Taught by the Nuns of Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery
December 27, 2017 – January 5, 2018
Angela Center | 535 Angela Drive | Santa Rosa, CA
An Invitation to Simplicity and Letting Go
During retreat we come together as community to support each other in our practice, consciously letting go of the past and opening to the New Year with whatever it may bring. We create a monastic environment during our time together, and we offer you this opportunity to explore the Dhamma in a setting that differs somewhat from a typical meditation retreat.
In the spirit of the monastic lifestyle, we will be following the Eight Precepts, taking only what is offered, participating in the daily routine mindfully and with awareness, and attempting to reflect on our every activity as part of our practice. This will include Noble Silence, morning and evening chanting, sitting and walking meditation, and daily Dhamma teachings. There will be opportunities for group interviews along with Q&A during the retreat. An optional daily period of Qi Gong will be offered by Meg Gawler.
The Eight Precepts
To refrain from…
1) taking the life of any living creature
2) taking that which is not given
3) any intentional sexual activity
4) false and harmful speech
5) consuming intoxicating drink and drugs which lead to carelessness
6) eating at inappropriate times
7) entertainment, beautification and adornment
8) lying on a high or luxurious sleeping place (not indulging in sleep)
Accommodations are single or double rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The retreat center is wheelchair accessible. We are unable to accommodate any special dietary or environmental needs.
We will offer a light breakfast and, in keeping with this monastic tradition, the daily meal (vegetarian) is eaten before noon. In the evening, hot tea is available and “monastic allowables” are served, e.g. dark chocolate, cheese, ginger, soymilk. At meal times we offer vegan and gluten free alternatives. We are unable to accommodate other dietary needs.
Each retreatant will also participate in one hour of work each day. The smooth running of the retreat depends on everyone’s daily contribution to the retreat community. Retreat jobs should be done in silence as much as possible, maintaining your quiet and attentive state of mind.
Retreatants should commit to stay for the entire retreat and to fully participate in the retreat schedule including the daily work period. Please make travel arrangements accordingly so that you arrive in time for registration (3:00-‐5:30) on opening day and are able to stay through the closing ceremony and activities on the final day (approx. noon). Please allow two hours of travel time to/from Oakland or San Francisco airports. If you have any questions or concerns during the retreat, the retreat manager, Kathy Cheney, will assist you. Note writing should be minimized, and notes to the teachers need to go through the retreat manager.
Continuing in the ancient Buddhist tradition, the retreat and teachings are offered freely. In turn, retreatants are afforded an opportunity to support those transmitting the Dhamma by offering donations (dana) to the teachers, retreat manager, and cook. Operating and food expenses are paid from dana previously received by the Saranaloka Foundation. At the end of the retreat, you can donate so that retreats can continue to be offered to future retreatants on a dana basis.
Registration and Deposit Information
In order to confirm your place in the 2017/18 Saranaloka New Years Retreat you must complete a registration form and submit a deposit in the amount of $150. Deposits may be made through PayPal or by check.
If you attend the retreat or cancel before November 29, 2016, this check will be returned to you upon request or can be offered as a freewill donation to Saranaloka. It will not be returned if you register and do not attend the retreat or if you do not cancel by the November 29 cancellation deadline. Registrants who do attend the retreat may request a refund of the deposit after the retreat is over.
Please email the completed registration form to the registrar/manager Kathy Cheney. Click link below to open the registration form, download and save to your desktop, then fill in all spaces and attach to an email and send to: email@example.com
Deposits may be made through PayPal, click below:
The receipt of registration form and the $150 retreat deposit will confirm your place in the retreat and you will be contacted by Kathy. Please be sure to put her email address in your contacts. firstname.lastname@example.org
With very best wishes for peace and ease,
Saranaloka Retreat Coordinator
2017 NY Retreat Registrar/Manager