Queen of Retreats is the leading independent travel website that helps you sift through the healthy holiday hype, set up by Times journalist and retreat expert Caroline Sylger Jones.
All the material you find on this site has been meticulously researched and written by a hand-picked team of professional journalists with a passion for retreating. A meetup for people interested in Buddhist meditation practice who desire more intensive training in the form of day-long or weekend retreats or retreats of longer duration in a safe, friendly, and supportive environment. An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. Dharma talks and informal discussions about meditation, mindfulness and the basic teachings of Serene Reflection. The Precepts are an integral part of our Buddhist practice and are guidelines for how to live our lives in tune with our True Nature.
Those who have attended an Introductory Retreat, and those who have participated in training at a Priory of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, are welcome to apply.
Dharma Talks and articles on the meaning of the Precepts and Becoming a Buddhist are available here. This intensive four-day silent meditation retreat provides an environment and schedule conducive to deepening one’s serene reflection practice. This four-day retreat will focus on how to bring Buddhist training into whatever work we are doing and how meditation, mindfulness and the Precepts can be in- corporated into every aspect of our daily lives. Dharma talks and discussions will focus on strengthening our meditation practice and deepening our understanding of how to bring the Buddha’s teaching into our daily lives at home, at work, in our relationships and in our communities. This Retreat is an introductory retreat for college students and will offer teachings that address their needs and interests.
The importance of offering merit, particularly for those who have died in distressing circumstances or unsettled states of mind, is at the heart of this retreat.
An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new toShasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting.
Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery, a monastery of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives Contents by Shasta Abbey available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works License. He is one of the most outstanding teachers I have ever met, who introduced me to the fabulous world of meditation and a breathtaking discovery of my inner self. Many of us have our individual daily practices but know that longer retreats can add a transformative dimension to practice with incalculable benefits for ourselves as well as our communities.
The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation. Dharma talks and discussions will focus on how to understand more deeply what the Precepts are, and how, together with meditation and mindfulness, they show us the way to the cessation of suffering.
The Ten Precepts Retreat is the doorway through which those who wish to become lay Buddhists make their commitment to the Precepts. We invite people who wish to take the Precepts for the first time and those who wish to deepen their understanding of, and resolve to keep, the Precepts to share this joyous week with us. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates. In the Buddhist world, Wesak marks the beginning of the New Year and is the most significant and joyous event of the Buddhist calendar.
Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, periods of seated meditation, Dharma talks and informal discussions about meditation, mindfulness and the basic teachings of Serene Reflection. Master Zensho Roberson, who trains in a small temple in the Idaho panhandle and leads a meditation group in Sandpoint.
This retreat offers more sitting meditation as well as Dharma talks and spiritual guidance.
We can thus find greater depth and understanding of how we create suffering for ourselves and others and how we can transform this suffering.
Master Astor Douglas, will offer Teachings on our medi- tation practice which we have inherited from great teachers of the past.
It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outsidethe monastery gates.
North American Lay Ministers come together with Reverend Master Haryo Young and the Lay Ministry Chaplains once a year for a retreat at Shasta Abbey.
Dharma talks examine what it means to offer merit, how we can truly help those who are suffering, and how we can convert our own craving and greed through the practice of the Dharma.
It provides down-to-earthhelp for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates.
This 3-day retreat offers opportunities to both reflect and celebrate together as members of the Buddha’s family.
He taught me the importance of making time to know my finer qualities,as this is an essential pre-requisite to awakening.What is really uplifting about his courses is that they are full of FUN!
Cultivating clear awareness of our present moment experience reveals insights into thenature of suffering and liberation. Retreats are in the Classical, Theravadan or Secular Buddhist tradition but we're open to other meditation traditions.
We will also explore how to put them into practice in our daily lives and what it means to formally take the Precepts at Jukai.
Wesak reminds us of the Buddha’s historical origins in the person of Shakyamuni, the Wise One of the Shakya Clan, and celebrates with joyful ceremonies the profound gratitude we feel for His timeless teachings. During this retreat, there will be more working meditation along with formal meditation, Dharma talks and discussions. The focus of the retreat is to enrich our practice of meditation by learning about the teach- ings and examples of some great meditation masters and then meditating on the teachings as a way to learn and grow in our own practice of the Dharma. In the Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts Ceremony, we offer the food of the Dharma to all beings who have died under painful, difficult or despairing circumstances.
