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.

Spring Retreat: Deep Ecology and Elemental Transformation – Now Online!

Event Dates: May 29, 30 and 31 (see details below)


During these times of ‘staying at home’ and physical distancing there are nonetheless many ways to experience interconnectedness. Buddhist teachings help us understand how our existence is contingent upon the existence of infinite other beings and elements. We truly do not live alone. Every one of us is a ‘fruit’ or a coalescence of countless conditions and processes arising together. How amazing!

On this retreat we will explore interconnectedness through the six traditional elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space, and Consciousness. We’ll contemplate and experience the qualities of each element ‘out there’ and within ourselves. We’ll learn the Stupa meditation practice based on the elements; this practice helps us to feel whole, connected, and integrated within ourselves and with the world. In truth, there is no boundary or difference between ‘in here’ and ‘out there’. It is also possible to glimpse the boundless and limitless dimensions of reality through deep contemplation of the elements.

Shall we go there together?

Experience of connectedness encompasses a vast continuum of what it is to be alive. We may become more attuned to the practical details of what and how we eat, how we as humans are supported by the earth’s resources, why our actions matter. One of the sessions will focus on practical aspects of how we live and how we can support the health of this interconnected system.

‘Just as the earth and other elements are of service to the infinite number of beings inhabiting limitless space, so may I become that which maintains all beings situated throughout space so long as all have not attained to peace.’

The retreat takes place on Zoom in five 2 hour sessions over one weekend. All times EST, however participation from other time zones is welcome if it is possible for you.

Friday May 29, 6-8pm

Saturday May 30, 9-11am and 6-8pm

Sunday May 31, 9-11am and 6-8pm

There will be suggested ‘elemental’ outdoor activities to do in between the times we are together online. Participation in all five sessions is ideal, however if you cannot make all five, please contact me and we’ll work something out: Amala@aryaloka.org.

The retreat is led by Dharmacharini Amala. She finds the merging of Buddhist teachings with element-based practices particularly inspiring and has led numerous retreats and courses around the theme.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. We’ll send the Zoom link for the event just prior.

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Amala
Times: May 29, 30 and 31 (see times above)
Venue: Online
Fee: By Donation $1-$200 suggested
Level: Open to All
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.

Mindful Eating and Yoga Retreat – Now Online!

Event Dates: Self-paced, the month of June 2020


Mindful eating changes how the brain works by changing neural pathways that can transform your mind, health, and life! Now you can learn about mindful eating from the comfort of your home. You can join Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed, RD, CDE and Kathleen Costello, MS, DC, two mindfulness professionals, as they describe a way to bring mindfulness from an abstract idea to your next meal. Learn how to use mindfulness with food and movement using 2500-year-old wisdom from the Buddhist tradition by participating in this self-paced online retreat.

Experience how any meal can become a centering act, nourishing the body in ways that go beyond the nutrients on the plate. The online retreat will allow you to practice being mindful with food, engage in movement to support self-care, self-kindness, health, joy, and peace.

This program discusses three common obstacles to mindfulness and mindful eating and provides three helpful tools to overcome them. It is open to anyone interested in cultivating mindfulness in daily life, around food and eating, and movement in particular. Experience of mindfulness meditation or yoga is not necessary for participation.

Online Program

This program will be available for the month of June; participants can proceed at their own pace. The link will be sent June 1st upon registration.

8 Modules which offer video instruction

Handouts

Worksheets

Self-paced mindful eating, meditation, and gentle movement activities

What participants have said about the workshop:

“As a dietitian and CDE, I wholeheartedly recommend this workshop. It amplified my understanding of Mindful Eating concepts and gave me practical tools to use with my patients.” -Caitlin Troklus, MS, RD, CDE

“I really loved the workshop. I got so much out of it.” Judy Sloan

About the instructors:

Megrette Fletcher M.Ed., RD, CDE is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator. She is a co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating and author of five weight-neutral mindful eating books. She lives and works in New Hampshire and has been meditating on a regular basis since 1999

Kathleen Costello MS, DC, is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a background in positive psychology, Integrative Nutrition, mindful movement and meditation. Kathleen studied Hatha yoga in Nasik, India, and has been teaching yoga since 2007. She is an avid meditator with a daily sitting pratice since 2009. She is passionate about empowering others on their journey of health and self-discovery. She practices Network Spinal care in New Hampshire.

*If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite, you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements.

Register for the event here

Led by: Megrette Fletcher and Kathleen Costello
Times: Self-paced the month of June 2020
Venue: Online
Fee: Suggested Donation $1-$300
Level: Open to All
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.

