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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Winter Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday December 26, 2014 – Tuesday December 30, 2014

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nordic2_smTis the season to be still! Tis the season to reflect!

As we enter the depths of winter we will use the opportunity of this end of year retreat to do two things: We will simply enjoy days of shared stillness, deep silence and meditation, and we will quietly reap the benefits this will inevitably bring. (more…)

Kalyana Mitrata: A Retreat for the Portland, Boston, and NYC sanghas

Event Dates: Friday January 16, 2015 – Monday January 19, 2015

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kalyanamitra_smAs the Buddha explained to Ananda spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life. We will explore through talks, study, discussion and small groups how friendship impacts our practice and how it relates to our everyday lives. We will connect with each other through meditation, open discussion, and devotional practice. And of course, as always, we will practice together in the spirit of sangha with friendship as the main focus. (more…)

Nordic Nirvana Retreat

Event Dates: Friday February 6, 2015 – Sunday February 8, 2015

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nordicnirvana_smPack your cross country skis or snowshoes to experience the awe of Aryaloka’s winter stillness and beauty. Scheduled to fall on the full moon, this weekend retreat will be a delicious mix of playing in the snow, meditation, periods of noble silence, and small group discussion – all in the context of cultivating mindfulness and gratitude. Akashavanda will share her favorite (secret!) place for a moonlit excursion in the woods and Arjava will share his culinary gifts in the kitchen. (more…)

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday March 12, 2015 – Sunday March 15, 2015

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intronoblesilence_smOn this weekend retreat we will be exploring the practice of Noble Silence – stillness of body, speech, and mind – and learning how to bring stillness into our daily lives. If you are considering attending a longer, multi-day Noble Silence retreat, this event would be an excellent introduction. It will give you an idea of what to expect on the longer retreat and also what you may encounter as you go deeper within your practice. (more…)

Awakening to Spring: Yoga and Meditation retreat

Event Dates: Friday March 20, 2015 – Sunday March 22, 2015

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yogaretreatJust in time for Spring: Open your heart and rejuvenate your body with a weekend retreat in peaceful surroundings.  Yoga sessions will include both active sessions that promote strength and flexibility and restorative sessions that foster relaxation and mindfulness. Meditation sessions will focus on the metta bhavana (loving-kindness meditation), which deepens our loving connection with ourselves and others. Whether you are just learning yoga or meditation, or have been practicing for many years, the instruction will be tailored to your level.

The weekend will also offer time for artistic exploration, walks on Aryaloka’s beautiful grounds, and simply relaxing with friends. Participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

Yoga sessions will be taught by Judy Wall, who has been teaching yoga for 20 years. Judy specializes in gentle and restorative yoga and is working toward her 500 hour Yoga Therapy certification through Yoga Fit.

Meditation sessions will be led by Shrijnana, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order who has been meditating for 25 years.

 

Led by: Judy Wall, Shrijnana, and Arjava
Times: 7:00 pm 3/20 – 1:00 pm 3/22
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $240/200/160
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page
* At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

* Retreat participants are asked to work together to prepare and clean up after meals and to help with general cleanup at the end of the retreat.

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Mindful Eating Retreat: After The First Bite

Event Dates: Friday March 27, 2015 – Sunday March 29, 2015

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mindfuleating_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. (more…)

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday June 19, 2015 – Sunday June 28, 2015

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noblesilence_smThis 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. (more…)