Insight Meditation Retreat 22.-29.10.2011 in Loppi, Finland

Insight Meditation: Awakening Wisdom and Compassion

Why meditate?

During this retreat we will explore ways of practicing that help us to live with greater sensitivity, simplicity and joy. We will deepen our understanding of kindness, mindfulness and concentration, discovering for ourselves the path of freedom in each moment. Together in the silence we will create a supportive community in which each person can rest and awaken.

On this retreat we will practice insight meditation, also known as vipassana. The word vipassana means seeing things just as they are. Instruction in lovingkindness (metta) meditation is also offered. These meditation techniques are over 2500 years old and draw 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 do a retreat? What happens at a retreat?

This insight meditation (vipassana) retreat is suitable for both beginners and advanced meditators. For beginners, the retreat is a great way to learn the basics of insight meditation and see its 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 Abhayaloka retreat center in Loppi, about 70 km north of Helsinki, Finland.

Who are the teachers?

The retreat will be taught by Caroline Jones and Paul Burrows. Caroline Jones has been practising meditation since 1989. She started teaching in 2006, and now teaches at Gaia House and internationally. She has also covered periods at Gaia House as resident teacher. Caroline teaches in Finland annually. You may find some of her talks at

Paul Burrows has practised in ashrams, Buddhist monasteries and retreat centres in the UK, India and Nepal, and began leading retreats in the Insight Meditation tradition in 2007. Some of his talks may be downloaded at

How much does it cost? How can I join?

The base price of the retreat is 195 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 reserve a place at the retreat by paying the registration fee 30 euros to Nirodha’s account IBAN FI6012483000213060 (reference number 1020115) and by filling out the electronic application form at . The rest of the retreat fee (165 euros in case of the base price) should be paid by September 23rd.

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 send us an e-mail at

Best regards,
Tuulikki Hukka (+358 50 432 9241)
Anne Patrikainen (+358 40 533 9812)