Behram has an infectious laugh and with his hilarious jokes and stories, has his students rolling on the floor with laughter. We see that everything that arises is notmy “self” but a display of impermanent conditions. Beginners to advanced meditators as well as the merely curious are all welcome to the meet-up but practitioners are advised to consider whether their practice can sustain the rigors of the individual retreats. Through the five traditional ceremonies, as well as in Dharma talks and daily practice, this retreat explores the fundamental aspects of receiving and living the Precepts. Meditation, ceremonies, and celebration offer opportunities to bid farewell to the old and welcome the new.
Like little children, we demand and listen to his bedtime stories with rapt attention, which illustrate the teachings for the day.Behram has a very positive and empowering outlook on life, which rubs off on his students, lighting the spark of commitment in their hearts to live more enriching and inspiring lives.
We end the retreat with the traditional ringing of the Temple’s great bell and a picnic for all.
Astor will offer Dharma talks, Dharma discussions, and private spiritual counseling upon request. He encourages all his students to view all life-situations as a blessing because only then can we see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Petit High School for GirlsMumbai, India Behram came into my life in early 1995, as a spiritual guide and mentor. Although I was an Architecture student at the time I met Behram, I felt that life was pointing me elsewhere and, therefore, through the classes, I acquired enough clarity and courage to let go of this vocation, and follow my true calling, instead.This led me to explore various courses on mind-body enhancement, such as NLP, Kinesiology and Yoga, as a way of living more authentically.


I am now a Yoga teacher and am able to express myself in ways that bring tremendous satisfaction and joy in my life, as I see my students benefit from what I offer.Looking back upon the time before these changes occurred in my life, I see how beautifully and gently, Behram led me out of the dark prison of a suffocating lifestyle, into the brilliance of living life to the fullest, in dedicated service to others. However, life had other plans for me as I ended up at the Nembutsu Centre, instead, situated in a lovely apple orchard on the outskirts of town. Cultivating clear awareness of our present moment experiencereveals insights into the nature of suffering and liberation.
Until that fateful day when I met Behram, I thought I knew all about life and how it is to be lived.
We see that everythingthat arises is not my “self” but a display of impermanent conditions. When themind sees life through this clarity and is unclouded by confusion, we createthe foundation for well-being, joy and equanimity.Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, this silent retreat is suitable for newer as well as experiencedstudents.
As my practice unfolded, I found out that I was way off the track in my understanding of life and realized that things were totally contrary to what I had so far envisioned them to be.I also discovered that spirituality was no longer beyond my reach and that it lies within the simplest aspects of living. It will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions, dharma talks and  private meetings with the teacher. I listened to one introductory talk and was instantly intrigued and before long deeply inspired. If you wish the stay through the 26th,the retreat fee is $365 if paid by March 23; $395 after.
I found out later that the other students too experience the same relevance and intimacy with the way he presents the teachings.I stayed on at the Centre for three months because I knew there was much more to be discovered about myself and the world I lived in. I would definitely have stayed on much longer, but the centre was closing for winter and I had to move on, to practice what I had joyfully learned in those magical three months at NC, which was situated in the midst of the beautiful and fascinating Himalayan ranges.It is clear to me that Behram understands the subtle intricacies of life as I observe his behavior through his speech and his actions, which is a rare thing indeed. And even more stirring than this, for me, is that Behram is able to express the teachings of the Buddha in such a profoundly simple manner, that I not only grasp the message intellectually, but also feel deeply motivated to apply what I learn in practical terms, in my everyday actions.I have had teachers and coaches at school and in sport, but I did not have one to guide me through the snakes and ladders of life.
Please inquire for details.Lisa Ernst is a Meditation teacher in the Thai Forest lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield andTrudy Goodman. From the time we first met, I have attended several retreats under his loving and skilled guidance, the longest being for three months in the lap of the Himalayas, in North India. In her teaching,Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as aninvitation to embrace all of the path’s possibilities. So far, every experience I have had of Behram's teachings has been imbued with a beautiful simplicity and a profound depth. Behram's remarkable clarity and presence brings a fresh and exhilarating perspective to the issues in my life - a perspective that is so pure and integrated, that its truth is self evident. Just coming into contact with this has brought me an enormous sense of relief, hope and enthusiasm for life.The energy in his classes, while on retreats, is very inspiring and greater than in any other learning environment I have ever been in. The classes are enormous fun, and somehow within the lightness and laughter there is a gentle power, which nurtures me as a student to be intimately involved in the process of true learning, which is not just a matter of simply acquiring information. This Retreat for New Retreatants is an opportunity for those with little to no retreat experience to practice a full day of mindfulness in the company of others who are new to retreats.
