Welcome to the Guhyaloka Website
Founded in 1986, Guhyaloka is an international men’s Buddhist retreat centre run by the Triratna Buddhist Community. Far from the hustle and bustle of the modern life Guhyaloka is a place to relax, unwind, live a simple life, either alone or in the company of others, and discover within oneself deeper sources of satisfaction and energy.
Arriving in the Spanish valley after driving or walking, along ten kilometres of rough dirt road you immediately understand why it is called Guhyaloka - the "secret realm". It is a magical place in a beautiful natural setting in a canyon deep in the mountains. There are very few vehicles, no mains electricity, fresh spring water, no phone, no television, no internet, no shops, and no restaurants. In fact there are no external demands to interfer with one's deepening experience of meditation and one’s understanding and practice of the Buddha’s teaching, or “Dharma” as is it is traditionally called.
The retreat centre was originally set up to provide facilities for intensive 4-month retreats for men about to be ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. However, we now also offer facilities for people who wish to do solitary retreats for periods from one week to two years, and we also hold communal retreats for members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and for the general public.
Retreats held at Guhyaloka are only for men, but within the Triratna Community there are retreat facilities for just women , and for both men and women. See the Triratna Page for more information
For a quick tour of the valley and the facilities see a short introductory slide show
Guhyaloka Trust and OBO
The Guhyaloka Trust is a registered UK charity and the OBO (Orden Budista Occidental, or in English, Western Buddhist Order), its sister organisation, is a Spanish, non-profit organisation. Together they are responsible for holding and caring for the land and retreat centre, and are committed to providing an ideal location for spiritual practice.