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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Men’s GFR Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, September 9, 2016 – Sunday, September 18, 2016


Triratna logoThe 2016 Men’s Going for Refuge Retreat will take place on Friday, Sept. 9th – Sunday, Sept. 18th.

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

Payment Instructions:

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

Sliding Scale after deposit is paid:$420/$320/$230
Pay retreat balance here

Led by: Dh. Viradhama, Dh. Nagabodhi, Dh. Dhammarati (North American Men’s GFR Retreat Team)
Times: Friday, Sept. 9th – Sunday, Sept. 18th
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee:  Deposit: Below please pay $100 to hold your spot for the retreat. Sliding Scale after deposit is paid: $420/$320/$230
Level: Open only to Men 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.

Sublime Composure: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, September 23, 2016 – Sunday, September 25, 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, the weekend will intertwine periods of Buddhist mindfulness meditation and Ashtanga Yoga. The meditation practices will focus on awareness of the body as a doorway to insight. The yoga practices will focus 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. Sunada
Times: 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 23rd – 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25th
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.

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: $595/465/345
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: $595/465/345 (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.

Winter Meditation Retreat

Event Dates: December 23, 2016 – Saturday, December 31, 2016


winterretreat_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.

For those who want to, we will also engage in the practice of some structured reflections that are pertinent to the year’s end. We may, for example, get in touch with what has positively motivated and inspired us over the year, and how to strengthen those in the coming year. We may remind ourselves what our most heartfelt aspirations are and reconnect with them in ways that are helpful and non-judgmental. The practice of meditation will help us develop both the concentration and positivity that will allow meaningful and realistic ‘resolutions’ to emerge.

Most of all this retreat will offer the time and space to simply and quietly be with ourselves in the delightful presence of others and in the beautiful tranquility of Aryaloka.

Register with link below for the whole retreat from Friday, December 23rd – Saturday, 31st: Sliding Scale: $600/480/400

Please note: This year there is an optional arrival date, on Monday, Dec. 26th between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Click the link to register to come to the retreat from Monday, Dec. 26th – Saturday, Dec. 31st. The sliding scale prices for Dec. 26th – Dec. 31st are $450/360/300
Register for mid-retreat arrival here

Led by: Dh. Sravaniya & Dh. Suriyadhamma
Times: Full Retreat: 7pm Fri, Dec. 23rd – 1pm Sat, Dec. 31st. Optional Arrival Date: Mon, Dec. 26th from 1-4pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Full Retreat: $600/480/400  Optional Arrival Date: Sliding Scale: $450/360/300
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.