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!

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Opening to the Heart’s Wisdom Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 3, 2016 – Sunday, June 5, 2016


MettaUnfolds__sm“May my heart always be open to little birds” – EE Cummings

An intensive meditation weekend inviting the heart to be open and listening deeply to what it is trying to tell us. Just sitting with the wisdom of the heart, we are breathing in the world and breathing out our influence on the world, allowing the mysterious process of the bodhichitta to manifest in our experience. Come along and find out where your heart will take you. This meditation weekend retreat is open to those with previous experience of meditation.

About Yashobodhi

YashobodhiAt her ordination in 2005, Yashobodhi was active in the Amsterdam Buddhist Centre where she wrote two books on Buddhism and edited a Dutch Buddhist magazine. She is a lively and inspired dharma teacher with a special love for the perfection of wisdom. She currently teaches at the West London Buddhist Centre where she is the women’s mitra convenor.

 

Led by: Dh. Yashobodhi
Times: 7pm Friday, June 3rd – 2pm June 5th
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $275/220/170
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.

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, June 17, 2016 – Monday, June 27, 2016


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This 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. The five precepts are ethical guidelines that bring about peace and harmony to the world.

This retreat is ideal for anyone who has an established meditation practice and is looking to bring their practice to a deeper level. Participants will need to be familiar with meditation forms and have a regular meditation practice on your own to work from.

The retreat will primarily be a silent meditative experience. The retreat space is for silence of body speech and mind. Participants will have the opportunity for daily, individual conversations with retreat leaders about their meditation practice.

Meals will be light and snacks will be provided. After a brief introduction, and a question and answer period the first evening, we will be in Noble Silence until the morning of the final day.

Led by: Bodhana, Karunasara & Lilasiddhi
Times: 7:00 p.m. Fri. June 17, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. Mon. June 27, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $750/600/470
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.

Summer Stillness Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, July 21, 2016 – Tuesday, July 26, 2016


summer-stillness_smSeveral days of stillness, silence, and meditation can be an important means to deeper understanding of ourselves and the Dharma. Through reading and study, classes, and participation in sangha life, the Buddhist way of life gradually permeates. Retreat time helps our learning soak through to our core, so that we are more consistently and fully expressing kindness and wisdom in our lives.

On this retreat we will have several formal meditation sessions each day, including the practice of Mindfulness of Breathing, Metta Bhavana, open ‘formless’ meditations, and walking meditation. There will also be time during the day for personal contemplation, yoga practice, or deep rest.

Over the course of 5 days there will be one or two optional private meditation ‘reviews’ for each participant.
There will also be optional small-group check-ins twice during the retreat for those who find sharing their experience helps them to be conscious of the patterns and processes they are experiencing.
We will hear short poems of inspiration and will have chanting of mantras and/or offering of puja as we find them helpful.
We will be in silence for the duration of the retreat apart from these supportive sessions.

In silence we can hear our inner voice more clearly. In stillness we can see the ripples of our patterns and reactivity more distinctly. In meditation we can see ourselves holding on and letting go. In the simplicity of retreat we can set aside commitments and activities; we can let go of whatever hinders our way to peace and happiness and wisdom.

Enjoy sitting in the shrine room with the sounds of summer birds and insects. Discover the freedom of letting go into silence and stillness, within and all around.

This retreat is open to those with some meditation experience. Introductory meditation instruction is not offered on this retreat, however, guidance and support are available through the small group sharing sessions and the 1-1 reviews.

Retreat led by Dharmacharini Amala, an experienced meditation and Dharma teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community.

Led by: Dh. Amala
Times: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $450/360/285
Level: Open to those with some meditation experience
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.

