Saturday 11th August 2018 Day of Practice – Awakening to Life

The Buddha has been described as the Awakened One, one who knows things as they are: and this experience of being fully awake, of being present to each passing moment is available to us all. Yet it is so easy to sleepwalk through life, to absent ourselves consciously or unconsciously, to hold back from experiencing our lives fully and directly.

So what does it mean to be ‘awake’? What is it that we awaken to? And how can this awakened awareness bring us to a place of understanding, ease and freedom from suffering?

The day will be led by Jenna Ghouse. It will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, reflection and group discussion.

Meet in the Retreat Centre Kitchen from 9.30am for a 9.45am orientation talk and a 10.00am start. Please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish for a shared lunch if you can.

The event will finish at 5pm. All are welcome including beginners and newcomers to Amaravati. No booking is required and there is no fee, though any donations towards the running costs of the retreat centre are much appreciated.


13-17 July – 5 day retreat – led by Martin Evans

The uncomfortable truth is that freedom from suffering is only possible through facing reality, not through running away from it.  We learn nothing from running away – yet we can be very reluctant to let go of our strategies to escape from suffering, and we may not even be aware of them. Turning towards and facing the uncomfortable truth – this is the point of Buddhist meditation.    

The primary focus of the retreat will be meditation and mindfulness, and there will be opportunities for Q&A and discussion on the theme.  All welcome – although previous meditation experience is desirable before undertaking a 5 day retreat.

To book on our retreats click on the ALBA Retreats page and complete the booking form.



ALBA Events from August to December 2018

11 August – day of practice – Awakening to Life – led by Jenna Ghouse

1 September – day of practice – Self Compassion – led by Jenni Jepson and Chris Blain

26-28 October – weekend retreat- led by Nick Carroll

17 November – day of practice (day before Kathina) – led by Ajahn Amaro

15 December – day of practice – led by Nick Carroll

Days of Practice start at 10am unless otherwise stated – registration from 9.15am – please aim to arrive by 9.45am.  No booking is required.  There will be a shared lunch – bring some vegetarian food (which doesn’t need any preparation) to share if you can. 

Retreats (in bold) require prior booking by completing the ALBA retreat booking form. For more information view our web page about ALBA retreats or email:

All events take place at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery Retreat Centre.