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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The 3-Steps to Mindful Eating Retreat

Event Dates: Friday, February 16, 2018 – Sunday, February 18, 2018


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.

This weekend retreat will also discuss three common obstacles to mindfulness and mindful eating and three helpful tools to overcome them.
The retreat is open to anyone interested in cultivating mindfulness in daily life, or around food and eating in particular. Some prior experience of mindfulness meditation is helpful but not necessary for participation.

If you have specific allergies, issues, or conditions relating to food and eating, please inform the Aryaloka staff when you register. All meals will be prepared on-site and staying in residence at Aryaloka for the weekend is recommended.

Special note: This workshop has been approved for 20 CEU for Registered Dietitians.

The leader for the weekend is Megrette Fletcher.

Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed, RD, CDE is an internationally recognized expert on mindful eating who helped co-found The Center for Mindful Eating, www.TCME.org. Megrette is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. She is the co-author of two books including Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, believes that mindfulness practice is an essential part of health, and has maintained a daily meditation practice since 1999.

Led by: Megrette Fletcher
Times: 2pm Friday, February 16th – 3pm Sunday, February 18th
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $285/230/180
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.

The Journey and the Guide – An Intensive Exploration

Event Dates: Thursday, July 26 – Sunday, July 29, 2018


On this retreat we’ll explore the fundamental question ‘How do we make the most of our life?’ From the Buddhist perspective the answer to this question is to make progress towards Enlightenment – the quintessence of wisdom, energy and love. But what does that really mean and how, in practice, do we make progress? We’ll explore these questions and try to find direct answers to them using meditation, seminars on the Buddha’s teachings, discussion and ritual. The retreat is led Maitreyabandhu, author of the best selling book Life with Full Attention (Windhorse) as well as The Journey and the Guide. Maitreyabandhu lives and works at the London Buddhist Centre, UK. He has been ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order for 27 years and has published three books on Buddhism as well as two collections of poetry.

Register online.

To register by phone, call the office during office hours 9 am – 3 pm M-F, 603-659-5456.

Led by: Maitreyabandhu
Times: 7:00 p.m. Thurs. July 26, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. Sun. July 29, 2018
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $330/265/175
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.

Unearthing the Buddha, Men’s Dharma Weekend

Event Dates: June 21, 2019 – June 23, 2019


What Keeps us in the Dark?

One of the great metaphors of spiritual practice is the image of illumination: of moving out of the constricting darkness of ignorance to the infinite light of wisdom. This retreat will explore that metaphor through rich discussion and meditation practice, as well as meaningful ritual. The weekend will be built around the myth of emergence with rituals to support the theme and engage the imagination. Participants will live as a community, creating a space of liberative practice.

The ritual space that we’ll be creating will form a mandala around a project that has been waiting to happen. Some of you know that there have been several large stone Buddhas hidden away in the barn for several years. On this retreat, we will be ritually installing some or all of them at several sites on the property. Participants can assist in this process in a variety of ways, and will not be expected to engage in heavy labor! So don’t hesitate if you don’t feel physically up to it, as there will be many ways to participate. This is not a working weekend: It is a weekend of friendship, myth and ritual that will have a lasting effect on the terrain at Aryaloka, and the internal wilderness of us all.

Happily, this weekend takes place over the Summer Solstice and we will enjoy the longest day of the year together!

 

Register for the event here

To register by phone call 603-659-5456.

Led by: Order Team
Times: Friday, June 21, 7pm to Sunday, June 23, 2 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/$230/$155
Level: Open to all Men
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

This intensive retreat creates an atmosphere conducive to extended meditation with the fewest external distractions. Retreat participants will have minimal 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 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.

This retreat is suitable for people who already have a meditation practice and are looking to deepen their experience.

 

To register online, click here.

To register by phone please call 603-659-5456.

Detail from scroll painting by Xia Chang, Clear Wind on the Qi River, early Ming Dynasty

Led by: Dh. Amala, Dh. Narottama and Dh. Sunada
Times: Thursday July 18th 2019, 7pm to Sunday July 21st 2019, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $330/$265/$175
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.

