11th to 15th July 2018

The second Dharma Festival at Gaunts House, following on from the successful event in 2015, offers a range of fascinating performances, workshops and exhibitions with an opportunity to relax in the peaceful environment of the garden and park in the middle of the Dorset countryside.

Arrive on Wednesday 11th July and set up your tent in the glorious grounds of Gaunts House.  The monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will be starting the construction of a Sand Mandala in the Tantric tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and there will be an opportunity to watch the opening ceremony.  

See the exhibition of images by TASHI MANNOX:  One of the world's foremost contemporary Tibetan calligraphers. Tashi innovates in technique and concept - but is firmly rooted in the integrity of the ancient tradition.  Two decades spent as a monk of the Kagyu order inform his practice. His calligraphy and iconography, while technically and aesthetically compelling, also acts to illuminate ancient Buddhist wisdoms.  Now residing near the Welsh border, Tashi regularly exhibits in New York, London and Moscow.  Tashi's exhibition will be running throughout the festival, and he will be holding workshops during the weekend. 

Experience the power of primordial sounds:  Imagine for a moment…

A bunch of leaves whooshing through the sage infused air. A didjeridoo spiralling about the sacred space. The sound of the bullroarer opens a portal. Rocks, shells and feathers entice you further in. A Porotiti spins healing energy into your body. The heartbeat on a horse skin drum entrances your mind.  You leave time as you know it.  SIKA is an international pioneer of sound journey experiences.  He’s spent decades listening to the rhythms of nature. His beautiful, ancient instruments enable people to enter profound states of relaxation.  Sika will be at Gaunts House for two performances during the festival.

MICHAEL ORMISTON and CANDIDA VALENTINO - Sound Transformations - Michael Ormiston & Candida Valentino are the UK's most respected and experienced Mongolian Khöömii Overtone/Undertone SingersTheir unique concerts cross the boundaries between traditional Mongolian Music, Sacred Sound Journeys using Tibetan Singing BowlsSyphonic Gongs, experimental improvisations with live electronics and original compositions on their vast collection of acoustic instruments and will be in residence throughout the festival.  

In addition there will be a series of talks by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, yoga, Tai Chi, drumming, singing bowls and gongs, and interactive workshops throughout the five days, as well as the opportunity to book therapies and treatments.  There will be a series of evening performances by the artists involved.  A full programme and timings will be published very soon.

You can take part in as many of the activities as you want - or simply soak up the peaceful atmosphere of Gaunts House and the Dorset countryside.

Booking will soon be open so please revisit this page for details of our Box Office and how to reserve your tickets.