On April 5th, the day that marks his 60th birthday, Ajahn Sona will formally end his year-long solitary retreat and the monastery will return to its regular schedule. All friends and supporters are invited to visit Birken during the weekend of April 5 - 6 to pay respects to Ajahn Sona and join in the serene celebrations. Overnight stays will be permitted as of April 1st; please note that space will be limited and priority for overnight bookings will be given to long-term friends and supporters during the first week of April. Everyone (including newcomers) is welcome to visit for the day events taking place on April 5 - 6.
We are also pleased to announce that bookings are now open for the early Spring period. As the monastery is still currently in Winter Retreat mode, we will only be taking bookings for the period of April 1 - May 9 at the moment. The full calendar for 2014 (including Scheduled Retreats at Birken and in other cities) will be posted in April, at which time bookings will open for the rest of May through December.
Please visit our VISITS page for more information on events taking place over the April 5-6 weekend and bookings guidelines for the period of April 1 - May 9, 2014.
We look forward to welcoming our beloved teacher, Ajahn Sona, back from his year of quiet contemplation and to welcoming all of you to Birken for a visit sometime soon!