Eight Verses for Training the Mind: A Retreat for Mitras and Order Members

Event Dates: August 2-4, 2019


Eight Verses for Training the Mind: A Retreat for Mitras and Order Members – led by Dh. Dhammarati

“By thinking of all sentient beings
As more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel
For accomplishing the highest aim,
I will always hold them dear.”

The Seven Point Mind Training verses recommend that we ‘train with slogans’. This is the approach of the Indo-Tibetan Lojong tradition: the short, pithy and profound verses give us a bridge that helps us take our deepest meditation experiences into the rest of our lives. On this weekend we’ll be looking at the ‘Eight Verses for Training the Mind’, one of the most accessible of these Lojong texts, and the inspiration for Geshe Chekwa’s (longer) Seven Point Mind Training. We’ll also explore the related Bodhicitta practice, the meditation which underpins the eight verses.

Click here to register, or call 659-5456.

Find more on the Training Verses here.

Led by: Dh. Dhammarati
Times: Friday, August 2, 7pm to Sunday, August 4, 2 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/230/155
Level: Open to Mitras and Order Members Only
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.

Kindling the Fire | A Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Event Date/Time: Sept 6, 7pm – Sept 8, 2pm


Much of what we work with in spiritual life is the varied and sometimes unpredictable weather of our inner world. Finding consistent energy for yoga and meditation, as well as dealing with what comes up in practice, are challenges we all face. Sometimes we may feel blocked, scattered, or too rough around the edges to effectively integrate our practice into our lives.

The Brahma-Viharas (sublime abodes) are a series of meditation practices, common to Buddhism and the yogic tradition, that work directly with the energy of the heart. Through the cultivation of unconditional love, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity, we give ourselves the space to be with how we actually feel, to meet that with a kind awareness, and to find a greater capacity for positive emotion.

With traditional Ashtanga yoga, we will focus on breath synchronized movement to open the heart and produce an internal heat that detoxifies the muscles and organs. This results in improved circulation, a light, strong body, and a tranquil mind. We will also explore restorative hip opening and heart opening sequences, as well as yoga nidra – the powerful yogic sleeping meditation pose. Please bring your yoga mat, a bolster and yoga brick. Cushions and chairs for meditation are supplied.

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Led by: Dh. Suddhayu and Lona Kovacs
Times: Sept 6, 7pmthrough Sept 8, 2pm

From Samsara to Nirvana | How the Buddha’s Teachings on Conditionality Explain – Literally – Everything

Event Date/Time: Sept 27, 7pm – Sept 29, 2pm


imasmiṃ sati idaṃ hoti
imass’ uppādā idaṃ uppajjati
imasmiṃ asati idaṃ na hoti
imassa nirodhā idaṃ nirujjhati

This being, that becomes.
From the arising of this, that arises.
This not being, that doesn’t become.
From the ceasing of this, that ceases.

“Wonderful, Lord, marvelous, Lord, is the depth of this causal law and how deep it appears. And yet I reckon it as ever so plain.”

“Say not so. Ananda. say not so! Deep indeed is this causal law, and deep indeed it appears. It is through not knowing, not understanding, not penetrating, that doctrine, that this generation has become entangled like a ball of string, and covered with blight, like munia grass and rushes, unable to overpass the doom of the waste, the woeful way, the downfall. the constant faring on.”

I feel for Ananda. At first sight, the Buddha’s teaching of ‘conditionality’ can seem pretty plain and obvious. And yet, seen in its depths, it’s a profound statement about the reality we inhabit and is therefore foundational to everything the Buddha said and taught.

Conditionality explains how the universe works — from the mightiest galaxy to our human networks and interactions. It affirms the value of spiritual effort. It offers an organic rationale for ethics. It’s woven into every experience, every moment of our lives as we create the reality, the ‘conditioned existence’, we believe we’re inhabiting – and a ‘me’ who is inhabiting it.

With short talks, group discussion and meditation we’ll explore the dimensions on which conditionalty can be seen to operate. Let’s enjoy some time together and see if we can touch those depths for ourselves.
*participants should be familiar with the mindfulness of breathing and loving kindness meditations*

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Led by: Dh. Nagabodhi
Times: Sept 27, 7pmthrough Sept 29, 2pm