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.

On Two Wings | Holding Love and Concern for the Earth

Event Dates: April 23-25


On Two Wings

Holding Love and Concern for the Earth

Holding both great love and great concern is a path that can lead us to wisdom and to joy. We can strengthen these two wings with awareness in nature. Nature is always with us, just as the Buddha and the possibility of awakening are always with us.  

This spring retreat, coinciding with Earth Day, continues our series on Dharmic responses to environmental crises. We will cultivate our depth of heart to experience upekkha, or the Brahmavihara of equanimity. We will also practice two joys: the joy of our experience in connection to nature and the joy of liberation that comes with honest awareness of reality. 

Our online retreat will include Brahmavihara meditations tailored to our experience of nature; a panel and group conversation on the joy of facing nature, even in its distress; a break for getting outdoors guided through recordings to take with you; and resources on ways to practice and learn and explore the nature/Dharma connection further.

Schedule: (all times ET)

Friday April 23, 7-8:30pm:  Intro to the theme and to each other, and ritual practice

Saturday April 24, 10am-3pm (including a long break for personal practice)

Sunday April 25, 10am-3pm (including a long break for personal practice)

 

Our retreat is inspired by the poem, Birdwings, by Rumi (translated version by Coleman Barks)

 

Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror

up to where you’re bravely working.

Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,

here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.

If it were always a fist or always stretched open,

you would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence

is in every small contracting and expanding,

the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated

as birdwings.

 

The retreat team: 

Gunopeta has been for 40 years a homesteader, poet, and conservationist in Downeast Maine, where he continues to explore connections between environmental awareness and Buddhist practice.

Amala, co-chair of Aryaloka, has been delving into the ecological history of New England, American views about Nature, and training in permaculture and the Dharma path of joy in the face of it all. 

Viriyalila is an artist who enthusiastically applies creativity in her Dharma pursuits. She is passionate about learning how to be a better human in an ever-changing world.

Sravaniya is a musician, dharma-farer and teacher with a wide spectrum of interests. Sravaniya’s energies lie in the simple pursuit of trying to create a more beautiful and sustainable world for all living beings. 

Shraddhavani is a lifelong student of change (i.e., a historian) and a relative newcomer to the Dharma, tries to live and exemplify the wisdom in the adage “better late than never.”

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 online you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. You’ll receive a Zoom link a few days before the retreat.

 

Register for the event here

Led by: Team
Times: April 23-25
Venue: Online
Fee: Suggested Donation $50-$200
Level: Open to All
Directions: On Zoom Platform

* 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.

Waking Up with Mindfulness

Event Dates: May 17-21


Looking for a way to go deeper in your meditation practice and your practice of mindfulness? This is the way!

The Buddha described Satipatthāna or Foundations of Mindfulness as the “direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of suffering and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Enlightenment.” 

Mindfulness practice and meditation can create a sense of calm and integration that is pleasurable, clarifying and spiritually transformative. On this retreat we will explore the first two of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness; teachings that center on our awareness of the body and feeling-tone. This simple, grounding mindfulness practice opens up a universe of potential! 

Schedule — *all times ET

8-10am Two sessions of silent meditation
11:30am-1pm Teaching session with led meditation*
4-4:30 Optional Q&A
4:30-6 Meditation and inspiration practice including readings and puja
*Teaching sessions will be recorded and available for later use if you have to miss a session.

This is a great opportunity to take some time for stillness and simplicity, and to learn from experienced practitioners. 

The Team — 

Dhammarati — Our special guest from Adhisthana in the UK, Dhammarati is a long-time practitioner and facilitator of the teachings of satipatthāna and anapanasati. He is Aryaloka’s new President (a mentor to the Board and the community generally). He is a senior member and a Preceptor of the Triratna Buddhist Order and has been practicing the Dharma since the early 70’s.

Amala has been studying and practicing meditation and Buddhism since the early 1970s. She has been practicing with the Triratna Buddhist Community since 1991 and was ordained in 2000. Amala is currently the Chair of the Spiritual Vitality Council and leads a variety of retreats and classes. Her deep love of meditation illuminates her approach to teaching.

Satyada teaches from his heart, and the teachings of the Satipatthāna Sutta are core to his practice. He is Chair of the Aryaloka Board of Directors and an active facilitator of classes and workshops.

Sravaniya was ordained in 2003, having first encountered meditation and the Triratna Buddhist Community in the UK in 1978. His delight in meditation informs his communication of these teachings.

Suddhayu has been teaching meditation and Buddhism and leading retreats since 1998. He currently works full-time for Dharma initiatives as Chair at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center and Manager of Aryaloka. 

 

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 online you may email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. You’ll receive a Zoom link a few days before the retreat.

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Led by: Team
Times: May 17-21
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.