Study Residencies

Waterperry House & Nanpantan

The School has two magnificent country houses which all students in the UK Branch Schools, the head School in London as well as other associated Schools around the world are invited to attend for either weekend or week-long study residentials. The quiet and peaceful atmospheres of both houses are particularly conducive to enhancing the philosophical and other studies which students engage in on regular weekly group meetings.

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Waterperry House

Many short retreats are now available at the School’s Waterperry House near Oxford. They are open to all students in the school together with friends and family. Click here for details.

The house is set in spacious grounds that comprise beautiful gardens, a garden centre, a teashop, a farm shop, a church and several cottages. Click here to go to the Waterperry Gardens website.

Inside the house are numerous works of art, all produced by artists and sculptors who are, or have been, students in the School. The ‘Artists’ Hall’ is richly decorated with marvellous frescoes in which each one depicts a meaningful philosophical story.

You can see the frescoes and more information about Waterperry House and the School from a YouTube video by clicking here.

As students progress through the School, longer study periods of up to a week are available at both Waterperry House and Nanpantan Hall in Leicestershire. (See also the Nanpantan Hall page.) 

Click here to see a location map of Waterperry House.

Waterperry House, Waterperry, Oxford, OX33 1LQ.    Tel: 01844 339518

Nanpantan Hall

Like Waterperry House, students meet at Nanpantan Hall from all over the UK for either weekend or week-long periods of study, work, meditation and reflection.

It is a Victorian house set in beautiful grounds with expansive views and is an ideal place for quiet and contemplative philosophical studies.

In recent years, the Hall has also been hired-out for many weddings, as well as other events. The website which particularly reflects these uses can be seen by clicking here.

Click here to see the location map of Nanpantan Hall.

Nanpantan Hall, Nanpantan Road, Nanpantan, Loughborough, LE11 3YF.   Tel: 01509 239230

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