Insight Meditation Retreat 20.-27.10.2012 in Kruusila, Finland

Insight Meditation: Finding our strength.

Why meditate?

Known as the five powers: confidence, perseverance, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom are what make a meditation practice empowering and liberating. By cultivating and balancing these mental factors, we release our rich inner resources and find the strength and gladness of heart to live a life of courageous action, compassion and joy.

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 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 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. On this retreat, we will also do a few short inquiry exercises that involve mindful speaking and listening. Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner are served during the retreat. The venue of the retreat is Ystävyyden Majatalo in Kruusila near Salo, about 100 km west 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 sign up?

The base price of the retreat is 185 euros. The retreat cost covers the traveling expenses of the teachers, the rent of the retreat facility, and the food expenses. The teacher 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 40 euros to Nirodha’s account IBAN FI6012483000213060 (reference number 1020128) and by filling out the electronic application form at . The rest of the retreat fee (145 euros in case of the base price) should be paid by September 15th. In case of cancellations the registration fee is not refundable. If the cancellation takes place before September 15th, 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 send us an e-mail at

Best regards,
Tuulikki Hukka (+358 50 432 9241)
Ilkka Urvas (+358 50 454 3000)