UK & Ireland Area Order Convention 2022

Going Forth, Going Beyond

UK & Ireland Area Order Convention 2022

Going Forth, Going Beyond

The 2022 UK and Ireland Area Order Convention will be held at Wymondham College, from Wednesday 17th to Monday 22nd August 2022.

Booking is now available via the red button on the right of this page. Please read the information below before booking. 
Bookings will close on 6th July 2022. 

Theme: Going Forth, Going Beyond

I decided to go forth from the world as a homeless wanderer as the Buddha and his disciples had done. With me was my friend Satyapriya, whom I had met in Singapore. On the morning of 18 August 1947, therefore, we changed our civilian clothes for the traditional saffron of the ascetic and set out on foot for the plains. In the words of The Rainbow Road:  ‘As we left Kausali it was raining, but as in the course of our descent we emerged from the clouds into the bright sunshine below, we saw arching the road, at intervals of a few dozen yards, not only a single but double and triple rainbows.

In the quote above, Bhante describes his going forth in one of his final Adhisthana writings, ‘Rainbows in the Sky’, and on this convention we will mark the 75th anniversary of this day and it’s significance for the Order.

Padmavajra will give a keynote talk to celebrate the anniversary and open the convention theme. Through shorter personal talks we will explore what Going Forth means for us as an Order now.

The Buddha went forth to seek an end to suffering, to go beyond what binds us to the samsaric world. The theme of this event will also encompass ‘going beyond’ and the ways in which we are approaching that as an Order, with a keynote talk and shorter personal talks.

We’ll keep you updated with programme information but for now, we’d like to open bookings and invite you to join us in this convention and foster the flow of connection, friendship and Dharma practice as an Order.

Helping out and other ways to contribute to the convention

A large event like this can only work with many willing helpers. Most people who book will be allocated a job for the convention (you can indicate preferences). But we also need a few people who are willing to make a more substantial contribution. Please look at this list and see if you are able and willing to contribute in this way. It is a great way to feel fully engaged with the event!

  • Set up: the team that works on the set-up plays an important part in making sure we have everything in place before opening the doors and welcoming hundreds of people to the convention. Roles involve, help with the building of the shrine and hanging the curtains and laying the carpet, setting out the camping area, making sure the kitchenettes are stocked with refreshments etc. There are a variety of roles – some physically demanding and others less so. The set-up will commence on Sunday 14th August with accommodation and food supplied up to the start of the convention.
  • Organisers: jobs include overseeing the meeting rooms (unlocking, checking chairs etc), briefing other volunteers on their jobs, and troubleshooting. You will be working in team and need to attend regular meetings. As this impacts on your convention, a discount is negotiable. It would be advantageous to arrive one or two days early. Previous knowledge of Wymondham is helpful.

    If you would like to volunteer or want to find out more about the set-up or being an organiser, please contact Lilasuri lilasuri@wildawake-mindfulness.co.uk

  • Fringe Events: would you like to host an activity at the convention that others might enjoy? Previous activities have included a puppet show, 5 rhythms dancing and art exhibitions. If you have ideas for a Fringe event please fill in the form here 
  • Marketplace: is there something you would like to sell? Perhaps your artwork, thangkas, cards.
    If you are interested in selling something in the marketplace please contact Dhiramati as stall space is limited dhiramati@hotmail.com

Any general enquiries about the Convention can be directed to triratnaorderevents@gmail.com

Accommodation

Wymondham College provides a range of different accommodation types.

En-suite single rooms

These rooms (in the newest sixth form block) are all for one person, and have a toilet and shower. They are especially suitable if you need easy access to a bathroom, or if you have limited mobility as all rooms are accessible by lift.

You can request an en-suite without medical need, but those with a medical need will be prioritised. When booking, please explain briefly your needs.

If you need a single, but don’t have a need for the bathroom and lift access, you can book a room with shared bathroom, and request a single with an explanation of your needs (eg. snorer, or light sleeper).

Rooms with shared bathroom

These rooms have between 1 and 5 beds, with a bathroom shared with a few other rooms. There are no rooms on the ground floor, but if you have restricted mobility, you can request a room on the first floor (i.e. one floor above ground level). You can request a single room, without having a medical need, although priority will be be given if you have medical reasons or are a snorer.

You can request to share with particular people; please ensure you have checked with them. They will still need to book for themselves.

Camping

You can camp in a tent or campervan / live-in vehicle. You will have access to bathrooms in a nearby hall.

