Welcome to Guhyaloka

…a Triratna Buddhist residential men’s community and retreat centre located in Spain

Good News

Guhyaloka is open for solitary retreats providing you are able to travel here in accordance with the lockdown & quarantine rules that apply to you. Please contact us for further information.

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Our Programme

07/09/20 – 30/11/20

Forest Retreat

Live and practice with the community for a week, 2 weeks, a month…

23/01/21 – 20/02/21

Working Retreat

Come and enjoy shared practice and help maintain Guhyaloka at the same time!

06/04/21 – 29/06/21

Ordination Course

Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order normally occurs in the context of a three-month course.

03/07/21 – 21/08/21

Guhyaloka available
for reunion retreats

Since the anniversary of the first Ordination Courses we have hosted short reunion retreats in the summer months.

31/08/21 – 23/11/21

Ordination Course

Occasionally we host two Ordination Courses in one year. In 2021 because of a cancellation there will be two long courses.

Solitary Retreats


Darsendo is close to the retreat centre and offers beautiful, expansive views down the valley towards the sea. The sunsets of autumn are famous.


Set deep in the pine woods that fill the valley, this cabin is the most secluded of the three locations, disturbed only by the occasional grunt of wild boar.


Jnanakhadga is a modern, spacious cabin with a shaded patio area overlooking Moorish terraces thick with gorse, flowers and wild rosemary.


Arthasarana is the largest ‘cabin’ – a kilometer away from Guhyaloka – and set in 9ha (22acres) of open terraces and rocky mountain slopes.

About Guhyaloka

Although one can see the Mediterranean from some parts of the property Guhyaloka is situated in a very secluded mountain valley in the province of Alicante in Spain. The community members have chosen to live a simple life away from the business of the world and modern social life and at the same time to provide facilities for men who also want to leave their normal world behind for anything from one to twelve weeks, so as to deepen their spiritual practice. This can be done either alone, in one of our four solitary cabins, or with others, by joining the community for a while, or by coming on one of our other type of retreats.

An important function of Guhyaloka is to host the annual Ordination courses during which fifteen or so men, after several years training, join the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Guhyaloka is for men only but at Akashavana, which is also in Spain, there are similar facilities for women to engage in intensive retreats, especially when they are ordained.


Uttaraloka is a “forest hermitage” in a neighbouring valley. Manjuvajra, a long time member of the Triratna Buddhist Order lives there as caretaker and invites others to join him to live a simple life as part of a small community away from the ‘world’ – the complexities and distractions of normal life.