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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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.

Yoga and Meditation Weekend

Event Date/Time: Dec 13, 7pm – Dec 15, 2pm


Description

In yoga we seek to find suitable grounding and remain aware of the transitions we make through shifting poses, all the while keeping the breath alive and vital in our practice. So too in meditation we must stay grounded while being open to our changing experience, perhaps anchored by the sensations of the breath. For this weekend retreat we will blend the approaches of yoga and meditation to reach a deeper expression of each. All the while cultivating both inner and outer awareness.

The retreat leaders, Molly Schlangen and Dharmachari Satyada, appreciate the chance to work together to bring these opportunities for the integration of mind and body to the community. Please join us for this rejuvenating weekend.

 

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Led by: Molly Schlangen & Dh. Satyada
Times: Dec 13, 7pm through Dec 15, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $305/$230/$155
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.

Winter Stillness: The Diamond Sutra | a meditation retreat

Event Dates: Dec 26, 7pm to Dec 31, 2pm


Winter Stillness: The Diamond Sutra | a meditation retreat

“Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.”

The theme of this year’s Winter Stillness meditation retreat is the Diamond Sutra. The program is a relaxing yet invigorating mix of meditation, silence, ritual and reflection. We will not be studying the Diamond Sutra, rather we will be bringing it in to an environment of meditation and reflection. The Diamond Sutra has the capacity to confound the rational mind and our grasping at views; it is therefore a perfect compliment to intensive meditation practice. Annual tradtions such as the New Year purification fire (in our new fire pit!) will be maintained.

Image detail from Konjikido in Snow, Hiraizumi 1957

Register for the event here

To register by phone, call 603-659-5456 or email info@aryaloka.org.

Led by: Dh Suddhayu and Team
Times: Dec 26, 7pm to Dec 31, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $450/345/240
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.

Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love | Regional Sangha Retreat

Event Dates: January 17, 2019 – January 20, 2020


Join us for our annual gathering and celebration of sangha!

Cherish the Doctrine, Live United, Radiate Love – These are the words of Dhardo Rimpoche, a 20th century Tibetan master and one of Sangharakshita’s beloved teachers. Those who met him remember him warmly as a genuine living bodhisattva.

His message was simple enough that the little refugee children of the school he founded could understand it. Yet through the example of his life, he showed how profound it is for all of us to live by these principles. On this retreat, we’ll explore Dhardo Rimpoche’s message through meditation, talks, discussion, and connection with each other.

Now on its 11th year, this retreat was previously known as the Outlying Sanghas Retreat for the Portland, Boston, and New York sanghas exclusively. We now welcome all sangha members in the Northeast Region, including Aryaloka, Portsmouth, and Lubec, ME. Please join us in this annual celebration of Dharma-practice and sangha!

Register for the event here

If you would prefer not to register through Eventbrite, you may email info@aryaloka.org or call 603-659-5456 to make other arrangements.

Led by: Dh. Sunada, Dh. Sravaniya, Dh. Suddhayu
Times: January 17, 7pm to January 20, 2 pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $330/265/175
Level: Participants should be attendees of one of the Northeast region Triratna centers or groups, and have a basic familiarity with our practices
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.

Transitional States: Reflecting on the Six Bardos

Event Dates: February 7, 7pm to February 9, 2pm


It is natural for us to be curious about the process of dying, and to wonder what happens during and after death. In Buddhism, there are many different meditations, rituals and customs around death. One of the best known texts regarding the subject is attributed to Padmasambhava and written down by his primary disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal. Entitled Bardo Thodol, and translated as The Great Liberation Through Hearing (or more popularly as the Tibetan Book of the Dead), this text is considered a crucial Tibetan Buddhist scripture for the dying and recently deceased. It is also a most excellent guide for our journey through life – especially how we may live life more meaningfully and how we may follow the path to Enlightenment more deeply.