It is only through Behram's classes and the creative exercises he introduced me to, that I was able to view life from a whole-brain perspective.
The schedule will include meditation instructions, how to be on retreat, as well as shorter sitting and walking meditation sessions.
As such, I chose to listen to my heart and resigned from my career after many years of service, in order to pursue what gave me far more satisfaction. There will be adequate time for discussion including how to sustain practice in daily life.Cost is $50 plus dana (donation) to the teachers. Therefore, my present career ~ which I love immensely ~ is as a school teacher on the beautiful island of Samsoe, in Denmark.Dear Behram, I thank you and myself for the great effort we both made, to lift me out of my mediocre frequencies into inspirational ones.
And inevitably, the void inside me grew larger each day, because the end of craving is not achieved by feeding the illness.Meeting Behram in 2002 was the turning point in my life. Be sure to include your email address.Lisa Ernst has been meditating for over 25 years in the Zen and Vipassana traditions.
Thanks to Behram's retreats and interactive style of teaching, I was led ever so skilfully to discover some surprisingly extraordinary answers within myself. She received teaching authorization in the Thai Forest lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman.
Lisa teaches classes and workshops in a wide variety of settings and leads retreats nationally.Paloma Cain, MA, has been studying and practicing meditation since 1997.
Her work is informed by her studies in Insight Meditation, Tibetan Buddhism, clinical and depth psychology, religious studies and the visual arts.
I have studied Buddhism at Kopan Monastery in Nepal, I have left my corporate employer of 19 years and I am now discovering what really makes my heart sing. At the beginning of a new year, it is customary to take stock of our lives, to review the previous year and set our intentions for the upcoming twelve months and beyond.
Trust in yourself, open this door to a spectacular discovery of what is finest in you by attending Master B's classes.
Bringing this evaluation onto the cushion, to look with fresh eyes and an open heart, can help us refine and clarify our direction and to live from the truest part of ourselves.
Led by Meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, the retreat will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talk and discussion.
Having graduated from university with two degrees and established a successful career, I still felt that something was missing.
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I had no knowledge whatsoever of the Buddha's teachings and my many attempts to meditate up to that point had been frustrating. Slowly, in the simplicity and silence of the morning, we will learn to let go of distractions and touch our experience with a kind and open heart.Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, this retreat is suitable for newer and more experienced meditators It will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, practice instructions and dharma talk. Coming to a retreat with a beginner's mind was the best thing I did, as I arrived fresh and with no expectations and WOW! A reduced fee spot is available int he case of financial need, please inquire to the email listed. He communicates complex ideas in simple and easy to understand terminology without any jargon.
In this gifted manner in which he presents the teachings, there is not a single minute where his students feel bored or restless. I am now much happier, I love what I do, and I feel empowered to be true to myself and others more and more every day. As winter approaches and daylight wanes, there is a natural tendency to slow down and turn inward. Yet, in the busyness of the holiday season we may forget that true refuge is right where we are.
This silent retreat will focus on cultivating a quality of compassionate presence that embraces our experience with equanimity and insight. Through this practice we begin to pierce the illusion of separateness and taste the joy of interconnectedness to all things.This retreat is suitable for newer as well as experienced students. The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, instructions, dharma talks and private meetings with the teacher. I had not laughed or had that much fun in years and through this process,I gained a sense of peace, love and understanding that - even today - keeps me balanced and happy a lot more often than ever before.


If you wish to stay through the 15th, the retreat fee is $365 if paid by November 10; $395 after.
