Akashavana is the women’s ordination retreat centre of the Triratna Buddhist Order. The retreats are only for women members of the Triratna Order or for women who have been invited to attend an ordination retreat there. The first Ordination Retreat took place in 2007, and since then, over 260 women have received their ordination there.
Akashavana occupies 108 hectares of land in two plots in the mountains above Valderrobres. One plot, nurturing the retreat centre, nestles between two limestone ridges where griffin vultures nest in the rock face and circle high above most days. The other is home to the community which is about an hour’s walk away. There is so much space there – not only on the land and in the vast blue skies, but also ‘psychic space’, which brings about a tremendous sense of seclusion. Along with the vastness of space there is also the intimacy of detail; the sense experience of meditating alone under a pine tree and touching the earth.
Please visit the Akashavana website to see what is happening, or read our blog here to see what the community is up to.
the community (Mumukshu, Amritamati, Bodhipakshini and Satyamuni))
As I write, the sun is streaming in...