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Retreat from Afar

"Winter has become my favorite time of year, and it's because of Retreat from Afar. My practice is most stable during those three months. I tangibly feel the support of everyone doing the retreat at the Abbey and around the world."

  Susan Mitchell
  Cataldo, Idaho

Retreat from Afar (en Español)

Every winter the residents of Sravasti Abbey do three months of retreat. While a few guests can join us in person each year, dozens and even hundreds can join by doing the Retreat from Afar.

To extend the retreat experience, we offer the opportunity to do the Retreat from Afar and make a connection with the retreat by participating along with us.

Join us this winter for: 

Manjushri Retreat from Afar

1-month Retreat: January 13 - February 9
3-month Retreat: January 13 - April 13 

By doing a daily practice during the same dates as the retreat, you develop your Dharma practice while feeling the support of the Abbey residents who are doing the same. You also give your support to those of us doing the retreat at the Abbey, encouraging our practice.

The Abbey has offered the Retreat from Afar for several years, and people have loved doing it. They maintained a regular daily practice, deepened their understanding of the Dharma, and gained many insights into their lives. Last winter, over 240 people joined the Retreat from Afar! We enjoy seeing their photos each time we entered the meditation hall to do sessions.

To participate you commit to at least one practice session of the Manjushri sadhana every day.

Retreatants from Afar can study past teachings on the Manjushri practice found on You can stay in touch with the retreat through Bodhisattva Breakfast Corner videos and on Facebook.

If you would like to participate in the Retreat from Afar, please email our coordinator, and let us know. Send us a photo of yourself to place in the meditation hall at the Abbey during the retreat, symbolizing your participation.

Retreat Preparation and Study Materials

Follow the guidelines for retreat preparation that you'll find on this page.

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