The teachings presented during this retreat will emphasize continuous awareness as basis for clear seeing and developing wisdom. The meditation techniques we practice are over 2,500 years old and are mostly based on the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Taking part in the retreat does not, however, require an adherence to Buddhism or any adaptation of personal faith.
Why take part in the retreat? What happens on a retreat?
The retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Beginners have a chance to become familiar with basic meditation techniques and to see their effects clearly in practice, so a retreat is a good way to begin a meditation practice. For experienced meditators, a retreat is a great opportunity to deepen and clarify their practice under the guidance of qualified teachers.
Teachings are offered in English. The daily routine consists mostly of sitting and walking meditation, instructions for meditation and a working period. The retreat is held in silence except during individual or group interviews with a teacher.
The retreat includes a daily breakfast, lunch and light dinner, all vegetarian. Participants stay in 2-4 person rooms. The retreat will take place at the Friendship Inn, which is located in Kruusila, near Salo, on the shore of beautiful Lake Pernjärvi.
Who are the teachers?
Alexis Santos has practiced Insight Meditation in India, Burma and the US since 2001. He has been a long-time student of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, including several years of training as a Buddhist Monk under his guidance. Alexis’ teaching emphasizes knowing the mind through a natural and relaxed continuity. He brings a practical, intuitive and compassionate approach to the development of wisdom and qualities of the heart.
Anushka Fernandopulle has trained for over 25 years in the Theravada tradition in the U.S., India and Sri Lanka and teaches retreats around the globe. Anushka is on the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council in California and leads a weekly group in San Francisco. Her teaching is informed by nature, creative arts, political engagement, and modern urban life.
How much does it cost? How can I sign up?
The base price is still open, but it is estimated to be 240 euros at the most. The exact price will be announced at a later date. Retreat is full , but you can sign up to the waiting list by filling in the registration form. Don’t pay the registration fee! More information about the price, registration and other details.
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