Community Profiles

In this section of the website you will find information on destinations suitable for student placements. The profiles created here are provided by the communities themselves who have given us permission to use them here.

Amaravati Buddhist Monastery

Amaravati is a Theravada Buddhist monastery situated at the eastern end of the Chiltern Hills in south-east England. It is near the Hertfordshire village of Great Gaddesden. The nearest towns are Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted.

Amida Trust

The Amida Trust is a registered charity in the UK whose aims are to spread the dharma. They particularly support the Amida School of Pureland Buddhism. The Amida community also encompasses a wide and creative network of spiritually inclined ordinary people from many orientations. Out of this rich diversity has arisen devotional, inspirational, educational, social, community, campaigning, and cultural projects.

Amitabha Buddhist Centre

Amitabha Buddhist Centre is the regional college for Buddhist study, meditation and retreat for the South West of England around Bristol. The Centre is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition – The International Kadampa Buddhist Union.

Bhaktivedanta Manor

IES was established in 1990 at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple in Hertfordshire. Twenty years later, we now have five centres. Last year we reached well over 400 schools and more than 30,000 pupils and students. We take this opportunity to thank the many teachers, trainers, RE advisers and consultants, government officers and other RE specialists who, we feel, have been the backbone of our success. And thank you to all you students! We warmly invite you to take advantage of the services we offer to schools and the Religious Education community.

British Humanist Association

The British Humanist Association (BHA) is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We promote Humanism, support and represent the non-religious, and promote a secular state and equal treatment in law and policy of everyone, regardless of religion or belief.

Community of the Many Names of God

Skanda Vale is a multi-faith ashram (or monastery) near Carmarthen in Wales. It was founded on pure Sanathana Dharma; the timeless consciousness of God, as taught by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. We believe that all religions stem from, and merge into the one Reality; God is One, though His forms are many.

Dharmavajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Founded by the modern-day meditation master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 1993, Dharmavajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre exists to help people discover their own experience of inner peace through meditation and putting Buddha’s teachings into practice.

Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre

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Glastonbury has seen an increasing number of visitors to Glastonbury interested in the mystical, magical and spiritual aspects of the town. Since 2007, our organisation has supported individuals and groups on their journey, and assisted them to make the most of their inner and outer experiences, regardless of their path. Glastonbury has more than 70 different practising faiths and beliefs and our work means there is never a dull moment!

Isle of Avalon Foundation Ltd

The Isle of Avalon Foundation, based in the beautiful Somerset town of Glastonbury, is a centre of excellence that offers a distinctive range of programmes and holistic trainings in contemporary spirituality, healing, personal growth and transformation.

Lam Rim Buddhist Centre

Lam Rim Buddhist Centre is the founding centre for all of the group of Lam Rim Buddhist Centres. We are a retreat centre located in the beautiful countryside on the Welsh/English borders in Monmouthshire. We embrace Buddhist principles and values, while providing quality facilities, enabling people to experience more fulfilling ways of living within a peaceful and harmonious environment. Lam Rim Buddhist Centre is open to anybody who is interested in visiting.

Library of Avalon

The Library of Avalon is, to its Trustees’ knowledge, the only publicly-accessible esoteric library in the UK, perhaps even in Europe, but is not the only one in the world – there is a similar organisation in America. It is supported entirely by donations and by the subscriptions of its borrowing members.

Madhymaka Kadampa Meditation Centre

Madhymaka Kadampa Meditation Centre offers meditation classes, courses and retreats teaching how to find a happy mind. Facilities include World Peace Cafe, Bed & Breakfast, meditation rooms, gift shop, extensive gardens and woodland walks.

Manchester Buddhist Centre & The Clear Vision Trust

Manchester Buddhist Centre has taught Buddhism and med­it­a­tion to thou­sands of people since 1977, bring­ing an ancient tra­di­tion alive in the mod­ern world as part of the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly Friends of the Western Buddhist Order).

Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre

Manjushri KMC is an internationally renowned centre for meditation, where everyone is welcome to enjoy a peaceful environment or join in the many programmes offered throughout the year. Whether you are looking for a day visit to the Buddhist Temple, house or grounds, an introduction to Buddhist meditation, or in depth courses and retreats, Manjushri KMC offers an enjoyable and meaningful experience.

Samye Ling Monastery & Tibetan Centre

Samye Ling is a monastery and international centre of Buddhist training, known for the authenticity of its teachings and tradition. It offers instruction in Buddhist philosophy and meditation within the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also a centre for the preservation of Tibetan religion, culture, medicine, art, architecture and handicrafts.


Shekinashram is an ashram located in Glastonbury that stands in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, founded on the paths of devotion and action (bhakti and karma yogas) and committed to the principles of truthful and peaceful living. The community ‘s spiritual life centres on the worship of Radha and Krishna, and its charitable activities focus on Vrindavan making strong links between Glastonbury and Vrindavan as sacred spaces.

Siri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Bristol

Place of Worship and to learn about Sikh Religion, Customs and Beliefs. The Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Church Road, St. George, Bristol is in a building built in 1894-95 originally as the St. Geroge’s higher Grade and Technical School, the most impressive 19th century local authority school in Bristol.

The Chalice Well Trust

Chalice Well is one of Britain’s most ancient wells, nestling in the Vale of Avalon between the famous Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards it is a living sanctuary in which the visitor can experience the quiet healing of this sacred place. For over two thousand years this has been a place where people have gathered to drink the waters and find solace, peace and inspiration.

The Salvation Army, Bath

Welcome to the website of Bath Citadel, a church of The Salvation Army based in Green Park – in the historic Roman city of Bath. On these pages you will find our programme of forthcoming events, recent news stories and information on our musical and youth groups. This site is still under development, but we hope to have all information published soon.

The Salvation Army, Bedworth

The Salvation Army in Bedworth exists to lead men, women and children to God by caring for the lonely, helping the needy and supporting those who find life difficult. Salvation Army churches and community centres offer a range of activities and services within local communities. People can get involved in all sorts of ways, through volunteering with fundraising initiatives, attending church services and helping with local activities.

The Salvation Army, Cardiff

The Salvation Army, Cardiff Name: The Salvation Army, Cardiff (East Corps and Community Centre) Address: Walker Road, Cnr Janet, Splott, Cardiff, CF24 2EGWalker Road, Cnr Janet, Splott, Cardiff, CF24 2EG Website: Contact: Contact person: Tanyia Vermeulen Contact email: Telephone: 02920 499 895 Affiliation The Salvation Army is a Christian Church Purpose of Community: To […]

Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey

Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey is a monastery and retreat centre devoted to the practice of meditation within the Serene Reflection Meditation Tradition of Buddhism (Soto Zen). The monastic community offers retreats, festivals and other events for anyone who wishes to learn about or deepen their practice of meditation, and to explore more fully its fundamental relevance in our daily lives. We have been here in Northern England for over forty years.

Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre

Woodbrooke is Europe’s only Quaker Study Centre, offering adult education since 1903. You can experience short courses on personal spiritual growth, theology, creative arts, and training for Quaker roles, hire out our elegant meeting rooms for conferences, and stay with us for bed and breakfast.