Dana Economy: paying for your retreat
Dhanakosa operates in the spirit of generosity, or dana (a Sanskrit/Pali word meaning giving or gift). This allows us to be open to anyone regardless of individual financial circumstances, by allowing people to pay what they can afford.
The vast majority of our income comes from donations made by friends and visitors such as yourselves, so we ask you to make a donation towards the running of the retreat centre, as part of your contribution toward your retreat.
Our suggested donations are as follows (in addition to the booking fee) for 2017:
- Week retreats (introductory): £420 waged, £265 unwaged
- Week retreats (regulars): £365 waged, £235 unwaged
- 2 week retreats: £630 waged, £420 unwaged
- Weekend retreats : £175 waged, £125 unwaged
If you cannot afford to give these rates then please feel free to give what you can. Likewise, if you are able to give more, then please consider doing so.
There will be someone available to receive your donation during the retreat or, if you prefer, you can send a donation in advance. Donations can be made by credit/debit card, cheque or cash.
If you wish to speak to a member of the team about financial contributions, please don’t hesitate to phone, or ask when you arrive.
the dana economy explained*
The practice of generosity takes us beyond ideas of separate self and constitutes a basic ethos at the heart of community. So, a dana economy is a gift economy, or an economy rooted in generosity.
The economic forms of consumerism and capitalism strongly condition our relationship to the world. They encourage us to experience ourselves as producers or consumers, and a sense of separateness from others. Rather than emulate this, we want to support economic relationships which contribute towards a culture of sharing.
We don’t want to enter into relationship with you as the providers of a service for a consumer. We want to enter into a wholehearted human relationship with you. We believe in this way we can help transform both ourselves, and our world.
To support this intention, rather than offering our work as a service to be bought, we ask for contributions to make this work possible. Through your donation, you support this endeavour. This is guided by the basic principle of the Dana Economy; “give what you can, take what you need”.
* thanks to Ecodharma for their inspiration
Dhanakosa is a registered charity. As such, if you pay income tax we can claim Gift Aid on your donation. This is a tax rebate we claim from the Inland Revenue that means, in effect, that the Inland Revenue increases the value of your donation by 25% by giving some of the tax that you have already paid to us.
To do this we need you to fill in a short declaration which we hold on file. This is generally done when making your donation at Dhanakosa.
Please note that Gift Aid can only be claimed on donations. As the booking fee is not a donation, Gift Aid cannot be claimed on this money.