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.

Shutdown Samsara! An Everyday Path to Nirvana

Winter 2021


There are many opportunities in the Seacoast Area for online Dharma practice. As we continue to navigate the difficulties of pandemic shutdown, let’s shutdown the cycle of suffering with meditation, inspiring teachings, and loving community! This winter — break the wheel!

 

Aryaloka Tuesday Friends’ Evenings: The Buddha Then, Awakening Now — For the Winter of 2021 we’ll be exploring important themes from the life of the Buddha, discovering how his example informs and inspires our own journey now. The life of the Buddha holds themes that are timeless and universal in their relevance and application. Come discover how these ancient stories can unfold in the themes of your own life, revealing your own potential for Awakening! Click here to join any Tuesday, 7-8:30pm.

Portsmouth Buddhist Center Sunday Mornings: Samsara Hacks | Dharma for Everyday Life and Liberation — The teaching of the Buddha, known as the Dharma, is not meant for dusty bookshelves. The Dharma is a living practice that is renewed every moment in the minds and hearts of those who live by this wisdom. Samsara is the cycle of life and death in which we wander. Each week we’ll hear of favorite approaches to modern Dharma practice, finding ways to relieve suffering in ourselves and the world, to break the cycle of reactivity and discover the freedom that unfolds there. Click here to join any Sunday, 10-11am.

Transform Your Life With Meditation: A four-week online course on Monday evenings, Jan 11 to Feb 1, 6:30–8pm. Meditation practice helps us to develop contentment, clarity, integration, concentration, and a sense of peace. Whether you’re just looking to find some stillness in your life, or to directly explore the nature of consciousness, this class is a great way to begin! Click here for more info or to register.

Change Your Mind — Change the World | The practice of transforming mind, heart and community (East Coast Regional Retreat 2021 – Jan 15–18) Buddhism works because our minds are changeable. The Buddha taught that the mind is not a fixed thing; the mind is more like an ever moving and responding network of habits and processes. It is because of this fluidity, that we can approach our minds as a work-in-progress, or even as living art, shifting from limiting and painful habits to expansive and gladenning momentums. Click here for more info or to register.

A Retreat with Nagabodhi, Feb 20–21 (details coming)

* 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.

Change Your Mind — Change the World

Event Dates: Jan 15–18, 2021


Change Your Mind — Change the World |
The practice of transforming mind, heart and community; Regional Retreat 2021

Buddhism works because our minds are changeable. The Buddha taught that the mind was not a fixed thing; the mind was more like an ever moving and responding network of habits and processes. It is because of this fluidity, that we can approach our minds as a work-in-progress, or even as living art, shifting from limiting and painful habits to expansive and gladenning momentums.

Buddhist teaching contains different models for understanding the mind and how to work creatively with our thoughts and emotions to become more skilful and inspired in how we live. Key to this understanding is to acknowledge our interconnection with the world we live in. This relationship is as fundamental and crucial as our every breath, and includes the whole of our history, family heritage, work, friends, consumer choices, politics etc.

On this retreat we’ll be exploring some core teachings concerning the mind and how to work with it, as well as exploring the relationship between our inner world and the outer; how changes to our mind can change our relationships and communities. Each day will include meditation, talks, small group discussion and meaningful ritual.

This retreat is for Triratna sangha members in the New England Region including Lubec, Portland (Nagaloka), Portsmouth, Aryaloka, Boston and NYC.

Schedule: (all times EST)

Friday 6:30-8pm

Saturday and Sunday 10am-1pm with optional 6:30-8pm sessions

Monday 10am-1pm

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you can email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. This event is by donation, $50-$250 suggested. Please give what you can — Aryaloka is being supported solely by donations during the pandemic. A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the event.

TEAM-FACILITATED BY —

Dharmasuri, the name given in her 2006 ordination means “Heroine that embodies the path to Enlightenment.” Dharmasuri is actively involved with Nagaloka Buddhist Center www.nagalokabudhistcenter.org in Portland, Maine where she spends her summers. She is part of the Coordination Team that supports the training for women mitras who have asked for ordination in North America. In the winter months Dharmasari lives on Amelia Island in Florida where she enjoys quiet solitude, metalsmithing, painting and long walks.

Sunada was ordained in 2004 and given her name which means “beautiful, excellent sounding”. It’s a reflection not only of her love of music, but also of spreading the beautiful teachings of the dharma. In addition to offering events at Aryaloka, she also co-leads the Boston Sangha, which meets in Arlington MA. She is a Certified Instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and teaches public classes in the Boston area, and also coaches individual clients in living more mindful, purposeful lives (www.mindfulpurpose.com).

Sravaniya was ordained in 2003, having first encountered meditation and the FWBO (later the Triratna Buddhist Community) in the UK in 1978. His name, inspired by an episode in the biography of Milarepa, means “Delightful to listen to” or “Worthy of being heard.” Sravaniya works as a professional orchestral conductor and violinist, and co-facilitates the Boston Triratna group.

Suddhayu developed an interest in Eastern thought and meditation as a teenager. In 1992 he attended a life-changing meditation retreat at Aryaloka. Soon after, he moved to the residential community there, where he lived for the next eight years, exploring his love of Dharma, meditation and community. He 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. In the new century, Suddhayu married Lona Kovacs and co-founded Touching Earth Farm CSA and Portsmouth Buddhist Center. He has been teaching meditation and Buddhism workshops and leading retreats since 1998. He currently works full-time for Dharma initiatives as Chair at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center and Manager of Aryaloka.

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Led by: Team
Times: Jan 15–18
Venue: Zoom
Fee: By Donation $50-$250 suggested
Level: Intermediate
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.