Being Peace Cottage

Being Peace Cottage in Bradford Peverell, nr Dorchester, is owned by the Community of Interbeing UK and is available for individual retreats.

UK Dharma teachers, members of the Order of Interbeing, monastics from Plum Village, from Germany and from the USA have facilitated many retreats at Being Peace Cottage and New Barn, resulting in the tangible energy of mindfulness than can be sensed on arrival at this small but beautiful refuge. Here is a spiritual home where we can practice together to nourish our joy and happiness, and offer healing and transformation to many people.

There is now the opportunity to transplant and build on the spiritual energy and love nurtured (at the Being Peace Cottage) to a larger, more accessible centre – to offer our small flame to brighten a larger lamp. The conditions are now in place for the creation of a national practice centre, and we are pleased to be moving forward with it. The Being Peace cottage, therefore, will be put up for sale to enable us to fulfill the broader vision. To find out more about the project, click on the link  Being Peace Centre Project.

So from now on the cottage will only be let out to individuals who wish to book a short stay there. Such bookings will be taken on the understanding that they may be subject to change due to the process of selling (e.g. To allow potential buyers to view) . The cottage will no longer be let out for groups arranging a retreat. Bookings up to the end of September will be honoured, barring exceptional circumstances.


Being Peace Cottage is simply and comfortably furnished. It sleeps up to six in three bedrooms: one single, one twin, and one treble. There is an upstairs bathroom with a bath and shower, and also a downstairs WC. The kitchen is well equipped, with a fridge-freezer and a washing machine. (Please ask if you would like to use other rooms and facilities at the neighbouring New Barn Field Centre.) Surrounding the Cottage there is beautiful rolling countryside and there are many lovely walks in the local fields and woods.

Please note that the track to the Cottage is quite rough and unsuitable for delicate vehicles!

Quotes from Being Peace Cottage visitors book:

“What a great opportunity to enjoy some peaceful present moments. I enjoyed reading about the veranda at Plum Village called ‘Listening to the Rain Veranda’ whilst listening to the rain on the cottage kitchen roof”

“Each time I come here I am able to rest deeply and my heart is filled with joy”

“I have arrived, I am home” These words describe best how we feel here, We are blessed to enjoy the peace and warmth of both the cottage and the Sangha”

“What a wonderful and precious gift, to come here and grow our Sangha family. Everything we could possibly need or wished for is here, and all held with peaceful simplicity”

“Deep gratitude for the offering of this space. I’ve enjoyed a peaceful heart and quiet mind after a busy year and feel rejuvenated, joyful. May this space continue to be a refuge for many.”

“Welcomed by starlight, this morning a ray of sunlight shone through the window and asked to be let into my heart”

Booking Information

The cost of staying at Being Peace Cottage is on a sliding scale from £5 to £20 per person per night for more than one adult, or £25 for single occupancy.
Children aged 5 to 16 years – half price. Under fives – no charge.

We ask people to pay an amount that is in keeping with their circumstances. We hope that the sliding scale will make the Cottage available to as many in the UK Sangha as possible.

Local sanghas and other groups can also book the Cottage for a day (£25) or for an evening (£10).

(Use of extra facilities at the New Barn Field Centre will be charged according to New Barn Field Centre’s charging schedule.)

Please note that the person booking the Cottage has to be a paid-up member of the COI. If you are not already a member you can join here.

For enquiries and bookings please contact Nan Dower:
Tel: 01308 863515

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