield Festival is a gathering of up to 3,000 beautiful people? — a joyful and unique creation of community. Ritual, song, dance, arts and crafts, yoga, t’ai chi, meditation, and play, blend together in a drink- and drug-free environment. The Festival is for people from all traditions — and none — coming together in a mindful and family-friendly space, allowing hearts and minds to open.
Essential Travel has listed the Buddhafield Festival as one of the top ten unique festivals of 2013!
This Year’s Theme
This year Buddhafield will be basing its programme around the theme of “Courageous Compassion”. Get involved during our public rituals! Find out more.
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.
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 one of the dozens of other treatments.
The testimonials page has a selection of recent feedback and reviews. There’s also a list of photographs and videos.
Drug and Alcohol Policy: Get into the Spirit ... but Leave the Spirits at Home
Alcohol and drugs (including “legal highs”) are not welcome at the Festival. We reserve the right to ask people not respecting this to leave.
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 radiant” 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.
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!
On the camping & live-ins page there’s a description of the camping options and facilities, a notice about unloading and packing your car, full information about live-in spaces and advice for Disabled Ticket Holders. More information about lost property, washing and hygiene, Fire, waste and recycling, music and noise on the Festival site facilities page. We also help you plan your camping by summarising the options for food, as well as an intorudction to our Traders, Shops & Stalls.