Grounded In The Present Moment: Using Mindful Eating to Support Your Practice

Grounded In The Present Moment: Using Mindful Eating to Support Your Practice | April 28, 6pm to April 30, 2pm

You are looking for opportunities to support your overall health and reduce or prevent burnout. You know that mindfulness renews mental health by changing neural pathways, but like most of us, you can see that meditating for a few minutes a day isn’t always enough. You are looking for support, ideas, and instruction to take mindfulness off the cushion and into your daily life.  

This retreat is a delicious way to reconnect with the present moment using food and eating as your touchstone. You will practice off-the-cushion mindful eating techniques to nourish and reconnect with your body. Dust off and explore new ways to savor the present moment when eating and moving. 

Let time slow down during this spacious mindfulness retreat, filled with simple, delicious vegetarian meals and gentle and enjoyable movement in the beautiful and relaxed atmosphere of Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center. The retreat will allow you to practice being mindful with food and movement to support self-care, self-kindness, health, joy, and peace.

Dh Amala and Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed, RD, CDE, were co-founders of The Center for Mindful Eating. 


Led By —

Amala has been studying and practicing meditation and Buddhism since the early 1970s. She has been practicing with the Triratna Community since 1991 and was ordained in 2000. Amala is currently the Chair of the Spiritual Vitality Council and leads a variety of retreats and classes.

Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed., RD, CDCDS, is a registered dietitian and diabetes care and educator specialist. She is the author of five weight-neutral mindful eating books. She lives and works in New Hampshire and has been meditating regularly since 1999.

A Culture of Generosity and Support
In the tradition of passing on the Dharma freely, our Dharma retreat and workshop facilitators offer their work without charge and are not paid. We recognize the value in what they do and want to thank them for their time, energy and wisdom. A financial gift can help support our facilitators to afford them the opportunity to lead. Please consider making a donation towards their support. 
There is often a cash collection and a thank you card that is passed on the retreat, though one can also make a donation directly to facilitators with a check, and some use money transfer services such as PayPal or Venmo.
Thank you for considering this.


How are we coming together safely?

  • Please take a Covid-19 rapid test on the day of the event (Aryaloka does not provide this test). A negative rapid test is required for entry; please take a photo of your test results and present at the door. 
  • If you know you have been exposed to Covid-19 within a five day period of the event’s start-time, we ask that you not attend in-person.*  Stay up-to-date with exposure guidelines here.
  • Masks are optional unless otherwise stated. Masks are required indoors for anyone testing negative of Covid-19 within days 6-10 of post-covid exposure without infection.
  • If you have recently recovered from Covid-19, stay up-to-date with CDC guidance here as to when you’re clear to be back in public.*
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, we ask that you do not attend in-person.*
  • All participants will be asked to sign a waiver of liability in relation to Covid-19.
  • We have installed new air purifiers with virus-destroying technology!
  • There are new cleaning and sanitation protocols.

*Zoom options are available for many events. Transfer of fees or refunds are also available for illness or illness-preventative related absence. 

Please email if you have any questions about our safety protocols. Aryaloka may adjust these policies in relation to current, local infection rates, and will keep retreatants posted on such changes.


At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. 

The Event Rate is our actual fee for the event. It is for people paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford occasional or regular leisure expenses such as dining out. Any payment above the advertised fee is a tax-deductible donation. 

The Mid-Level Reduced Rate is for those who are paying their mortgage or rent, though experience a consistent tightness in budget that makes extras like leisure activities or unexpected expenses difficult or impossible. 

The Base-Level Reduced Rate is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. 

Those whose circumstances are not included above can email the office to make other arrangements.

April 28th, 2023 6:00 PM through April 30th, 2023 2:00 PM
14 Heartwood Circle
Newmarket, NH 03857
United States
Phone: 603-659-5456
Event Fee(s)
Sliding Scale 1 $320.00
Sliding Scale 2 $260.00
Sliding Scale 3 $200.00

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