Creating a Forest Garden Retreat | Image © Kirsty Porter 2011
Thanks to your generousity and the work of the Buddhafield collective over the last 5 years we now own outright 20 acres of land near the village of Broadhembury in Devon.
On this land (very varied and including wetland and deciduous bluebell woods) we are beginning to turn our vision into reality. At Broadhembury we are now integrating the magic of our retreats with the challenge of practicing sustainable land use in a real and long term way.
In 2004 we employed the permaculturalist Phil Corbett to carry out a survey on our land. Following this consultation Dharmamrta developed a permaculture design for the land, which includes planting trees for firewood and for fruit; creating terraces to provide flat land for camping, and planting hedges for shelter and privacy.
Work on the design got underway during the winter of 2004, and continues. Work on the land will be an integral part of at least one Buddhafield Retreat each season. Out of a desire for the well being not only of humankind but also animals, birds and the earth itself, Buddhafield is taking a leading role in developing an eco-Buddhist culture in this country.