Welcome to Guhyaloka

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

Good News

The good news is that Guhyaloka is open for retreats providing you are able to travel here in accordance with the travel, lock-down & quarantine rules that apply to you.

Solitary Retreats

Our four solitary retreat huts are available for bookings all year round.

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Post-ordination Retreat

Triratna post-ordination retreat will take place on August, 28th – November, 27th 2021. It is by invitation only.

Working Retreat

You are welcome to join us in improving Guhyaloka’s facilities, working together in the fresh air and living communally between January, 29th and February, 26th 2022. Further details here.

Help support Guhyaloka

Please consider making a donation to help us maintain and develop this amazing place. Like so many places we have lost the majority of our income this year and so any contributions would be especially welcome at this time.

Our Programme

29/01/22 – 26/02/22

Winter
Working Retreat

Come and enjoy shared practice and help maintain Guhyaloka at the same time! The residential community and working guests will engage with periods of focused work, maintaining the retreat centre and preparing it for the Ordination course.

28/08/21 – 27/11/21

Autumn
Ordination Course

Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order normally occurs in the context of a three-month ordination course and retreat. We look forward to welcoming the dozen or so men who will be joining the Triratna Buddhist Order.

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. If you are interested in us hosting a retreat for your year please get in contact.

Solitary Retreats

Darsendo

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

Almendra

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

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

Arthasarana

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

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.