Visiting the Centre

We are situated on 8 acres in the inspirational setting of Colville Valley, Coromandel Peninsula, surrounded by meadows, woods and the imposing hills of the Coromandel range. Our proximity to beautiful beaches and breathtaking sea views provide an ambience conducive to peace, calm and healing.

Our centre hosts regular courses taught by visiting lamas and teachers, group retreats, solo retreats and various healing courses. Visitors to the area are welcome to come stay in our accommodations, and like-minded organizations and groups can rent our facilities. Mahamudra is an excellent place to take time out from the stresses of city life, to do personal retreat, or to recuperate from such effects as illness or grief if one chooses.

It is a place where one can participate in a Buddhist way of life, joining in daily meditations, work and social activities in a supportive environment. However you do not have to be a Buddhist to visit or participate – everyone is welcome!

At Mahamudra Centre, all residents and visitors are asked to:

  • Protect living beings (refrain from killing; even small insects)
  • Respect others belongings (refrain from stealing)
  • Speak truthfully (refrain from lying)
  • Respect Mahamudra as a space for spiritual introspection and development (refrain from sexual contact)
  • Cultivate clarity of mind and body (refrain from using intoxicants, e.g. alcohol, tobacco, etc.)

We also have a no dog/pet policy with two exceptions:

  1. For special animal blessing events; and if you are travelling with your pet, we do invite you to stop long enough to walk your pet around the brick walkway of the stupa (at the entrance) clockwise 3 times as a blessing, but not go on grassy areas and other parts of the property and never have the animal off a lead/uncontained.
  2. With advance special permission from the office

No matter how sweet your pet is, this rule is necessary because:

  1. We have endangered bird life on our property – particularly banded rails and brown teals – that can be scared and hurt by dogs, especially in nesting areas
  2. Other guests are afraid of dogs, particularly people from cultures that don’t keep animals as pets or people who have been injured by aggressive animals
  3. When other guests see dogs on the property, they expect to also be able to bring theirs in the future. When there are multiple dogs, it adds a whole new layer of issues.
  4. We have two cats that have adopted Mahamudra Centre as their home, and they become very stressed by visiting animals.

    Gompa and main building