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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Event Dates: Saturday March 1, 2014 – Sunday March 2, 2014
Happy winter, ladies!
Prasannavajri and Karunasara are on the team for this overnight – just for female Order members and GFR women – that will begin at 5:00 p.m. following the Order/Mitra Day.
We’ll be exploring the first chapter of the Bodhicaryavatara - Praise of the Awakening Mind. We will have copies of the text (from the Kate Crosby and Andrew Skilton edition). Karunasara will talk about establishing a practice. We will all want to enhance our own practice after being inspired by the Order/Mitra Day and the readings from this text. There will be time in the shrine room, as well as time for sharing and exploring. We will conclude at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 2.
Please register here online or call the office.
Questions? Please contact Khemavassika or the Aryaloka office.
Event Dates: Thursday March 13, 2014 – Sunday March 16, 2014
On 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.
This retreat will be led by Bodhana, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order who has led several Noble Silence retreats at Aryaloka. Simple vegetarian food will be served.
Event Dates: Friday May 30, 2014 – Sunday June 1, 2014
You 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.
Event Dates: Thursday June 5, 2014 – Sunday June 8, 2014
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.
Event Dates: Wednesday June 25, 2014 – Wednesday July 2, 2014
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.