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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.

The retreat on 26-28 October 2018 is fully booked and the waiting list is c;losed.

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 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 Retreat

                            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  

Day of Practice – Saturday 17 November 2018 – Ajahn Amaro

Once a year we organise a slightly different Day of Practice which happens the day before the Kathina celebration – one of the two main Buddhist festival days at the monastery.

Registration is from 9.30am in Retreat Centre Kitchen for a 9.45am orientation talk and 10am talk from Ajahn Amaro (in the RC Kitchen).   That will be followed by an opportunity to volunteer to assist in the preparations for the Kathina festival from 10.15am to 11.15am. Bring warm outdoor clothing and suitable footwear if you would like to volunteer for leaf sweeping.

At 11.15 am we will all gather in the Retreat Centre Shrine Room for meditation. There will be a shared meal at 12.30pm.  In the afternoon Ajahn Amaro will give a talk, followed by questions and answers.  The day will be facilitated by Martin Evans.

Please bring some vegetarian food to share if you can.  No booking required.  All are welcome.  There is no charge but there will be an opportunity to make a donation towards the running costs of the Retreat Centre.   Donations can be made by cash or cheque.

Saturday 1st September 2018 Day of Practice – The heart of practice

During this day of practice, we will be exploring how self acceptance and
compassion can support us not only in times of difficulty but also during our daily
lives.  We will start to discover how simple self-compassion practices can help us to
develop inner resilience and how they can impact positively on our relationships
with others.
The day, which will be led by Jenni Jepson and Chris Blain, will include periods of
sitting and walking meditation, reflections and sharing on the theme.
Meet in the Retreat Centre Kitchen from 9.30am for a 9.45am orientation talk and a
10am start. Please bring some pre-prepared vegetarian food 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 donations towards the running costs of the retreat centre are always appreciated.

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.