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Rest and Renewal Retreat, Dec 4-6, 2009

flowing riverRecharge your batteries with a weekend of calm and relaxation! Join retreat leaders Amala and Sunada on this residential retreat — where you can relax, be taken care of, and regain some perspective on your life. You’ll rejuvenate body and mind with wholesome vegetarian meals, meditation, yoga, and massage. You’ll also learn ‘take-home’ skills to help you manage stress and enhance self-care in your daily life at home.

The retreat is open to anyone who is suffering from burnout, stress, overwork or who feels disconnected from their ability to enjoy life.

Activities include:

  • Meditation
  • Deep relaxation
  • Massage & Reiki bodywork
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Voice and sound
  • Creating community
  • Sharing your story with others
  • Bringing your life mandala into balance

This retreat is designed for:

  • Anyone experiencing stress or burnout
  • Anyone wanting a gentle and nurturing retreat experience
  • Anyone feeling the need to reconnect and restore balance in their life
  • Caregivers and family members, therapists, teachers, administrators, the overworked and underappreciated!

The retreat is held at Aryaloka Buddhist Center, which is situated on 13 secluded acres in southern New Hampshire. For more information visit their website at www.aryaloka org.

Comments from past participants:

“The retreat exceeded expectations.” “It will help for a long time.” “It felt like being at a magic place.” “It was helpful to me personally and gave me resources to offer my clients.” “Leaders were ‘unbelievably’ responsive.”

The Retreat Facilitators:

Dharmacharini Amala is the Program Director for Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket, NH. She is a meditation instructor at the Center and other venues with over 30 years meditation experience. Amala is ordained in the Western Buddhist Order and has dedicated her life to bringing the joys of mindfulness and contemplative life to all who seek peace and wisdom in their lives.

Dharmacharini Sunada is a member of the Western Buddhist Order, a meditation teacher and life coach. Her 14 years of Buddhist practice and meditation experience inform all of her work. She teaches at Wildmind (www.wildmind.org), a web resource for Buddhist meditation, and also runs her own life coaching business (www.mindfulpurpose.com), through which she guides people toward embracing their authentic strengths and living with a greater sense of purpose.

A team of massage and reiki practitioners will provide gentle, restorative bodywork.

For more information visit www.aryaloka org, or the Aryaloka office at (603) 659-5456.

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About Sunada Takagi

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Sunada Takagi is on a mission to help people open their hearts and minds through mindfulness. Her work includes leading classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in the Boston area, and coaching individual clients through life transitions -- from anywhere in the world via phone and Skype. Read more at her site, Mindful Purpose Life Coaching.

Sunada also teaches and leads retreats at Boston Triratna Buddhist Community and Aryaloka Buddhist Center. Sunada was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2004. This is where she received her name, which means "beautiful, excellent sound."

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