Silent Insight Meditation Retreat 14.–17.11.2019 in Kruusila, Finland: Yuka Nakamura

Cultivating the seeds of serenity and wisdom

Perhaps the practice of Dharma has never been more important than in our time of crisis. Through the cultivation of mindfulness, wisdom, kindness, compassion and other qualities we develop the abilities to participate skilfully in this world and to offer our understanding, care and energy wherever needed. Turning towards and investigating our experience with curiosity is the way to ground ourselves, to see through the ways in which the heart-mind gets entangled and to realize growing degrees of freedom that come from letting go.

The retreat offers the opportunity to cultivate the seeds of serenity and wisdom through the practice of sitting and walking meditation.

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?

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?

Yuka Nakamura, PhD, has been practicing in several Buddhist traditions (Vipassana, Dzogchen and Zen) since 1993 and has practiced for long periods in the US (IMS, Spirit Rock), Burma and Japan. She has been teaching since 2012 at the Meditation Center Beatenberg in Switzerland, IMS (US), Gaia House (UK) and other places. She is a trained psychologist and MBSR-teacher and teacher-trainer.

The teacher will be assisted by Anne Patrikainen, one of Nirodha’s lead instructors.

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

The base price is 110 euros, but 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 formDon’t pay the registration fee.  More information about the price, registration and other details.


Suvi Rinkineva (+358 50 5955628)
Ulla Sillanpää (+358 40 536 4181)