Event Dates: Saturday, January 30, 2016


3012_10153072294547924_6230684824411555163_nDo you want to open your heart? Work on back-bends, handstands and other fun inversions, even if you think you can’t do them? Deepen your meditation to cultivate a more heartfelt, profound, and insightful practice? Want to bring warmth and energy to your life? Join us for our annual Urban Retreat to immerse yourself in practices that cultivate openness, warmth and insight.

This day long retreat in the heart of winter will be led by Lona Kovacs and Dh. Suddhayu! We will explore yoga poses to open the heart and chest through traditional Ashtanga yoga, Intro to Intermediate Series, back bends and inversions. Dh. Suddhayu will be teaching the Brahma Vihara meditations for the cultivation of loving kindness, compassion, and joy.

This retreat is perfect if you have been wanting to work on handstands and arm balances, and a wonderful way to deepen your meditation practice!

This retreat is open to everyone, although some yoga experience may be helpful.

yoga_003 Lona Kovacs, registered yoga teacher, dietary consultant and clinical herbalist, has been practicing and teaching in her community for over twenty years. Lona maintains a daily yoga practice in the Ashtanga tradition. She founded, owned and  operated Green Lotus Yoga Ashtanga Yoga School from 2009-2015 and taught in the Dover, NH location since 2001. Lona has studied yoga all over the world, including India, and continues to immerse herself in practice every day. Lona is also a GFR Mitra in the Triratna Buddhist Order and is actively in the ordination process.  Read her full bio at www.greenlotusyoganh.com

meditation_workshop_2Dh. Suddhayu developed an interest in Eastern philosophy and meditation as a teenager. In 1992 he attended his first meditation retreat at Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center in Newmarket, NH. Soon after, he moved in to the residential community there, where he lived for the next eight years. During this time, he also lived in England for six months where he worked for a Buddhist Right Livelihood project, and attended a four month retreat in the mountains of Spain where he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. While at Aryaloka, he introduced hundreds of people to the practice of meditation and the teachings of the Buddha. In the new century, Suddhayu married Lona Kovacs and began work as the greenhouse manager for the Flower Company in Kittery, ME. In 2009 he helped expand that business by cultivating the surrounding fields to grow vegetables, thus founding Touching Earth Farm, a CSA responsible for feeding over eighty households. In 2011, Suddhayu assisted in the founding of the Portsmouth Buddhist Center, where he also teaches.

Led by: Lona Kovacs and Dh. Suddhayu
Times: Saturday, January 30, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $120/100/80
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.