THE BEAUTY OF BEING
You are invited to a retreat exploring the possibility of being grounded in the natural goodness of being. We will inquire how to live a full life from the ground of presence and being yourself in peace with others. With a spirit of curiosity and kindness we will engage in meditative practices that support realignment, deep rest and embodiment. To invite inner intimacy the retreat will be held in silence. The retreat will include guided meditations, teaching sessions, small group meetings and personal time to meet with the teacher.
“A human life infused with natural beauty, a fulfilling life, means to develop a taste for truth, depth and simply being. These qualities are present all the time, you do not have to achieve them, you just need to appreciate them and orient yourself towards them so that you allow yourself the time and opportunity for them to emerge.”
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 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 teaching Buddhist Insight Meditation retreats internationally for 20 years and works individually with students in her practice in Stockholm. She has a Masters degree in psychology and lives in the Stockholm archipelago with her family. Leela is also a student of the Diamond Approach and training to be a teacher in that tradition. Here are some of Leela’s dharma talks.
The teacher will be assisted by Sari Markkanen and Sampo Koistinen, two of Nirodha’s lead instructors.
How much does it cost? How can I sign up?
The base price is 160 euros. It is also possible to pay more or less than this. 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.
Tuulikki Hukka (+358 50 432 9241)
Pirita Särmä (+358 40 703 8085)