Living Nature Retreat

Embodying the elements at Sudarshanaloka

sunlight through trees

Vaccine passports will be used for this retreat. Read about the retreat conditions here.

Everything is alive --
shells, buildings, people, fish,
mountains, trees, wood is alive.
Water is alive.
Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside us.
Live with the world inside you.

From ‘Hokusai says’ by Roger Keyes

For this retreat we'll be exploring the theme of 'Living nature' through walking, sitting, observing and experiencing the elemental nature of life through the senses.

We will do this in the company of spiritual friends, in the spirit of kalyana mitrata (friendship with the beautiful) and nourished by dwelling in the realm of Sudarshanaloka, our land of beautiful vision.

There will be periods of silence, meditation, reflection, ritual and sharing.

We will be walking for two hours and more each day over varying, sometimes steep, terrain on narrow forest tracks, sitting and lying in deep forest glades, circumambulating the stupa, traversing rocky river landscapes and visiting sacred trees. Please consider your health and fitness levels when booking and bring appropriate footwear and clothing. A small day pack, drink bottle, raincoat etc will also be needed.

The retreat is open to those who are familiar with our Triratna meditation practices.


Start: 03 January 2022 at 6:30pm
Finish: 09 January 2022 at 12:00pm


$480 - full
$440 - low income
If cost is a barrier please contact the Auckland Buddhist Centre to discuss

This retreat will require those attending to be double vaccinated and have a vaccine passport. By booking on you are confirming you have read and agree to these conditions.

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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