Cherishing Marpa House

Marpa House, a highly regarded Buddhist retreat centre founded by the Venerable Chime Rinpoche in 1973 has been offering Buddhist teachings continuously since that time. The house depends on assistance to keep the fabric in good order, to offer our services (e.g. newsletters), to be able to offer a continuously-open door to meditators, and to run the many courses and events. There are several ways you can support the house, by making a donation, either a regular contribution or a one-off donation, remembering us in your will, supporting a project such as the 40/40 Refurbishment Project, or by donating your time as a volunteer.


water_bowlBecome a Monthly Supporter of Marpa House

If you would like to make a regular financial commitment there are several ways you can do this. Print out the  following Marpa House Monthly Supporter form and complete your details. Please send the completed form to Marpa House and we will get in touch with your bank to set up a Standing Order. OR set up a monthly payment via PayPal.  Choose your donation amount from the drop-down menu and click on the Subscribe button below.

Make a monthly donation




offeringincenseMake a one-off donation

Marpa House relies greatly on people’s generosity and all donations are greatly appreciated.  If you would like to make a one-off donation there are several ways. You can make one-off donations through PayPal using the button below.

  OR you can send us a cheque made payable to The Dharma Trust




lamp_smallGift Aid your donation

By completing a Gift Aid Declaration you can make your donation go further. If you are a tax payer in the UK and have a permanent UK address, then completing a Gift Aid Declaration means that for every £10 you donate we get £12.50. Please download a Gift Aid Declaration or if you would like it sent by post please contact the Secretary on 01799 584415 or email Then it’s as simple as signing the form and returning it to us.




mandalaIncluding Marpa House in your will

It’s very easy to make a bequest of funds to Marpa House and it could make a big difference. Financial help is our main need. Here’s how to do it. Everyone should make a Will.  Your family will come first, but could you think about including a legacy for Marpa House? All you need say in your Will is ….  ‘I leave a legacy of £ ___  to The Dharma Trust.’  There is no need to tell us, but one day it will help. If you want more information, the Secretary at Marpa House can help and/or can put you in touch with a Trustee.






vol_gardenDonating your time through volunteering

Marpa House relies on the generosity of long-term volunteers who assist with the day-to-day running of the house by coming on staff for a period of time, and short-term volunteers who may help out with large courses, come for a gardening weekend, or just come and cook lunch! There are 3 long-term roles – a cook, a housekeeper and a gardener, and staff usually come for between 1 month to 1 year. However if you aren’t able to put your live on hold, Marpa House still requires short-term volunteers especially during courses and large events, to help out with gardening and maintenance, and occasionally to cover staffing shortages. For more information about volunteering visit the Volunteering page.