Virya: Energy and Effort in Dharma life: Four Sanghas Weekend 2024

Friday, May 17, 2024 to Sunday, May 19, 2024
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This retreat is ONLY for people who regularly attend Chester, West Wales,
Llangollen and Shrewsbury Triratna Sanghas. All genders welcome.

How do we keep our energy flowing for our practice? How do we keep in touch with
what inspires us? Our energy may become blocked, or dissipated by being pulled in
different directions. How can we become more integrated so that more of our energy
is available for our practice?

In the teaching of the Four Right Efforts, the Buddha made it clear that the most
important area for effort is in working with our mind states. But we need to find a
balance between making an effort, persisting with our practice, and letting go, being
receptive - not falling into the trap of practice as a self-improvement exercise.

During the weekend we will explore aspects of virya together, turning our minds to
Buddhist teachings in a beautiful environment, and building friendships with others
who share our values. It will include teaching, meditation, small group discussions,
ritual, body work and a little silence.

Come and share in the flow of energy we can create through sangha.

*The shrine space on this retreat is a marquee.

Suggested donation (in addition to the booking fee): £60 waged / £40 unwaged
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Paying for your retreat

Taraloka runs on generosity.

To book a retreat you pay a booking fee.  This is the only charge made for coming on retreat. As far as possible, we don't want anyone's financial situation to stop them from coming to Taraloka.  

At the end of your retreat, you have the opportunity to give money towards Taraloka.  If you are able to donate, you are giving to another person who otherwise could not afford to come on retreat.  And you are helping to give the gift of Taraloka to the women of the future.

Suggested donations

Our suggested donations (in addition to the booking fee) for 2023-24 are (waged/unwaged)

  • Weekend retreats (£195 / 135)
  • Long Weekend (3 nights) (£220 / 155)
  • 4 night retreats (£250/ 170)
  • 5 night retreats (£280/ 190)
  • Week retreats: (£360/ 245)
  • 9 night retreats (£405 / 285)
  • 12 night retreats (£460 / 305)

Our suggested donations (in addition to the booking fee) for 2024-25 are (waged/unwaged)

  • Weekend retreats (£195 / 135)
  • Long Weekend (3 nights) (£225 / 160)
  • 4 night retreats (£255 / 175)
  • 5 night retreats (£285 / 195)
  • Week retreats: (£365 / 250)
  • 9 night retreats (£410 / 290)
  • 12 night retreats (£465/ 310)

There will be an opportunity to make your donation at the end of the retreat.  Donations can be made by credit/debit card, cheque or cash.

Those who cannot afford our suggested donations are free to contribute what they can. 

Running on generosity is radical – thank you for being part of that.

For more information see what does it cost and a flow of generosity