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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Women’s GFR Overnight & Day Workshop

Event Dates:  Saturday, May 2nd – Sunday, May 3rd


womens_day_smThis gathering for women who have requested ordination is our chance this Spring to rejoice in our shared commitment to the Three Jewels and the Triratna community. Puja, sangha, some share communal living and Dharma reflection will be our fare for the evening and day together. Hosted by Lilasiddhi, Dharmasuri, Amala and Khemavassika.

Please be sure to register by April 29th. We will need to know in order to plan meals, rooms, and to send any study materials ahead.

Led by: Lilasiddhi, Dharmasuri, Amala & Khemavassika
Times: 5pm Saturday, May 2nd – 3pm Sunday, May 3rd
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $125/$100/$80
Level: Mixed Order Member & Mitra Event
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, 2015 – Sunday, June 28, 2015
Register for this Event


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…)

Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday, August 6, 2015 – Sunday, August 9, 2015


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.

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: Bodhana & Lilasiddhi
Times: Thursday, Aug. 6th, 7pm – Sunday, Aug. 9th 2pm
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.

Transcendental Principle Retreat

Event Dates: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 to Sunday, August 23, 2015


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Please note: This retreat is not open to the public. This GFR (Going For Refuge) retreat is for women in the ordination process only.

Pre-requisites: This retreat is for women who are in the ordination preparation process for the Triratna Buddhist Order. This is the most advanced of all the Going for Refuge retreats and therefore we have prerequisites in a way that we don’t for other Going for Refuge retreats:
• Two years of Mitra study
• At least one Going for Refuge retreat
• Good knowledge and reflection of the Dharma
OR: Recommendation of your Mitra convener or study leaders.

Registration deadline: August 2. A $100 deposit is needed at the time of registration.

Payment information: Our registration system is set up to take one payment per event. Because many people need to pay for this retreat in installments, we will be using a combination of our registration system and Paypal so that you do not need to pay for the entire retreat all at once.
When you register you can pay in full at one of the three price levels listed above, or you can pay a $100 deposit. If you choose the $100 deposit option, we will send you a link to a Paypal payment page and you can pay your balance through Paypal. The full balance must be received by August 16.

Preparation: You must prepare for study prior to the retreat by reading thoroughly, looking up any dharma terms you don’t know and taking notes. You should bring a summary of each section with you. Ideally you will also take part in one of the face to face or online study groups on the text.
We will be studying Chapter One of the Survey of Buddhism by Sangharakshita. Required background reading is the paper Revering and Relying on the Dharma by Subhuti. You can find that paper on buddhistcenter.com or Subhuti’s website.

About the Survey:
In the mid 1950’s, a time when Buddhist scholarship was still in its infancy and communication between the various traditions was rare, Sangharakshita composed a lucid and practical exposition of Buddhism. He presents Buddhism as a unifying principle and also shows how that principle is applied in our lives. Buddhism is oriented around the principle of Conditioned Co Production and an actualization of the transcendent state of awareness, which is an unambiguous experience of that principle. In this book we are exposed to the mind of a young Sangharakshita who is in a process of taking in the traditions of Buddhism from every angle at his disposal. With inspiration and creative intellect he confidently embraces and expounds the path of freedom and happiness which flows throughout Buddhism. This book teaches a transcendental Buddhist principle, as well as describing how we can most effectively begin our approach to learning. Through becoming acquainted with that principle, we can begin to imagine and perhaps experience it as a force for personal and social transformation and liberation.

Led by: The US and Canadian Women’s GFR Retreat Team
Times: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12th – 11:00 a.m. Sunday, August 23rd
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: $685/550/420  or $100 Deposit at sign up
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.

Gateways to Buddha Realms, a Mandala Retreat

Event Dates: Sunday, October 11, 2015 – Friday, October 16, 2015


5-buddha-mandala-alokaOn this retreat we will experience a mandala of practices and approaches to enter the Buddha realms. Practices will include meditation, study and exploration of teachings, devotion and ritual, in a container of silence and contemplation. We hope to engage body, speech and mind fully, so that we become more thoroughly integrated and effective in our practice.

We will explore the symbols and teachings of the Mandala of the Five Buddhas and utilize the stupa on the grounds at Aryaloka as a focus of our Mandala practice. Buddhas are not just images in two or three dimensions; the retreat will be designed in multiple dimensions to help us break out of convention limited view.

The Five Buddhas each express a particular enlightened quality, which we will approach through meditation and reflection. Each of the Buddhas, and each section of the stupa, connects to one of the Elements also. We will especially learn how to connect to the different energies in ourselves: the stability of Earth, fluidity of Water, expansiveness of Air, and so on.

The retreat is for practitioners who have developed a regular practice of meditation and who are interested in exploring the vast world of Buddhist symbolism. Prior retreat experience is helpful, though not a requirement for attendance.

Led by Amala, long time practitioner and devotee of the Five Jinas. She has been exploring imagery and symbolism and multi-dimensional forms of practice since her college days when she pulled her interest in these things into a degree in Religious Studies. More recently, Amala was part of the team who brought the stupa to Aryaloka.

Led by: Dh. Amala
Times: 7pm Sunday, Oct. 11th – 3pm Friday, Oct. 16th
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $390/330/270
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, November 4, 2015 – Sunday, November 10, 2015


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.

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: Fri. Nov. 4th 7:00 p.m. – Sun. Nov. 10th 2:00 p.m.
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: Saturday, December 26, 2015 – Thursday, December 31, 2015


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.

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.

Led by: Dh. Sravaniya
Times: 7pm Saturday, Dec. 26th – 1pm Thursday, Dec. 31st
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $390/330/270
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.