Amitavati is situated in the heartland of rural Valencia – Spain
Amitavati, which means ‘full of boundless possibilities’, is the home and rural retreat centre of Suratna and Vidyasri, two ordained members of the Triratna order. They offer a range of retreats in their working smallholding in the hills near the small town of Villar-del-Arzobispo in the hinterland of Valencia, Spain. Retreats are designed to bring visitors into intimate contact with the land and its resources. They include meditation retreats,shamanic journeying, drumming, painting and sculpture and working retreats. Please contact Suratna or Vidyasri if you would like to stay for a period as a member of our community.
A meditation retreat at Amitavati
Will be led by experienced meditation teachers, addressing different levels of experience of Buddhist meditations – from beginners to those with many years experience. At the beginning of all retreats we offer an in depth practical introduction to the meditation practices, including group discussion. There is also time to get to know the team and other retreatants. Most of the remainder of the retreat is a period of silent practice. Participants are also encouraged to take advantage of the one-to-one practice reviews with experienced team members. Formal practice time – including sitting and walking meditation – varies from retreat to retreat. There are usually a few optional evening rituals and puja. We live as a community during a retreat, and the basic household chores are usually shared by us all – washing-up, preparing vegetables for the cook etc., perhaps spending 1-1&1/2 hrs a day in this way – which enhances the nourishing experience of community-living and helps us ground our meditation experience. There is also free time each day to enjoy the beauty of the pine-covered & olive-tree terraced hills.