Monastics and devotees are welcome to stay at NBM to develop their Buddhist practice. Permission to stay is subject to accommodation availability and suitability of guest to the monastic environment. Monastics staying at NBM are expected to observe the precepts according to their ordination category. All lay practitioners who stay at the NBM are required to follow the 8 precepts. Requests for accommodation must be completed, submitted and the application to stay approved by the Accommodation Officer prior to arrival at NBM. By applying to stay, you confirm that you have read, understood, and are happy to abide by the conditions of stay as outlined in the document called 18 June 2017 update NBM – Staying at NBM for All Guests . Conditions of stay is subject to amendments and changes when necessary.
There is no charge to stay at NBM for Monastics or Laity. Even though there is no charge, monetary donations do allow us to keep the doors open, and so any support given is greatly appreciated.
- If you have applied to stay in NBM previously, you are not required to fill in the application above (unless your personal details have changed). Kindly book-in by email with the dates you wish to stay.
- Following the decision of the NBM community, from 14/7/2017 only bookings for a minimum of 3 days stay will be considered (outside vassa period- see note below). 1 night stays have been discontinued.
- During the Vassa period we are only able to consider bookings for a minimum of 2 weeks stay. Thank you for your understanding.
Temperature: Newbury’s temperatures can range from lows around -2.6 °C to a high of around 35 °C. The colder months are usually from April to October. In any case, it’s safer to bring warm clothing as there has been instances of light sleet or snow in as late as December (which is in summer in Australia). Rain: Newbury tends to have an above average level of rainfall compared to the rest of Australia. It’s best to bring an umbrella or poncho for wet-weather conditions. Sun: The availability of direct sunlight is patchy as there is usually some form of cloud cover for most of the year. The driest and sunniest days tend to be from November to March.
What to Bring
Please bring the following; keeping in mind that Newbury is usually 3-5 degrees colder than Melbourne city (on average):
- Sleeping bag is very helpful for the cold nights.
- Sheets, quilt cover and pillow case.
- Warm clothing – socks, beanie etc.
- Towel, toiletries, personal hygiene items, any personal medications.
Some other optional items you can consider bringing:
- Jacket / Raincoat / Umbrella.
- Hot water bottle (the one used in bed to keep warm)
- Meditation Cushion
- Slippers, Joggers & Warm shoes.
- Small blanket / wrap for hall use
- Drinking Water Bottle / Vacuum flask
- Torch & alarm clock
*** Pillow is provided. You are welcome to bring your own meditation cushion if you wish. There are meditation cushions available in the meditation hall. The venue has chairs, should you wish to meditate in a chair. It’s important to bring clothing that allows you to sit on the floor or a chair comfortably. All clothes should be in good repair and appropriate to the occasion (i.e. please don’t wear pyjamas outside your accommodation block). Loose clothing affords better flexibility when sitting cross-legged (i.e. tracksuit pants or cargo pants etc.).