Day visitors

If you book as a day guest you are provided with lunch and dinner, without accommodation, and you also help to fund your share of the costs of the convention.

 

Who is going?

Here is the most recent list of attendees (correct at 8 June)

Costs and Bursaries

The costs are:

  • Single room with en suite bathroom: £65 per night
  • Shared room and bathroom: £60 per night
  • Camping: £45 per night
  • Day visitor (includes lunch and dinner): £40 per day

Other than day visitors, the prices include three meals per full day, dinner on the day of arrival, and lunch on the day of departure. Extra meals can be requested during the booking process.

No payment will be taken at the point of requesting a booking, but an email will be sent to you requesting payment. Once payment has been made and confirmed, your place is booked. You can make payments in instalments if you wish. Bookings will close on 6th July 2022. 

All enquiries about bookings to Vajrapriya at triratnaorderevents@gmail.com

BURSARIES

If you cannot afford to attend the convention, the Abhayaratna Trust is offering some bursary places for travel and accommodation to those in the UK and Ireland. Apply at https://abhayaratnatrust.org/get-support

If you would like to attend and are outside of the UK/ Ireland please contact taradakini@abhayaratnatrust.org to see if help may be available.

Please consider donating to the Abhayaratna Trust bursary fund to help others attend.

 

Practicalities

Some useful things to bring with you

  • Towel and soap or shower gel.
  • All bedding is provided. Some people like to bring a spare pillow, as the single one provided can feel a bit thin.
  • A torch or headtorch, if you like to read in bed (there may not be any reading lights)
  • A mug (some people find Wymondham’s cups a bit small).
  • Coffee-making equipment and supplies if you are not happy with instant coffee.
  • A bag for carrying your valuables. The safes in the rooms are mostly out of service, so you can’t count on a secure location for valuables.
  • Sitting gear. There will be mats and cushions provided for about 150 people, but if you can, bring your own.
  • Eye mask/earplugs
  • Swimming costume if you wish to use the swimming pool

Arriving/leaving

The convention will start on Wednesday 17th with dinner from 5.45pm and will finish after lunch on Monday 22nd. If you arrive after the beginning, your first meal will be dinner on the day of arrival (unless you ordered an extra lunch). If you leave before the end, your last meal is lunch on the day of departure (unless you ordered and extra dinner).

If there is no-one on reception when you arrive, and if the door is open (first building on the left) then go inside, find your welcome pack and tick yourself off on the list. If you arrive late at night and the door is closed, check the list on the door of reception. If you are staying in an en-suite room (“Ralphs” Hall), you will need a keycard. Instructions will be left.

Public Transport

The nearest railway stations are Attleborough and Wymondham. Wymondham is a larger town with more taxi companies, e.g. Wymondham Taxis can be reached on 01953 600125. The cost should be under £15 and it takes under 15 minutes.

Mobility

We are hoping to have a golf cart to offer a “bus service” around the campus at Wymondham College, to help those with restricted mobility.

COVID policy 
We will be taking measures to minimise the risk of infection from Covid-19 however as this is a large gathering of people it is impossible to eliminate the risk.

Before the convention
We ask that you take a Lateral Flow Test before coming on retreat within 24 hours of arrival; if the test is positive then we ask that you don’t attend the convention, please inform Vajrapriya (triratnaorderevents@gmail.com) as soon as possible so we know not to expect you; we can offer a full refund.
If you have been in contact with somebody who has tested positive for Covid-19 within 7 days of the convention, please take regular Lateral Flow tests and if you are positive within 24 hours of arrival, we ask that you don’t attend the convention, please inform Vajrapriya as soon as possible so we know not to expect you, and we can offer a full refund.

During the convention
To reduce the risk of infection during the convention, there will be hygiene measures in place; hand sanitiser in each communal and residential area, face masks available from reception (wearing one is optional) and ventilation of spaces where possible.

Developing Symptoms and Confirmed Covid-19 cases
If you develop Covid-19 symptoms during the convention please communicate this immediately to someone in the convention team (Lilasuri, Vajrapriya, Utpaladhi, Amaradaya). We will ask you to do a Later Flow test. If you need one phone reception. If you test positive for Covid-19 let us know by phoning reception, to minimise the risk of infection we will then ask you to leave the convention; if you are unable to leave, we will provide an area of isolation until you are able to travel or can be collected. We will offer you a refund minus the time you have already spent at the convention. We will ask the people you shared a room with (if applicable) to also do a Lateral Flow test to ensure that we minimise any potential spread of infection.