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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: £40 – £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: £150 – £250

 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.

Sabbatical

Level: Expert

Duration: 6 months

Cost: £220+

You will spend the first part of your time at Bhaktivedanta Manor for study of Nectar of Instruction, Sri Isopanisad, Bhagavad-gita As It Is and Nectar of Devotion.

For the remaining part of your time, you will travel to exceptional Temples around Europe and/or India and experience the life of living in a spiritual community. (Details may vary based on the course. Get in touch with us for specific details)

Sounds like a deal? Here's how to apply

Fill out the form below and get in touch with us, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!

Admission to the residential courses is subject to further assessments & references and will be at the discretion of ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor. Please note that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you may be asked to do a Covid test and/or isolate. Please fill out the form and get in touch with us before you make plans.

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      An experience like no other...

      Rated 5 out of 5
      November 30, 2021

      Hare Krishna, firstly I would like to say a huge thank you personally to Rasraj prabhu and Ian prabhu. Without their individual efforts and time given to us visitors, the ‘Be a monk challenge’ wouldn’t haven’t been what it was.
      Where do I start with this? Well I have to say the whole experience is truly something very special. It was a shame I couldn’t attend the entire week but fortunately the kind souls at the Bhakti Vedanta Manor were kind enough to accept my late attendance. I arrived Wednesday afternoon, and left the place Saturday evening.
      Anyone who is new to spirituality or is looking for answers to the deeper questions that you may have been asking throughout your life, this is the place where you will get your answers. The tranquility combined with the level of bhakti (devotion) that the manor and the ISCKON community generates is truly special. You will walk away with an experience that will surely influence the way you live your life from thereafter.
      I have been blessed to have come from a deep spiritual background, what I really liked and appreciated was how the course was for individuals that had never thought about their spirituality. I was fortunate enough to share my time with a lad that had zero spiritual background. Watching him grow spiritually was one of the highlights of my stay, and a true reflection of how well the ‘Be a monk challenge’ was presented.
      I could go on more about my experience but it is best left to your own individual experience. Come to the manor and go through the process yourself. See how it serves you.
      Thank you so much for inviting me. I shall be returning again.
      Hare Krishna,
      Chet

      Chet Karsan

      wholeheartedly recommend to anyone

      Rated 5 out of 5
      November 30, 2021

      Go in with an open mind ready to learn from everyone. Coming from an atheist background staying a week here was an intimidating idea, but I was made to feel welcome quicker than anywhere before.
      Living at the manor for a short week opened my eyes to how different life can be.
      Everyone has time for you, an atmosphere of listening, understanding and compassion – so different from the outside world.
      Every time I’ve interacted with these guys my life perspective has changed.
      Thanks to all the residents for being so welcoming, especially Ian and Rasaraj.
      Hare Krishna

      ted

      Amazing experience. Genuinely lovely people

      Rated 5 out of 5
      November 30, 2021

      I was not sure what I was letting myself in for. I’ve done retreats before, but never at a temple I’ve visited for years.
      It was a wonderful experience. It made human the Monks which have always been so alien for me. I grew in my own spiritual path and made some deeper connections with residents and colunteers of the manor.
      I highly recommend it to anyone on the spiritual path, and I myself will do it again for a recharge.

      Umesh Solanki

      7 Day become a Monk Challenge November 1st 2021

      Rated 5 out of 5
      November 10, 2021

      Again thank you so much for a week I’ll never forget !
      Inspirational, challenging, immersive , inclusive, confusing, beautiful, non judgement-mental! Relentless , compassionate, happy, hard , loving , unbelievable, life changing , life affirming , spiritual, God consciousness, healing , trusting, once in a life time experience, or more for some Devotees. May Krishna bless you and all the other Monks and devotees today
      Hare Krishna. Willie 🙏🕉️🦿🧎(Oxford one leg ! )

      Will

      Would highly recommend

      Rated 5 out of 5
      November 2, 2021

      Studying Bhakti Shastri here was such a wonderful experience. It’s such a great way to completely immerse yourself in studying sastra and make good friends. I would highly recommend it!

      Abi

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