What is Vejjasala?

Vejjasala, located in Wingello in the Southern Highlands of NSW, is a place for healing founded by the Association of Engaged Buddhists.

The Spiritual Director of the Centre and Resident Monk, Venerable Tejadhammo explains the origin of the name, he says: "In the early Buddhist writings, Vejjasala is the Pali word for a place of healing. When the great Chinese pilgrim monks Fahsien and Xuanzang made their long and arduous journeys from China to India in the 5th and 7th centuries seeking to bring back the teachings of the Buddha for the welfare, wellbeing and good of the many, they both recorded the existence of vejjasalas, places established to care for the sick and injured."

The Association of Engaged Buddhists has established Vejjasala in Wingello as a place where people can receive assitance in dealing with their illness. They can find rest and recover in an environment surrounded by friendship and support. In Vejjasala, people living with a serious or life threatening illness can find help to develop their capacity for self-healing and happiness in a peaceful and spiritual environment.


AEB Events & Retreats - 2015

Retreats are highlighted. Retreat titles will link to a registration page closer to the retreat date.
Events on the Buddhist calendar and select public holidays are in brackets.

Wed 28 Sangha Lodge Sangha Lodge opens for 2015
Thu 19   (Lunar New Year - 'Year of the Goat')
Sun 22 Social Event AEB New Year Picnic
Sun 1 Sangha Lodge Dana Day
Wed 4   (Magha Puja - 'Sangha Day')
Fri 27 - Sun 29 Past Retreat 'Making a New Ending for Ourselves': Ven. Tejadhammo
Sun 5 Sangha Lodge Dana Day (Easter Sunday)
Fri 17 - Sun 19 Past Retreat 'May All Beings Be Happy and Free' Yoga Retreat: Sue Toohey
Mon 4   (Vesakha Puja - 'Buddha Day')
Sun 3 Sangha Lodge Dana Day
Sun 10 - Sun 17 Past Retreat 'The Four Foundations of Mindfulness': Ven. Tejadhammo
Fri 29 - Sun 31 Retreat cancelled 'Healing Power of Words' Retreat: Beatriz Copello
Sun 7 Sangha Lodge Dana Day
Sun 5 Sangha Lodge Dana Day
Sun 26 Social Event International Food Fair (see below)
Thur 31   ('Rains Retreat' begins)
Sun 2 Sangha Lodge Dana Day
Fri 14-16 Retreat cancelled Healing Meditation Weekend: Ven. Tejadhammo
Fri 28-30 Applications closed Mindfulness Retreat: Beatriz Copello
Sun 6 Sangha Lodge Dana Day
Sun 27 Social Event Sangha Lodge Fund Raising Lunch (see below)
Sun 4 Sangha Lodge Dana Day
Fri 2-5 Past Retreat Cultivating Well-Being Yoga & Meditation Retreat: Sue Toohey
Sat 24 Workshop cancelled 'Healing Power of Words': Beatriz Copello
Sun 25  Fundraising Event Walk for Wellbeing
Mon 26   ('Rains Retreat' ends)
Sun 1 Sangha Lodge Dana Day & AGM
Fri 20-22 Past Retreat
Mindfulness Practice in Daily Life: Graham White Retreat & Ven. Tejadhammo
Wed 16   Last teaching day at Sangha Lodge
Fri 25   (Christmas Day)

Healing at Vejjasala

For some time now evidence has been mounting about the benefits of meditation, relaxation and other natural healing practices, particularly about improving the quality of life for those living with a serious or life threatening illness.

Vejjasala provides an opportunity to learn different meditation practices aimed at reducing pain, freeing the mind from tension, fear and stress and supporting the body's own healing processes.

We do not seek to replace conventional medical treatment but to complement it, by helping individuals to develop their own healing powers and the healing potential in the teaching and practice of the Buddha.


Vejjasala - Place of Healing

219 Forest Road
Wingello, NSW 2579
Ph: (02) 4884 4443

SatNav coordinates: S34 42.334 E150 10.663

Distance from Sydney: 160km, approx. 1 hour 45 mins


pdficon_small.png Download or print the Vejjasala guests guide for what to bring and how to get there


Driving from Sydney:

(NOTE: Download the printible PDF instructions above)

Take the M5 out of Sydney (toward Liverpool/Canberra).

Continue on to M31 then National Highway 31 (toward Goulbourn/Canberra), past Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale.

Continue 6km past Penrose State Forest, then slow down after Paddys Creek to turn left in 500m.

Turn hard left off highway into Murrimba Rd, (exit sign for Wingello & Bundanoon). Follow road to end - Wingello village.

When you come into Wingello, cross the railway tracks.

Turn right on other side of tracks (past Wingello Village Store).

Take first left into Forest Rd and continue along sealed then gravel road, past Wombat Farm, distance approx. 2km.

Turn left onto side track at sign for Vejjasala Retreat. At about 250m turn left at 'Retreat Centre' sign to enter Vejjasala Retreat grounds.


Use the above map to zoom or move around to see surrounding roads and towns


Getting there by train

There is a train station at Wingello but someone will need to collect you and drive you to Vejjasala which is a few kilometers away, so it may be better to get a lift from another attendee. The retreat booking forms have an option to nominate that you would like a lift. If you still intend to take the train, you need to inform the train driver at Central that you wish to stop at Wingello as it is a small station. You will also need to contact the retreat coordinator to arrange someone to collect you from the station or the nearby Wingello Store.

Note that 'Caroura St' in the above map is actually signposted 'Forest Rd'

A selection of comments made by participants in Vejjasala retreats in 2012


On the accommodation

‘Very comfortable bed and hot shower!’ 

‘Very clean and comfortable, thank you.’ 

’10 out of 10.’


On the catering

‘Meals were delicious, well-timed, plentiful.’ 

‘Could not have been better.  SO many thanks to our wonderful chefs.’ 

‘The meals were superb.  Congratulations to the cooks!’ 

‘It’s excellent, too perfect.  Like a 5-start resort!’ 

‘Excellent food in every way: quality, quantity, timing.  Thank you chefs.  You could taste the metta in the meals!’


On the retreat generally

‘Wonderful, highly beneficial retreat.’ 

‘The balance was good, especially the time to rest in the beautiful surrounds.’ 

‘Beautiful place, wonderful teaching.  Trust the place will grow and prosper.’  

‘A wonderful, beneficial experience.’ 

‘Becoming a part of the retreat with its intrinsic and extrinsic rhythms was healing.  Bhante’s teaching and presence was pivotal.  Thank you.’ 

‘Very grateful for the yoga sessions.  The exercises definitely help with the stretching and relaxing of muscles in preparing for sitting meditation.  The breathing incorporated also support the mindfulness of the breath in meditation.’ 

‘A real delight to be here and be a part of it.’