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Want to explore your spiritual options a bit more?

Feel like you would like to cut out the wishy washy faff and experience first hand what it’s like to lead a spiritual life in a thriving community?? Join the Be a Monk Challenge at Bhaktivedanta Manor. Spend a month, three months, or even 6 months at Bhaktivedanta Manor in the UK and be spiritually revived!

‘Be a monk’ challenge

Level: Beginners

Duration: 7 days

Cost: £50

This course will give you an opportunity to cut yourself off from everyday distractions and focus on your spiritual wellbeing. Over a period of 7 days, you will get a taster of spiritual practices in real life.

You will get to know yourself better spiritually, strengthen your mind and determination and, most importantly, have an amazing time with like-minded individuals!

Veda Course

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 3 months

Cost: £200

 The residential Veda Course is designed for those wishing to gain a foundational understanding of bhakti-yoga.

Over a period of three months, you will learn about the theology and philosophy, devotional practice and Vaishnava culture, experience the early morning devotional programme, engage in practical service and make lifelong friends temple.


Level: Expert

Duration: 6 months

Cost: £300

You will spend the first part of your time traveling to exceptional Temples around Europe and/or India and experience the life of living in a spiritual community.
You will spend the remaining part of your time at Bhaktivedanta Manor studying Nectar of Instruction, Sri Isopanisad, Bhagavad-gita As It Is and Nectar of Devotion.   (Details may vary based on the course. Get in touch with us for specific details

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If you like the idea and want to find out more or are ready to take the challenge, please click the button below. You will be redirected to the Krishna Temple site where you'll be able to book the course.

4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 33 reviews)
Very good6%

Great oppurtunity to learn the 'monk mindset'

January 31, 2024

I just finished my be a monk week experience and it was a great way to start the year and has given me profound insights and how I can apply the monk mindset to normal life.

I was decided to take the be a monk week to get a ‘detox’ from electronic devices and other habits. But this was was so much more than this. The inital discomfort of giving up luxuries is certainly worth it as when you learn to simplify your life you also see how you can be happy with less and you don’t need all these materialistic things to thrive.

I would recommend this course for anyone any stage at life and particularly for young adults as it a great foundation for your life and good to do before you have any long term commitments such as a job or marriage. I wish I had done this course earlier and even had a go at the longer duration courses before starting a working life.

Regardless of what your inital thoughts are of this course I would recommend to just go for it as I thought I had a pretty good idea of what it would be like and this mananaged to through some pleasent surprises at me! The monks living at the ashram are very friendly and the food they serve is great. The accomodation is shared but everyone at the temple does a great job at maintaining cleanliness and after the first day which maybe initally uncomfortable it is quite easy to get used to.

Aneesh Patel

Be a monk challenge 2018

November 3, 2023

I never got around to leaving a review. Thought would be helpful for others who maybe interested in joining this wonderful spiritual emersion. If you need a break from everyday life in an environment which feels like another dimension, this is the place to be! The facilitators are friendly and kind residents of the ashram. The food here is so nourishing and delicious. Your days will be structured by various activities. I highly recommend ⭐️✨


Divine experience and Life changing lessonsson

November 3, 2023

Hare krishna…firstly thanks to Sanketh Prabhu as a primary contact to get it over there..then Karen prabhu for helping out with communicating schedules ..Master Roman prabhu ..learnt many things from him So down to earth 🌎..waking up early hours it feels so refreshing attending All ritual activities ..learnt how to wear traditional wear and Tilak …whole Hearted thanks To param

Karuna prabhu for doing thr program that awaken me about lot of things in my life… Morning Energy is scintillating,dance ,Meditation (Chanting)in temple room and prabhupada room

.I feel when i was doing.what not .. Every monk who stays there so Down to earth ,kind and ready to help..Last but no leat how would i miss food [Prasadam] is sumptous and Mouth watering …Thanks for bearing me Guys…Get ready will come frequently to bother😆



Kirankumar Basava

A wonderful introduction to the Vedas

November 3, 2023

Srila Prabhupada was a living representation of Vedic thought and practice and ISKCON is continuing to do a fantastic job of bringing the knowledge and practice to the world.

I spent a week as a woman monk and the japa meditation I learnt has been a daily revelation, taking me deeper and deeper into myself. The philosophy around it is very well taught, the general life of the temple is joyous and fun, the food is amazing and the people leading the program are genuinely wonderful.

I highly recommend this experience. There is literally zero downside.

Hare Krishna



November 3, 2023

It’s been wonderful time witch will be deep in a heart 💙 Thank you for this opportunity 🙏 Hare Krichna!


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