august, 2021

13aug(aug 13)18:0020(aug 20)14:00FeaturedHeart Sutra summer retreat with Stephan Pende:A spacious and healing meditation retreat north of Stockholm in beautiful nature close to a big river.

Time

13 (Friday) 18:00 - 20 (Friday) 14:00 CET

Location

Dharmagiri

VÄSTER BÄNNBÄCK 192

Event Details

A spacious and healing meditation retreat north of Stockholm in beautiful nature close to a big river.

The radical message of the Heart Sutra, one of Buddhism’s most famous texts, is a sweeping attack on everything we hold most dear: our troubles, the world as we know it, even the teachings of the Buddha himself. Overcoming fear, the Buddha teaches, is not to be accomplished by shutting down or building walls around oneself, but instead by understanding the illusory nature of everything we fear – including ourselves. 

We will approach the Heart Sutra as an invitation to practice and to bring our insights into daily life and our relationships. 

PLEASE NOTE: This retreat takes place in Dharmaghiri retreat center, Sala (see directions below)

The teacher: Stephan Pende Wormland

Born 1965 in Germany, MA in clinical psychology and trained in Gestalt therapy. He is very experienced teacher: he has studied and practiced meditation in multiple Buddhist traditions for over 30 years and has spent all together five (5) years in meditation retreats. He was a monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years, and teaches meditation in Buddhist centers in Europe.

Yin Yoga

Like the previous three years, we will be offering Yin Yoga as an integral part of the retreat. This year Yin yoga classes will be offered by Gunilla T Jonsson. 

Retreat Schedule

Friday (arrival day)
16:00  – Arriving and settling in
19:00 – 20.00 Dinner
20:00 – 21.00 Introduction and short practice

Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday 
07:00 – 07.30 Meditation
07.30 – 08.00 Break (preparing breakfast)
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 – 11.00 Meditation and walking meditation
11.00 – 11.30 Break 
11.30 – 13.00 Yin yoga – Group 1
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch and lunch break
15.00 – 17.00 Meditation and walking meditation
17.00 – 17.30 Break
17:30 – 19:00 Yin yoga – Group 2
19.00 – 20:00 Dinner
20.00 – 21.00 Prajna paramita Practice

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Precepts) 
06:30 – 07.00 Precepts
07:00 – 08:00 Break
08.00 – 10.00 Meditation and walking meditation
10.00 – 10.30 Break (preparing lunch)
10.30 – 11.30 Yin yoga – Group 2
11.30 – 15.00 Lunch and lunch break
15.00 – 17.00 Meditation and walking meditation
17.00 – 17:30 Break
17:30 – 18:30 Mindful Movements – Group 1
18:30 – 20.00 Break
20:00 – 21.00 Prajna paramita practice

Friday (departure day)
07:00 – 07.30 Meditation
07.30 – 08.00 Break (preparing breakfast)
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 – 11.00 Meditation and walking meditation
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and lunch break

Mahayana Precepts

For three days during the retreat we will be taking the Mahayana Precepts (see this document) to increase the depth of the practice. This means that we will be eating only one meal per day (lunch at around 11:30). If you are unable to follow such a diet for medical reasons, you will need to provide for the an extra meal (dinner, breakfast will be available to prepare) yourself those three days.

Silence

Most of the retreat will be in silence. We also encourage everyone to keep their mobile phones turned off during the entire retreat. We are so used to escaping into distractions, so during the retreat it is very beneficial to keep those to minimum!

Cancelling your participation

If you cancel your booking 3 weeks prior to the start date, we keep 200 SEK as an administrative fee. If you cancel later than 3 weeks prior to the start date, we keep the entire donation unless we can find a replacement.

To bring: Sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases, towels, toiletries, books, pens etc. Meditation cushions and stools available at Dharmagiri, bring your own if you have particular wishes about what you want to sit on.

Allergies/diet/health: Is there anything we need to know about your health? Do you need special diets or are allergic to something? Are you vegan? Do you snore? (So ​​we can take that into account when we make room placement…)

How to get to Dharmagiri

Retreat Center By car From Stockholm it takes about 2-2.5 hours by car. Click this link for Google maps directions. Take road E18 to Enköping, before entering Enköping, take road 70 toward Sala. At the first roundabout at the entrance to Sala, go straight. At the second roundabout, follow signs to Saladamm (over the railroad tracks). After Saladamm it is straight ahead. About 27 km from Sala turn right at the sign for Bännbäck. Drive straight for approximately 3 km. Just after the sign V. Bännbäck look for houses to the right on a little hill.  There is a mailbox with a wagon wheel opposite the entrance.

By train or bus There are trains to Sala from, for example, Stockholm and Arlanda. It is also good to come from the south via Västeras. Search train times at www.sj.se. Train Stockholm – Sala costs approx 110-125 SEK single ticket, 2nd class, non-refundable. From Arlanda tickets are more expensive, there is a surcharge for stepping on / off. If you cannot arrange to be picked up at the train in Sala you can take the bus to Möklinta. From there also needed pick-up by car, but it’s closer Dharmagiri and may be easier to arrange a ride from there. Times for bus 63 Sala Travel Centre – Möklinta found on www.vl.se.

Here you can read testimonials from participants from the previous retreats:

During a most difficult period in life it has been of great value to put it all on pause and walk more clear on the path of practicing for a while. To sit with whatever it is. And doing it together with others under the leading of a great teacher can be most healing. – Inger W-Forss

“Novelty is having new experiences of ourselves in the world”. I knew beach holidays, I knew hiking trips. I knew dining and clubbing in cities, I knew dinner parties and long conversations, but I didn’t know I could be silent and digital free for a week and feel absolutely relaxed and inspired. – Gu Jian

I regained faith in essence-love through being with/in it. I found new ways of vitalizing my practice through movement. – Anonymous

Great teacher, great place, warm and safe atmosphere. Worth to do at least once a year. – Anonymous

It’s very hard to write a short testimonial about a profound, personal experience. What I can say is that giving yourself time, in silence, with others, under the guidance of an experienced teacher is an investment in your wellbeing and therefore for others. It is really a unique gift. – Anonymous

A life saving experience! I found something I didn’t know I ́d lost! – Anonymous

A silent week in beautiful nature with meditation, yoga, long walks, good food and swimming, what more do you need? – Anonymous

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