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.

Our Liberation is Intertwined – Interrupting the Karmic Momentum of Racism

Event Dates: Aug 21-23 (times below)


An online retreat for Order members and Mitras

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Lilla Watson

(Watson has said of this quote that she was “not comfortable being credited for something that had been born of a collective process” and prefers that it be credited to “Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s).

Recently the Pan-American Chairs of Triratna published a statement about Black Lives Matter, as did the councils of the Portsmouth and Aryaloka Centers. We would like to offer our Order and Mitra community the opportunity to explore the topic of race in our lives, with the support of our practice and the Dharma. This is an invitation to co-create a space of learning, listening and bearing witness to one another. In particular, we might explore:

– how the concepts of vedana and samskara can support our understanding of implicit bias

– how practicing with the Two Truths and Form & Emptiness might illuminate the workings of social identities

– how the Four Noble Truths could be applied to the multi-layered suffering of racism

The program will be as follows:

Friday – Intro to the retreat + Puja to Liberation 6-8:30 (EDT)

Saturday – Meditation then Listening Circles 6-8:30pm (EDT)

Sunday – Listening Circles & Closing Meditation 6-8:30pm (EDT)

On Saturday and Sunday you will be invited to join small listening groups. One group will be reserved for BIPOC Order Members and mitras, facilitated by Manidha and others. The other groups will be for white and white presenting Order Members and mitras, facilitated by Suddhayu, Upayadhi and others.

We understand this structure might in some ways obscure the singular experiences of those who are racialized in ways beyond these categories, and that it does not encompass all the dimensions of our lived experience as socialized beings – such as class, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability, age and more. Still, we hope these Listening Circles will provide some support for our sangha at this time, as together we make a conscious effort to center the important topic of race, explore its complexity and impact, and how we can support each-other towards collective liberation.

If you would like to learn more about the practice of racial affinity groups, you might consult this resource, where Ruth King describes the value of this practice in Buddhist sanghas.

If you’d rather not book through Eventbrite, please email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. You’ll receive a Zoom link a day or two before the retreat. This is offered by donation, $25-$250 suggested.

Painting detail from Several Circles by Wassily Kandinsky

Led by: Order Team
Times: Aug 21-23 (times above)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Fee: Suggested Donation $25-$250
Level: Order/Mitra
Directions: N/A

* 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.