A Bardo is a space between, a transitional state, where one way of being has ended and the next one has not yet arisen. In these spaces there is tremendous potential for something significant and meaningful to arise. On this retreat we will explore these Bardos – namely that of the Bardo of Life (Birth), Dreams, Meditation, Moment Before Death, Death (Dharmata) and Becoming – by creating visual representations of each through using our imagination and the creative arts. The art workshops will be punctuated by the reading out of Buddhist teachings and poetry that draw out the subtlety and beauty of each of the Bardos. Meditation and ritual will frame the program to create a rich and supportive atmosphere of exploration.

This retreat is suitable for anyone with a basic meditation practice. No experience with creative arts is required. Art supplies will be provided, although if there are particular items you would like to bring, please feel free to do so. Lodging and vegetarian meals are included in the fee.

Image detail from The Green Lantern by Warwick Goble

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To register by phone, call 603-659-5456 or email info@aryaloka.org.

Led by: Dh Viriyalila
Times: Feb 7, 7pm to Feb 9, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/230/155
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.

Yoga and Meditation Weekend

Event Dates: Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23, 2020


In yoga we seek to find suitable grounding and remain aware of the transitions we make through shifting poses, all the while keeping the breath alive and vital in our practice. So too in meditation we must stay grounded while being open to our changing experience, perhaps anchored by the sensations of the breath. For this weekend retreat we will blend the approaches of yoga and meditation to reach a deeper expression of each. All the while cultivating both inner and outer awareness.

The retreat leaders, Molly Schlangen and Dharmachari Satyada, appreciate the chance to work together to bring these opportunities for the integration of mind and body to the community. Please join us for this rejuvenating weekend.

Click here to register online.

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

Led by: Molly Schlangen & Dh. Satyada
Times: February 21, 7pm to February 23, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $305/230/155
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: March 4, 7pm to March 8, 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

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Led by: Dh Amala and Dh Narottama
Times: March 4, 7pm to March 8, 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.

Milarepa the Enlightened Yogi, a retreat for Triratna Order Members

Event Dates: April 17, 7pm to April 23, 2pm


The focus of this meditation retreat will be on the extraordinary way of life of Milarepa. Milarepa’s clarity of vision has been a primary inspiration for Kamalashila. He’ll draw on his own experience of living in simplicity as a hermit and practising aspects of Milarepa’s approach.

We will form a community, focused on practice, supporting one another. With study and discussion for the first few days, and then a period of silent practice. Who knows what will come up? According to Milarepa, if it has reference points, it is not the view; if there’s dullness and agitation, it’s not meditation. If there’s adopting and rejecting, it is not (right) conduct; if there are concepts, it is not yoga. If there is dawning and waning, it is not wisdom. If there is birth and death, it’s not Buddhahood. Some of this could be very relevant!

We will be spending a period each day going through The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (the new translation by Christopher Stagg) and some time meditating based on what arises from the text.

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

Image detail of Milarepa by the 10th Karmapa

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Led by: Dh Kamalashila
Times: Apr 17, 7pm to Apr 23, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $510/390/270
Level: Triratna Order Members
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.

Milarepa: Transformation in the Wilderness

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


Studying, contemplating and meditating on the Dharma according to the Tibetan yogi Milarepa.

Please join us as we welcome guest-teacher Dh Kamalashila for an engaging weekend of meditation and Dharma reflection with the works of the great Buddhist master Milarepa!

A message from Kamalashila: “The Life of Milarepa was the first Buddhist book I read. As a twenty year old it made me feel that, somehow, I wanted to be like that. Milarepa’s example inspired me — in a naive way no doubt, but still it influenced some major life choices that eventually gave me important spiritual experiences. So I feel he has been a great teacher for me. And it’s a very appealing idea to spend retreat time with some of you, meditating in his presence as we evoke Milarepa through the impact of his teachings. What Milarepa teaches comes straight from his experience, and the experiences he has — most of them at any rate—we all have as well. He just looks at them more closely. Milarepa’s a very human being who practices incredibly wholeheartedly: it’s infectious and joyous, too.”

image detail of Milarepa, unknown artist, circa 1600-1699

Register for the event here

To register by phone, call 603-659-5456 or email info@aryaloka.org.

