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With Viveka

Mountain grounding the ocean and sky

Open to GFR mitras and Order members.
To book, add your name to the waitlist. This is the booking process for this particular retreat.

On this retreat we will delve into the Dharma teaching

Body like mountain
Breath Energy like the ocean’s waves
Heart Mind like the Sky

These verses are a simple pointing to the awakening and freedom ready to be discovered, here, in our present embodied experience. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition these are known as the ‘Three Naturals.’ These verses are practice pointers in the Mahamudra approach to meditation and an invitation to:

  • come home to the stability and support of the body and open to a sense of belonging,

  • befriend the cycles of energy and emotional energy natural to being human,

  • recognize and relax into to the boundless nature of heart and mind

The retreat will feature meditation, community connection options, and ritual practices (imagine chanting, singing and music). The teaching will draw inspiration from the flow of the Three Naturals and include periods of teaching input with ample space for practice without input.

We will ease into a communal practice of silence to support rest and regeneration as well as a quality of presence and listening essential to spiritual insight. Appreciating that we are gathering after many years of pandemic, those wishing for mindful conversation in sangha will have opportunities to do so during mid day break, away from communal areas. There will also be regular structured opportunities to connect in small groups.


Start: 12 December 2023 at 6:00pm
Finish: 20 December 2023 at 10:00am


$725 (cost) / $780 / $830
Paying above cost helps support Sudarshanaloka and the ABC.

Planning on doing both of Viveka's retreats? (You must still waitlist yourself for each separately.)
$1209 (cost) / $1300 / $1390

Caring for each other's health

Before attending, please read our current Covid Guidelines. This is part of how we practice together.


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Tararu Valley, Thames

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Portrait of Viveka

Viveka (she/they) was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1997 and is based at the San Francisco Buddhist Center where she was chair for 16…

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