My relationships and my career fell into place, and today I feel fulfilled in a multitude of ways.So, my message to anyone considering going on a retreat? There will be a separate opportunity at the retreat to make a dana (generosity) offering to the teacher. Please inquire for details.Lisa Ernst is a Buddhist Meditation teacher in the Thai Forest lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman. Five workshops, two retreats and a few years later, I am grateful for the guidance and wisdom Behram has bestowed upon me.He has challenged me, nurtured my development and encouraged me to live with greater enthusiasm and passion for life. Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path's possibilities. Please join us at a beautiful, West Bellevue location for a day of sitting and walking meditation. In this silent retreat we will stabilize attention and deepen concentration through the breath and body, then gradually open our awareness to the boundless space of heart and mind. The description of the seminar mentioned that the teacher had a wonderful sense of humor and next to this description was this picture of a guy with big loving eyes. These practices help us touch moments of freedom from our habitual patterns and thoughts and find equanimity in our present moment experience.Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, this retreat is suitable for newer as well as more experienced meditators.
The retreat will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions and dharma talk.
I thought to myself.The course I attended was inspirational and despite different backgrounds, cultures and religions, the truth and wisdom presented by Behram was universal.
After this first workshop, I then attended the retreat in Byron Bay, which brought another great wave of joy and inspiration.I have now been under Master B’s guidance for the last 6 years. Slowly, in the simplicity of silence of the day, we will learn to let go of distractions and touch our experience with a kind and open heart.
Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, this silent retreat is suitable for newer and more experienced meditators. It will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, practice instructions and dharma talk.The retreat fee is $50 and is due by Friday, June 5. There will be a separate opportunity at the retreat to make a dana offering (donation) to the teacher.
Our innate lovingkindness will be strengthened and enhanced through learning the formal practice of metta along with brahma vihara instructions, sitting and walking meditation and dharma talks. As our hearts awaken through lovingkindness we will discover a deeper sense of self-acceptance, openness and interconnection with all of life. For full information and to register go here and scroll down to the May retreat information. Surrounded by newly leafed trees and rolling hills, we will renew our minds and hearts in the simple yet profound practice of sitting and walking meditation.
Gradually this practice will lead us to intimacy with all of life as we touch the present moment with a a kind and open heart.This silent retreat will be held at Bethany Hills Retreat Center, Kingston Springs, TN. The retreat will include instruction, periods of walking and sitting meditation, dharma talks, discussion and optional private meetings with the teacher.
She has been meditating for 25 years and received full dharma teaching authorization in the Thai Forest lineage of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman. We see that everything that arises is not my "self" but a display of impermanent conditions. When the mind sees life through this clarity and is unclouded by confusion, we create the foundation for well-being, joy and equanimity.
Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, this silent retreat is suitable for new as well as more experienced meditators. You can pay through Paypal at the button below or send a check, made out to One Dharma Nashville to: One Dharma Nashville, 2301 12th Avenue South, Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37204. But the Buddha taught another way -- that the journey to liberation begins with Right Intention.
By cultivating Right Intention, part of the Eightfold Path, we can align our actions with our most deeply held values. In this retreat we will consult the wisdom of our own hearts and look with fresh eyes at what truly matters in our lives.
We will refine our direction for the New Year and create intentions that support our truest values and aspirations. Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, the retreat will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talk and discussion.
Slowly, in the simplicity and silence of the day, we will learn to let go of distractions and touch our experience with a kind and open heart.Led by meditation teacher Lisa Ernst, this silent retreat is suitable for newer and more experienced meditators. It will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, practice instructions and dharma talk.Retreat fee is $50 and is due by Friday, November 28.
Yet, in the business of the approaching holiday season, we may forget that true refuge is right where we are. We will focus on cultivating a quality of compassionate presence that embraces our experience with equanimity and insight.
Through this practice we begin to pierce the illusion of separation and and taste the joy of interconnectedness to all things. The retreat is offered on a sliding sclae basis from $425 - $550, which includes lodging and all meals. A $300 deposit will reserve your spot and is due upon registration, which is open through October 15. Please let us know the full amount on the sliding scale you will pay, with the balance due by November 1. In her teaching, Lisa emphasizes both transformational insight and everyday awakening as an invitation to embrace all of the path's possibilities. We learn to meet our suffering as well as the suffering of others with kindness and compassion. It will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, practice instructions and a dharma talk.
To listen to Lisa's Buddhist Geeks podcast on "Living the Questions" go here.“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. Live the questions.” – Rainer Maria Rilke During meditation practice it is customary to look inward and clarify our deepest intentions, yet unanswered questions may stand in the way.
In this day of mindfulness, we will have the opportunity to practice opening our hearts to our unresolved questions.
The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, practice instructions, Q&A and dharma talk.



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