Silent Insight Meditation Retreat 14.–21.8.2020 in Kruusila, Finland: Leela Sarti and Mads Folmer Jensen

Embodied freedom – practicing the path of awakening for the good of all living beings and our home the Earth

The practice of embodied, mindful meditation and inquiry opens the possibility to understand and transform our habits of dissatisfaction and  distraction, and invites spaciousness and openness in our day-to-day lives.

Welcome to a retreat exploring the possibility of being grounded in the natural goodness of being. We will inquire how to live a content life from the ground of presence, and being yourself in peace with others. With a spirit of curiosity and kindness, we’ll open to a direct experience of clear wakeful presence and engage in practices that support realignment, deep rest and embodiment. Becoming intimate, moment by moment, with living reality expands our life-perspective and attunes us to what really matters in life.

This retreat supports stabilizing natural awareness and mind-heart-body fullness. As we unwind our physical and mental contractions, we heal and unveil our boundless nature, our human kindness and dignity of being. This practice is more than a  personal spiritual process. It embraces our fundamental interconnection with all of life, and invites us to be engaged in the world from our depth and from love.

The retreat will include sitting, walking and standing meditation, dharma-talks, instructions, guided meditations, inquiry and the possibility of individual meetings with the teachers.

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?

This retreat is suitable for experienced meditators, the minimum requirement is one 5-day silent retreat (in any tradition).

Teachings are offered mainly 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?

LEELA SARTI has been a student of the Buddha’s teachings and practices for 30 years. She lives with her family in Sweden and in addition to teaching Insight Meditation retreats internationally,  Leela  works individually with students in her  practice in Stockholm.  She is a long term student of the Diamond Approach and since nine years part of a teacher training program in that tradition.

MADS FOLMER JENSEN has been working with inner transformation, presence and awareness for more than 30 years. He teaches meditation and spiritual embodiment with individuals and groups. He is living in the north of Copenhagen with his wife and where he also has his practice.

How much does it cost? How can I sign up?

The base price is 240 euros, 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.


Tuulikki Hukka, registrations (050 432 9241)