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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Introduction to Noble Silence Weekend Retreat

Event Dates: Thursday March 12 – Sunday March 15, 2015
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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. (more…)

Awakening to Spring: Yoga and Meditation retreat

Event Dates: Friday March 20 – Sunday March 22, 2015
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Just in time for Spring: Open your heart and rejuvenate your body with a weekend retreat in peaceful surroundings. Yoga sessions will include both active sessions that promote strength and flexibility and restorative sessions that foster relaxation and mindfulness. Meditation sessions will focus on the metta bhavana (loving-kindness meditation), which deepens our loving connection with ourselves and others. Whether you are just learning yoga or meditation, or have been practicing for many years, the instruction will be tailored to your level.

The weekend will also offer time for artistic exploration, walks on Aryaloka’s beautiful grounds, and simply relaxing with friends. 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 sessions will be taught by Judy Wall, who has been teaching yoga for 20 years. Judy specializes in gentle and restorative yoga and is working toward her 500 hour Yoga Therapy certification through Yoga Fit.

Meditation sessions will be led by Shrijnana, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order who has been meditating for 25 years.

 

Led by: Judy Wall, Shrijnana, and Arjava
Times: 7:00 pm 3/20 – 1:00 pm 3/22
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.

Mindful Eating Retreat: After The First Bite

Event Dates: Friday March 27 – Sunday March 29, 2015
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mindfuleating_smYou 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. (more…)

The Encounter with Prince Abhaya: A Weekend Retreat for Men

Event Dates: Friday, April 17th – Sunday, April 19th


PaintingIn one of the early Buddhist scriptures, Prince Abhaya challenged the Buddha by posing this question: “Lord, would the Tathagata say words that are unendearing & disagreeable to others?” The Buddha turned this challenge into a discourse on skillful speech now known as the Abhaya Sutta.

On this weekend retreat we have a fantastic and rare opportunity to join with other men in the sangha for a weekend of invigorating study, practice, and friendship.  We’ll explore the Abhaya Sutta in depth together and see what it has to say about skillful speech.

 

Led by: Vidhuma, Narottama, and Satyada
Times: 7pm April 17th – 3pm April 19th
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $240/$200/$160
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.

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 – Sunday June 28, 2015
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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…)