Retreats

Retreat gives us an opportunity to slow everything down and spend time reflecting on what is most important to us. Aryaloka offers frequent weekend retreats and periodic weeklong retreats. Expand your horizons; step to a new level. Come on retreat!

Upcoming Retreats:

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Living Compassion: Order/Mitra Retreat

Event Dates: Friday May 16, 2014 – Sunday May 18, 2014

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livingcompassion_smThis retreat is an excellent chance for Order members and mitras to spend some extended time with each other on retreat and discuss practicing compassion.  The weekend will be led by visiting Order member Shantigarbha, an expert in Non-Violent Communication and the leader of several events on this topic at Aryaloka in past years. The focus of the retreat will be, “How do we really live compassion in our lives?” and will include the following elements:

•    Meditation sessions including guided reflections and open sits.
•    Exercises drawn from Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to bring empathy and compassion into our everyday lives and relationships.
•    Stories from the life of the Buddha: How did he embody empathy? How did he make empathy the basis of ethics and compassion?
•    How do we develop empathy for those we love and extend it even to our enemies? (more…)

Mindful Eating Retreat: After the First Bite

Event Dates: Friday May 30, 2014 – Sunday June 1, 2014

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firstbite_smYou can bring the power of mindfulness into your life by engaging in the practice of mindful eating. To transform your mind, health, and life, learn how to use three steps with food and the act of eating, using 2500-year-old wisdom from the Buddhist tradition.

The three steps include checking in, noticing aspects of our experience, and bringing kindness to whatever arises. These three steps can transform any meal into something that goes beyond the nutrients on the plate. The act of eating mindfully can change neural pathways, allowing new behaviors to emerge.

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Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday June 5, 2014 – Sunday June 8, 2014

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Yoga

Yoga and Buddhism may be described as complex spiritual traditions, each teaching us about ourselves and our way in the world. Both traditions, while drawing upon mind and body practices, turn our attention inward, paving the way to a path of awareness and awakening.

In this retreat there will be a weaving together of the similarities and differences of these practices. There will be an invitation to explore how the practices of Yoga and Buddhism can foster mindfulness, calmness, wisdom, kindness, and compassion.

Although not required, some experience with yoga postures and Buddhist traditions will be helpful. The retreat will be experiential, with appropriate times of silence, delicious vegetarian meals, and rest.

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Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday June 25, 2014 – Wednesday July 2, 2014

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Intensive Noble Silence RetreatThis intensive retreat creates an atmosphere conducive to extended meditation with the fewest external distractions. Retreat participants will have no responsibilities during their time here so they can focus completely on their meditation practice. An emphasis on the collective aspect of practice using the five precepts is woven into the fabric of this retreat.

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