Suryavana Retreat Centre

Suryavana Retreat Center is located in Jérica, in the Masía Novales between the mountains or Sierras, Calderona and Espadán in a beautiful natural landscape. A country house up in the hills 60 km to the North West of Valencia. The area offers plenty of opportunities for walking and hiking.

This is the retreat centre associated with the Valencia Buddhist Centre, a space dedicated exclusively to meditation and Dharma practice. It is situated in a delightfully hidden corner, surrounded by arable olive and almond trees as well as pine and oak woodlands.

The farmhouse, was built a century ago, consists of 10 large rooms, 10 bathrooms, an professionally appointed kitchen, a dining room for 45 people, a large patio to accommodate 60 people.

Much love and care goes into creating an ideal place to practice.


About the name

Suryavana can be translated as “the Enlightened forest”, “Buddha’s retreat”, or “the Illuminated abode of Loving kindness”.
When we first visited the site, one of the things that struck us was the magical light of the sun at sunset and the play of that light on the trees and on the fields. Within the grounds of the retreat centre there is a very beautiful pine forest located on a small hill. It is a somewhat mysterious place and propitious for doing rituals. This gave us the ideas for the name: the sunlight and the forest. It is said that Surya (sun) is an epithet of the Buddha himself; it appears in the sutras of the Mahayana as an image of the Dharma; and, at the same time, is used as a symbol of maitri, or Loving Kindness the essence of the Sangha. So “Surya” evokes the Three jewels that are central to the Buddhha´s way. “Vana”, on the other hand, means dwelling or forest and, therefore, suggests “retreat to the forest”, or withdrawal from mundane existence.