Open Meditation Space
Friday 20th September to Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Come and join those of us living here for an open meditation space, supported by the community, but with an opportunity to follow your own rhythm. The shrine room will be there to use whenever you feel moved to sit, or find a space outside in the land to sit and contemplate the blue sky.
Open to all Dharmacharinis.
Cost: dana, but with a suggested donation of €150
5 Year reunion retreat
Monday 7th to Wednesday 16th October
For those ordained here in 2014
Cost: €465 / concession €394
Dharmacharini work retreat
Friday 18th to Monday 28th October 2019
Following up on 2018’s enjoyable work retreat we are offering another opportunity for Dharmacharinis to express their wish to help Akashavana by coming out to play (and work)! Here are some testimonials from this year:
“Thanks for allowing me to spend such a relaxed time with a lovely bunch of women at Akashavana. I think that retreat has prompted the biggest shift that’s happened for me since getting ordained. Work retreats are underrrated! I very much appreciated it and all of us.”
“I loved the working retreat.”
We will not be charging for the retreat, but would appreciate some dana to cover food costs
Seeing As It Actually Is, with Proper Wisdom
21st September to 12th October 2020
A 3-week Order meditation retreat in 2020, co-led by Maitreyi and Padmasuri.
The Six Element and Sadhana retreat is the outcome of a long-standing wish to take these Insight practices deeper in the supremely conducive elemental environment of Akasavana. Both Padmasuri and
Maitreyi have led the Six Element practice often on ordination retreats and elsewhere and want to devote a longer period to explore the depths to which the practice can take us; with the loosening of self clinging and an opening to something far more vast and mysterious out of which the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
of our sadhana practices can emerge.
We will be introducing different ways of approaching the practice, including some initial study of the Dhatu-Vibhanga sutta, in which the Buddha teaches Pukkusati, to reflect on earth, water, fire, air, space
and consciousness, “both internal and external, as it actually is, with proper wisdom,” so that we can bring clear view to our sitting practice. We’ll also be engaging with the mystery of the elements, which in the Tibetan tradition are referred to as the Maha Bhutas, ‘Great Ghosts’ or ‘Great Magical Transformations’ both in sitting practice and in the expansive environment of Akashavana. And each day turning towards the experience of the elements in our bodies and in the universe, and letting go any sense of ownership; out of which can emerge a deep sense of release, freedom and contentment.
There will be periods of full silence on the retreat, time for personal reflection, puja and devotion, options for meditation reviews, and plenty of space for exploring and relaxing into the magical realm of Akashavana and the Mandala of the Five Buddhas.
We hope that a number of Dharmacharinis, whether recently ordained or of long standing, will join us in this exploration.
Cost: €840 / concession €714