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Booking for ALBA retreats

Please note that ALBA retreats must be booked by completing the ALBA retreat booking form. To learn more about our retreats view the web page about ALBA retreats. All retreats and Days of Practice are held at Amaravati Retreat Centre. ALBA retreats are led by lay Buddhist teachers from the Theravada Forest Sangha Tradition.

You can now book on ALBA retreats for 2019:

12-14 April 2019 – weekend retreat

12-14 July 2019 – weekend retreat

Aug 30 – Sept 3 2019 – 5-day Retreat

Day of Practice – The Centre of the Storm – Saturday 9th March 2019

The Centre of the Storm (Cultivating Equanimity) – led by Jenna Ghouse

Gain and loss, praise and blame, fame and disrepute, pleasure and pain: by the nature of our worldly existence we are constantly buffeted by the vicissitudes of everyday life. We cannot avoid this, nor can we hope to control the events and situations that life throws at us: but what we can begin to practise with is our response to these situations. So how can we develop a sense of equanimity in the face of the ever-changing and often challenging conditions of the world? And can we discover a way to remain fully engaged, experiencing life with all its ups and downs, yet find a place of inner stillness – the calm at the centre of the storm?

The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, reflections and sharing on the theme. Meet in the Retreat Centre Kitchen from 9.30am. There will be a short orientation talk at 9.45 and we will then gather in the Retreat Centre shrine room for a 10.00am start.

Please bring already prepared vegetarian food for a shared lunch if you can. The day finishes at 5.00pm. No booking is required.  There is no fee although donations towards the Retreat Centre are always appreciated. Those new to Buddhism or this tradition are welcome.

Day of Practice – Saturday 12 January 2019 – ‘Life without Sila is like a car without brakes’ – led by Martin Evans

The theme – ‘Life without Sila is like a car without brakes’ is taken from a quote by Ajahn Amaro. 

‘Sila’ or morality is the foundation of meditation practice – because when we establish Sila, our mind becomes naturally joyful and at ease.  But it is difficult to calm the mind if we are troubled by the consequences of our actions.  To avoid what is unwholesome we need brakes – and we need to know when to stop. 

The day will include periods of guided and silent meditation practice.  In the afternoon there will be a talk and discussion on the theme. 

Registration is from 9.30am in the Retreat Centre Kitchen.  There will be a short orientation talk at 9.45am and then we gather in the Retreat Centre Shrine Room at 10am to start the day. Bring warm outdoor clothing for walking meditation. 

Please bring some vegetarian food to share if you can.  No booking required.


Day of Practice Saturday 15 December – ‘Back to Basics’ – led by Nick Carroll

The clarity, directness and simplicity of the Buddha’s insights are remarkable given the context of the world he lived in. They are as applicable today as when they were originally taught.

His insights gave rise to his core teachings of The Three Refuges, The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Noble Path, a framework of reference for an active inquiry into life as well a path of practice that leads from entrapment in the conditioned to the freedom of the Unconditioned.

The day will include silent sitting and walking practice in the morning, quiet time for oneself after the meal followed by an afternoon of shared reflections and Q&A on the theme.  All are welcome.

Registration is from 9.30am in Retreat Centre Kitchen for a 9.45am orientation talk and a 10am start. The day finishes at 5pm.  There will be a shared light lunch – please bring some food which doesn’t need preparation to share if you can.  No booking required.  No fee but donations towards the Retreat Centre running costs will be welcome.

ALBA Events 2019

                            Jan 12                     Day of Practice           led by Martin Evans

                            Feb 09                     Day of Practice           led by Nick Carroll

                            Mar 09                     Day of Practice           led by Jenna Ghouse

                            April 12 – 14  Weekend Retreatled – led by Martin Evans & Randula Haththothuwa

                            May 11                    Day of Practice

                            Jun 01                     Day of Practice  

                            July 12 – 14            Weekend Retreat

                            Aug 10                    Day of Practice  

                            Aug 30 – Sept 3     5-day Retreat

                            Sept 28                   Day of Practice  

                            Nov 09                    Day of Practice  

                            Dec14                     Day of Practice