About Us

Learn and practice meditation at The Hermitage Buddhist retreat centre in Snowdonia, North Wales
The Hermitage is the home of Lama Shenpen & Buddhist retreat centre in North Wales

We are the Awakened Heart Sangha, students of Lama Shenpen Hookham who lives and works from her residence at The Hermitage of the Awakened Heart, a Buddhist retreat centre in Criccieth, Gwynedd, North Wales. The Hermitage offers retreats combining meditation and study, often concluding with a pilgrimage to local sacred places.

Lama Shenpen has over 50 years experience of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, with meditation at the heart of all Buddhist practice. Lama Shenpen has taught many students worldwide how to meditate, in person and through her home-based study courses called ‘Living The Awakened Heart Training’.

Students have access to a variety of training materials, including course books, audio and video files, online courses and one to one contact with Lama Shenpen to discuss their study and practice.

Meditation teacher Lama Shenpen
Lama Shenpen teaches students how to meditate in person and online from her home in Wales

Meditation sessions are broadcast online, live from the Hermitage most days via Zoom conferencing. To find out more about our timetable, liturgy and the link to join us, click here.

If you have any questions about the Awakened Heart Sangha, meditation, or Lama Shenpen’s Living The Awakened Heart Training, please do get in contact. We would be pleased to hear from you. It is also possible to visit the Hermitage by prior appointment.

Hermitage of the Awakened Heart
Ynys Graianog
LL52 0NT

e: hermitage@ahs.org.uk
t: 01766 530 839
w: www.ahs.org.ukwww.buddhisthermitage.wales