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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Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday March 12 – 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…)

Mindful Eating Retreat: After The First Bite

Event Dates: Friday March 27 – 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…)

The Encounter with Prince Abhaya: A Weekend Retreat for Men

Event Dates: Friday, April 17th – Sunday, April 19th


Men's DayThis weekend retreat for men will be devoted to the theme, In Harmony with Friends and Brethren. We will include the Prince Abhaya Sutta from the Pali Canon as one part of a broader theme of maintaining harmony with those close to us. We will be exploring the importance of like-minded companions in living a spiritual life and how this network of friends can build and maintain a vital spiritual community. The importance of communication, of support, of mutual inspiration will all be part of this weekend of study and meditation. If you are an experienced male sangha member and are looking for a retreat to deepen your practice this retreat is for you!

 

Led by: Vidhuma, Narottama, and Satyada
Times: 7pm April 17th – 3pm April 19th
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $240/$200/$160
Level: Experienced
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.

Compassionate Presence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, May 22, 2015 – Sunday May 24, 2015


MeditationThis retreat is an excellent chance for sangha members to spend some extended time with one another on retreat and discuss practicing compassion. The weekend will be led by visiting Triratna 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?

Led by: Shantigarbha
Times: Friday, 7:00 p.m.- Sunday 2:00 p.m.
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.

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday June 19 – 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…)