Silent Insight Meditation Retreat 3.-8.2.2017 in Kruusila, Finland

Letting Go in Four Stages

During this retreat we will practice mindfulness meditation to develop our potential for letting go.  We will explore the different ways we can let go by developing stability, calmness and openness, by cultivating understanding, by exploring our triggers, habits and conditions and by being mindful of our felt experience.

On this retreat we will practice insight meditation, also known as vipassana. The word vipassana means seeing things just as they are. This meditation technique is over 2500 years old and draws from the Theravada Buddhist tradition. However, taking part in the retreat does not require an adherence to Buddhism or any adaptation of personal faith.

Why attend a retreat? What happens at a retreat?

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and advanced meditators. For beginners, the retreat is a great way to learn the basics of vipassana meditation and insight dialogue as well as see their effects clearly. For advanced meditators, the retreat offers an excellent opportunity to deepen and clarify one’s practice in the guidance of an experienced teacher.

The retreat is held in English. The days are spent in silence and consist of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, work period, small group discussions and individual interviews. Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner are served during the retreat. The venue of the retreat is The Friendships Inn in Kruusila near Salo, about 100 km west of Helsinki, Finland.

Who is the teacher?

The retreat will be taught by Martine Batchelor. She lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. Martine Batchelor is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France. Her latest work is the The Spirit of the Buddha.

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

The base price of the retreat is 140 euros. The retreat cost covers the traveling expenses of the teachers, the rent of the retreat facility, and the food expenses. The teachers and the organizers do not receive any payment for their services; instead, the retreatants may support the teachers and the organizers by donations after the retreat.

You can sign up by filling in the sign up form. The retreat is now fully booked. You can still sign up for waiting list, but don’t pay the registration fee.

Your place is confirmed when you pay the registration fee 30 euros to Nirodha’s account.

Account number: FI83 3636 3010 8888 24
Bank name: S-Bank Ltd
Bank address: Fleminginkatu 34, 00510 HELSINKI, Finland
Swift code: SBANFIHH
Name of bank account holder: Nirodha ry
Address of the account holder: Vetehisenkuja 3, 00530 Helsinki
Type of account: business account
Reference number: 201728 (It is important to use this reference number in the payment!)

Please include the name or names of participants in the message field if you are not paying only for yourself from your own account.

You can also use PayPal. The recipient’s email address is If you send money by PayPal, we will charge you also the PayPal fee which is about 7 euros for the whole retreat price. This fee will be charged when you pay the rest of the retreat fee.

The rest of the retreat fee (110 euros in case of the base price) should be paid by January 3rd 2017. In case of cancellations the registration fee is not refundable. If the cancellation takes place before January the 3rd 2017, the rest of the retreat fee will be returned.

If you are coming from abroad, please note that we are not able to provide any documents for visa applications because of limited resources.

We feel that financial situation should not prevent anybody from participating, so we are willing to offer the retreat for a reduced price, if needed. If the base price is too high for you, please contact us at and let us know how much you are able to pay. If you would like to support those in dire financial situation, you can pay more than the base price.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at

Best regards,
Tuulikki Hukka (+358 50 432 9241)