Dhyana, Step by Step | a weekend retreat with Bodhipaksa – NOW ONLINE

Event Dates: June 27 and 28, 9:30am-12:30pm (EDT)


This event will take place on Zoom on Saturday and Sunday morning, 9:30 to 12:30 both days.

You’ve probably been given very specific instructions on how to develop mindfulness. You’ve probably received very clear direction in how to cultivate loving-kindness. But dhyana — even although it’s considered to be the basis of Awakening itself — is usually left to chance. Sometimes it happens to us out of the blue, and we’re not entirely clear how. More often it remains elusive, to the point where we start thinking of it as something only a few “expert” meditators experience.

But what if there was a simple, step-by-step way to let dhyana arise? On this weekend retreat Bodhipaksa will break down the components of the dhyana experience and introduce a step-by-step approach to cultivating it. You may or may not experience dhyana on this retreat, but you’ll certainly move in that direction and will come away with a whole new bunch of meditation skills!

If you’d prefer not to book through Evenbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

painting detail from Fahai Temple mural, China

Register for the event here

Led by: DH Bodhipaksa
Times: June 27 and 28, 9:30am to 12:30pm both days
Venue: Zoom
Fee: By Donation $1-$200 suggested
Level: Experienced
Directions: N/A

Intensive Noble Silence Retreat

Event Dates: July 15, 7pm to July 19, 2pm


Listen to the sound of water
In the clefts and in the gullies:
The tiny streams gurgle loudly
— Mighty waters flow in silence.
From the Nalaka Sutta

This retreat provides a safe and supportive space to practice meditation in an atmosphere of deep silence. There is an emphasis on the collective aspect of practice, with the Five Precepts woven into the fabric of the daily program.

This retreat is for experienced meditators only. There is no meditation instruction provided, and all practice sessions are unguided. After the first day of introductions and discussions to get everyone started, we will be in Noble Silence until the morning of the final day. Participants are asked to be self-directed for the duration. There will also be opportunities for individual conversations with retreat leaders if desired.

Work responsibilities are kept to a minimum so that participants can focus on their practice. There will be some light kitchen duties, such as helping to serve meals and clean up.

While meditation is considered safe for healthy people, there are some for whom caution is advised. If this is your first time on an intensive meditation retreat, and you are dealing with emotional issues such as depression, trauma, grief, or other psychological diagnoses, please contact the office to discuss whether this retreat is right for you.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456.

excerpt from the Nalaka Sutta trans. by Olendzki

painting detail ‘early autumn’ by Qian Xuan

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Amala, Dh Narottama and Dh Sunada
Times: July 15, 7pm to July 19, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $340/$260/$180
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.

Freedom Beyond Fear: The Dakini in the Cremation Ground | a Dharma Practice Weekend for Men

Event Dates: July 24, 7pm to July 26, 2pm


“When you are free from the concepts of meditator and meditation object and never lose sight of your innate nature, that is the sign that you have met the mother of luminosity”*

On this retreat we’ll focus on two potent symbols from the Vajrayana tradition: the Cremation Ground– a place where we face our fear, our mortality, our demons, and where courage and confidence arise; and the Dakini– the energies arisen and transformed in the cremation ground, wholly devoted and in full-blooded service to the Dharma.

Are you willing to enter the Cremation Ground and be transformed by (and into) the Dakini?

As our practice becomes more embodied through living out the great Wisdom teachings of the Buddhist tradition, we inevitably change and discover new dynamics within our inner worlds. We will encounter new experiences of emotional energy, meditative consciousness, and insight. Buddhist teaching has different ways of approaching and talking about these experiences. Some of these teachings appear more psychological in nature, whereas others utilize the language of poetry, myth and symbolism. The fascinating and deep symbolism that we discover in the Cremation Ground and the Dakini is a wonderful gateway into the deeper currents in our hearts.

We will explore these themes with a program of meditation, engaging discussion, and meaningful ritual. We will also be ritually installing the large, stone statue of the Dakini that was gifted to Aryaloka. (Participants are expected to cultivate their inner Dakini enough to lift the mighty statue easily into place, but if you’re having an off day there will be many ways to contribute to the placement of the statue that will not involve lifting!)

Lodging and vegetarian meals are included in the cost. Camping is welcome for those who prefer to tent. If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456.

*Edited excerpt from ‘Dakini Teachings’ – luminosity is a poetic rendering of Dharmata.

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Ananta and Dh Suddhayu
Times: July 24, 7pm to July 26, 2pm
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.