Led by: Dh Kamalashila
Times: April 24, 7pm to April 26, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/230/155
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.

Mother–Daughter Yoga and Meditation Weekend

Event Dates: May 8, 7pm to May 10, 2pm


The bond between mothers and daughters is unique, complicated, and full of emotions. Take time to reconnect, to celebrate and to deepen this sacred relationship.

“Complicated does not inherently mean “bad.” It’s just that simultaneously, there are two different people (no matter how similar) with a lifetime’s worth of stuff between them, both trying to exist within the multifarious layers of their unique bond.” — Amelia Diamond

This retreat experience will give participants structured activities, as well as unstructured time for connecting in your own way. No yoga or meditation experience required; all levels of experience will be catered to. Retreat fees include lodging and vegetarian meals.

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

Register for the event here

Led by: Molly Schlangen and Dh Kamalasiri
Times: May 8, 7pm to May 10, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/230/155
Level: Open to All Women
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

Event Dates: May 14, 7pm to May 17, 2pm


On this retreat we will dive into the layers of meaning found in experience of the six elements. Our explorations will be a kind of deep ecology – of our environment and of our minds. The aim of deepening our connection with the elements – inner and outer – is to support us making wise choices about how to live in this world. We hope to heal any sense of alienation that may have taken hold of us and to inspire a sense of connection and agency in our lives.

The Buddhist tradition has several pathways that connect with the elements. We’ll find out what the tradition has to say about mindfulness and the six elements. We’ll explore the symbolic colors, shapes, and Buddhas that correspond to the elements and the energies they represent. And we’ll find out how working with the elements can lead us to awakening.

All this learning will happen experientially as well as through presentations. On the retreat there will be meditation; outdoor contemplation; some play with earth, water, and the other elements; as well as discussion and ritual. We hope to emerge from the retreat feeling alive with senses heightened and with tools for future practice in a connected world.

Led by Dh Amala. Ordained in the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2000, Amala has been teaching and leading retreats for almost 20 years. She has strong interests in meditation, in Buddhist symbols, and in the environment.

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

 

Register for the event here

 

Led by: Dh Amala
Times: May 14, 7pm to May 17, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $330/265/175
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.

Mindful Eating and Yoga Retreat

Event Dates: June 5, 10am to June 7, 2pm


Mindful eating changes how the brain works by changing neural pathways that can transform your mind, health, and life!  Please 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.

Experience how any meal can become a centering act, nourishing the body in ways that go beyond the nutrients on the plate. Enjoy simple, delicious vegetarian meals, gentle and enjoyable movement in the beauty and relaxed atmosphere of Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center. The retreat will allow you to practice being mindful with food and movement to support self-care, self-kindness, health, joy and peace.

This weekend retreat will also discuss three common obstacles to mindfulness and mindful eating and 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.

16 CPE from the Commission of Dietetic Registration, CDR are available for professionals for an additional $150 cost. If you would like to obtain CPE for this program, please choose the ‘Professional’ option in ticketing. The cost is $330 with an additional $150 charge for the CPE.

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.

 

Register for the event here

 

Led by: Megrette Fletcher and Kathleen Costello
Times: June 5, 10am to June 7, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale $330/265/175* $480 for professionals with 16 CPE
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.

Dhyana, Step by Step | a weekend retreat with Bodhipaksa

Event Dates: June 26, 7pm to June 28, 2pm


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 or call 603-659-5456.

Register for the event here

Led by: DH Bodhipaksa
Times: June 26, 7pm to June 28, 2pm
Venue: Aryaloka
Fee: Sliding Scale: $305/230/155
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.