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.