Summer retreat with Stephan Pende: The Effortless Mind – Introduction To Mahamudra

07aug(aug 7)18:0014(aug 14)14:00Summer retreat with Stephan Pende: The Effortless Mind – Introduction To MahamudraA spacious and healing meditation retreat north of Stockholm in beautiful nature close to a big river.


7 (Fredag) 18:00 - 14 (Fredag) 14:00 CET(GMT+02:00)




Information om evenemang

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

What we will explore

Exploring the nature of consciousness within the context of a retreat is probably the best way to take the essence of this precious human life.

We will base our journey on the book ”Mahamudra – How to discover your true Nature” by Lama Thubten Yeshe. We have a few copies of these books at our bookshop.

Lama Yeshe has an amazing skill to make this profound exploration accessible to the Western mind, independent of your background and experience.

We will start right where we are and have the opportunity to discover a place of rest which will be accessible everywhere and in any kind of situation.

All teachings are in English.

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.

Retreat Schedule

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 (cleaning after breakfast)
09.00 – 11.00 Meditation and walking meditation
11.00 – 11.30 Break
11.30 – 13.00 Mindful movements (or preparing lunch) – Group 1
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch and lunch break (cleaning after lunch)
15.00 – 17.00 Meditation and walking meditation
17.00 – 17.30 Break
17:30 – 19:00 Mindful Movements (preparing dinner) – Group 2
20.00 – 21.00 Padmasambhava 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 Mindful movements (or preparing lunch) – Group 2
11.30 – 15.30 Lunch and lunch break (cleaning after lunch)
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 Padmasambhava Practice
Friday (departure day)  
07:00 – 07.30 Meditation
07.30 – 08.00
Break (preparing breakfast)
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast (cleaning after breakfast)
09.00 – 11.00 Meditation and walking meditation
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and lunch break (cleaning after lunch)

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.


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 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

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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  • Gunilla T Jonsson

    Gunilla T Jonsson

    Gunilla T Jonsson är Yin-yoga, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction och Corporate Based Mindfulness Training lärare och medlem i Mindfulness-Based Teacher Association Sweden.
    Hon har arbetat som Organisationskonsult och Ledarcoach i många år och har dessförinnan flerårig arbetslivserfarenhet som Leg. Naprapat. I yin-yogan kombinerar hon kunskaper om kroppen, mindfulness, hälsa och ledarskap.
    Några av hennes lärare inom kroppsmedvetenhet och meditation är Camilla Sköld, Magdalena Mecweld, Isolde Matulessy, Glen Svensson, Stephan Pende, Sangye Khadro m.fl.

  • Stephan Pende

    Stephan Pende

    Meditation Teacher

    Stephan Wormland, born 1965 in Germany, has studied and practiced meditation in multiple traditions for over 30 years. He has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, is trained in Gestalt therapy and worked for 6 years in a psychiatric hospital. He lived as an ordained monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years and, during that time, served as the director of Nalanda Monastery in the south of France and spent a total of 5 years in group and solitary retreats. The main teacher of Stephan is Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). He has received teachings and guidance from great Tibetan Masters of the four schools like the Dalai Lama, Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Kirti Thenshap Rinpoche, Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, and Choden Rinpoche. He has practiced and studied with foremost Western teachers like Peter Fenner, Alan Wallace, Rob Preece, Alex Berzin, Pema Chodron, Robert Thurman, and Ken McLeod. He was the resident teacher of the Center for Visdom og Medfølelse in Copenhagen for many years and currently teaches meditation in Buddhist Centers around Europe. Since 2009 he has been studying Radiant Mind with Peter Fenner and completed the Nondual Teacher Training. He is also a program adviser of the Potential Project.


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