The silence of the Heart
On this retreat we will draw attention to the mystery of the heart, Citta.
The heart not only as a physical organ, but as an imaginal and spiritual centre of stillness. Once the feeling resonance of the heart is activated through meditation, energy work, chanting and bowing we will learn to recognize and develop strategies to release the the first 3 fetters: skeptical doubt, self view and attachment to rituals, pointing to the realization of what in the Pali canon is described as ”entering the stream” or Sotapanna. Emphasis will be placed on using creatively the the sound of silence as a focus for concentration.
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 and also includes instructions for meditation, an evening talk, a working period and a voluntary exercise of mindful movement. 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?
This retreat is led by Suvaco. He practised as a Buddhist monk for 17 years. He continues his work as a psychotherapist, cranio sacral practitioner and meditation teacher. Currently he divides his time between teaching Dharma and seeing people one to one. He is part of the teaching staff at Gaia house, Devon.
How much does it cost? How can I sign up?
The base price is 170 €, but it is also possible to pay more or less than this. You may sign up by paying the registration fee and filling in the registration form. More information about the price, registration and other details.
Marianne Kautiala (+358 50 531 8228) registrations