Silence and Stillness – A One Day Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Saturday, August 20, 2016


buddhaatwindowCome and experience a day of quiet meditation on a long summer’s day. The Silence and Stillness retreat is a one day retreat dedicated to building a meditation practice. We will provide the time and space for growing a meaningful personal practice. This retreat is suitable for all levels, although most beneficial for anyone who has taken an Introduction to Meditation class. After the introductory portion of the day, we will be in silence, with light instruction, until the concluding discussion at the end of the day. There will be opportunities for individual meditation review meetings in the afternoon. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Led by: Dh. Khemavassika
Times: Saturday, August 20th 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale Price: $120/100/70
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.

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates:  Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, – Sunday, Aug 28, 2016


noblesilence_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.

The Noble Silence retreats are open to people who have already learned the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana or other meditation practices. Those brand new to meditation are recommended to attend our Living with Mindfulness weekend retreat or our Introduction to Meditation workshops and classes before registering for a Noble Silence retreat.

This retreat will be led by Bodhana and Lilasiddhi, members of the Triratna Buddhist Order who have led several Noble Silence retreats at Aryaloka. Simple vegetarian food will be served.

Led by: Dh. Bodhana & Dh. Lilasiddhi
Times:  7pm Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, – 2pm Sunday, Aug 28, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $260/220/180
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.

Yoga & Buddhism Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, September,  22, 2016– Sunday September, 25, 2016


photo credit: RelaxingMusic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/83905817@N08/7676579466)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.

Led by:  Lily Sibley
Times: Thu. 7:00 p.m Sept. 22, 2016– Sun. 12:00 p.m. Sept. 25, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $260/220/180
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.

Ethics to Insight: Women’s Going For Refuge Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, October 14, 2016 – Wednesday, October 26, 2016


womens_day_sm*Please Note: This retreat is open only to women currently in the Ordination Process for the Triratna Buddhist Order.*

“It is quite important to be sure within oneself whether one is really leading a moral life or just respecting the prejudices of the group within which one happens to be.” (Sangharakshita)

We will explore the relationship between our actions, our speech and our minds, and what it means for us to take on the ten precepts at ordination. We also will experience the practice of confession and how that helps us unfold to our greater potential.

Study Preparation:
We will be studying 2 main texts: Living Ethically and The Ten Pillars, by Sangharakshita.
Another book you may find useful as background reading is Not About Being Good by Subhadramati. We would also like you to read the paper Revering and Relying on the Dharma.

Payment Instructions:

Deposit: Below please pay $100 to hold your spot for the retreat.

Sliding Scale after deposit is paid: $800/$620/$500
Pay retreat balance here

Led by: North American Women’s GFR Retreat Team
Times: 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2016 – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: $100 Deposit to hold your spot. Sliding Scale after deposit: $800/$620/$500 (Please pay remaining balance though link above.)
Level: Open only to women currently in the Ordination Process for the Triratna Buddhist Order.
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: Wednesday, November, 16, 2016 – Tuesday, November, 22, 2016


noble_silence3_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.

Participants will have the opportunity for daily, individual conversations with retreat leaders about their meditation practice.

Meals will be light and snacks will be provided. After a brief introduction, and a question and answer period the first evening, we will be in Noble Silence until the morning of the final day.

Led by: Bodhana, Karunasara & Lilasiddhi
Times: 7:00 p.m. Wed. Nov. 16, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. Tue. Nov. 22, 2016
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $695/475/365
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.

Sublime Composure: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, December 2, 2016 – Sunday, December 4, 2016


path-of-practice_smWith yoga and meditation we can cultivate a beautiful tranquility in the body and heart. We will explore how each practice enriches the other, contributing to a sustained calm that can change the way we live and our perception of the world around us.

Suitable both for beginners and experienced practitioners, we will learn the ancient Buddhist meditation practice of mindfulness of breathing, and the subtlety of practicing Ashtanga Yoga, focusing on pranayama, the Ashtanga asana sequence, modifications, and a period of learning about adjustments – both personal and hands on. There will be several sessions of each practice throughout the day, with plenty of breaks and time for discussion.

Led by: Lona Kovacs and Dh. Suddhayu
Times: 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 2nd – 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4th
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $275/220/170
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.