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.

The Way of Mindfulness – Pathway to the Sublime, a workshop with special guests Nagabodhi and Vimalachitta!

Event Dates: October 17th, 10am–1pm Eastern


The Buddha described Mindfulness as “the only way for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the destruction of suffering and grief, for reaching the right path, for the attainment of Nirvana.”

Buddhism begins and ends with the mind. It is our minds that perceive, label, interpret and filter everything that comes to us via our senses. Our minds even treat its own products in the same way: reactions, thoughts and intuitions Our minds are constantly interacting with external and internal experience, weaving a dream of the world we think we live in, a self who lives in it and constantly triggering a highly reactive relationship between the two. As the opening lines of the Dhammapada state:

Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox.

In this workshop, Nagabodhi and Vimalachitta, who teach mindfulness and meditation in secular as well as Buddhist contexts offer their insights into mindfulness as the indispensable gateway to the realisation of the highest human ideals.

Vimalachitta has been teaching meditation for 30 years in Triratna – including 13 years of full time teaching at the London Buddhist Centre. In the last 10 years she has also worked as a Mindfulness Trainer in corporate and educational settings, as well as courses, classes and retreats for the general public. She trained in Mindfulness for secular contexts with Breathworks, Breathing Space and Bangor University.

Nagabodhi has been a member of the Triratna Order since 1974. Shortly after joining the Order he set up Windhorse Publications, our publishing wing, directed it’s growth, and edited our communities in-house, magazines for the next 25 years. He has also been involved as a trustee, chair and president of several Triratna centres over the years, and was a founding trustee and one-time chair of the Karuna Trust, a project that raises funds for social and Dharma projects in India. As a president and preceptor his work has been based in the UK the Netherlands, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Nagabodhi has twice lived in communities with Sangharakshita, and travelled with him throughout an extended lecture tour in India— an experience he chronicled in his book, Jai Bhim – Dispatches from a Peaceful Revolution.

Aryaloka continues to run all events online and by donation – your generosity is making it possible for Aryaloka to stay afloat while we wait for regular programming to resume. Please give what you can, though if you can’t afford to make a donation, do let us know and we’ll sign you up for free. If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. You’ll receive a Zoom link a few days before the retreat.

Book here for the workshop.

Led by: Nagabodhi and Vimalachitta
Times: Oct 17, 10am–1pm Eastern
Venue: Online via Zoom
Fee: Suggested Donation $20-$80
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.

Touching Earth: Buddhist Approaches to Care of Nature

Event Dates: Nov 20-22 (times below)


This online retreat offers an in-depth opportunity to cultivate a Dharmic view of the linked environmental crises currently facing all living beings – in the air, in the sea and on the earth.

•We will explore relevant Buddhist teachings and their implications for our lives today.

•We will meditate and reflect together on our actions and our options, creating a safe space for turning towards the reality of the situation and the emotions that arise.

•We will approach the topic through the arts, with music and experimental online theater.

Come be a part of the community of friends that will form on this retreat and face this urgent challenge together, in the spirit of the Dharma.

Online Zoom sessions are as follows (all times EST):

Friday 7pm-8:30pm

Saturday 10am_1pm

Sunday 10am–1pm

Facilitated by members of the Triratna Buddhist Order: Amala, Gunopeta, Saddhavasini, Shraddhavani, Sravaniya, Viriyalila.

Aryaloka continues to run all events online and by donation – your generosity is making it possible for Aryaloka to stay afloat while we wait for regular programming to resume. Please give what you can, though if you can’t afford to make a donation, do let us know and we’ll sign you up for free. If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. You’ll receive a Zoom link a few days before the retreat.

Photo by Andy Chilton

Click here to Register.

Led by: Order Team
Times: Nov 20-22 (times above)
Venue: Online via Zoom
Fee: Suggested Donation $25-$250
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.

This Difficult Thing of Being Human, an online retreat with Bodhipaksa

Event Dates: Dec 12 and 13, 10am-1pm Eastern, both days


We all long for someone who will love us unconditionally. But what if that person is us?

Most us us have the habit of being hard on ourselves. We talk unkindly to ourselves and often we sacrifice our own well-being in order to “get things done.” We blame ourselves when things go wrong, and often fear that if we stop doing so we’ll cease to perform well.

We even blame ourselves for suffering, and see it as a sign of weakness, or as failure. Yet this being human is a difficult thing, and suffering is inevitable.

Fortunately we can learn to be kinder to ourselves. We can learn to practice self-compassion. Self-compassion is the radically healing practice of treating ourselves with the kindness, respect, and gentleness that we would naturally offer to those we love.

Self-compassion arises from developing four skills: mindful awareness, acceptance, self-kindness, and realistic perspectives. Each of those skills can be cultivated through practice.

On this two-session online workshop, Bodhipaksa will introduce self-compassion step-by-step, so that we can learn to be more gentle with and understanding of ourselves, and so that we can extend those same qualities of gentleness and understanding to others.

Two Sessions: Satruday and Sunday, 10am-1pm Eastern both days.

Bodhipaksa was ordained in 1993 and has spent most of his time since then writing and teaching. He formerly ran Dhanakosa retreat centre in the Highlands of Scotland and has taught meditation in universities and in prisons. He’s the author of several books on meditation and Buddhist practice, including “This Difficult Thing of Being Human” — a book on self-compassion which was published by Parallax in November, 2019. He is also the founder of the online meditation center, www.wildmind.org.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite you can email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. This event is by donation, $25-$250 suggested – please give what you can. A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the event.

photo by Heiki Mintel

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Bodhipaksa
Times: Dec 12 and 13, 10am-1pm Eastern
Venue: Zoom
Fee: By Donation, $25-$250 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.

Winter Stillness – Online Meditation Intensive

Event Dates: Dec 26 to Dec 31


Save the Dates! More information coming soon. Our annual Winter Stillness retreat will be online this year: a mix of online content along with a suggested off-line program.

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the pandemic situation and discussing our options going forward. At this time, we feel the situation is still too unpredictable to plan on an in-person retreat, even with restrictions. Though we are so fortunate to have the capacity to meet online, and to run home-retreats. We hope you’ll consider joining us this year for some peace and deep diving.

Led by: Team
Times: Dec 26 to Dec 31
Venue: Zoom
Fee: By Donation
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.