Meditation Retreat with Sayadaw U Tejaniya 6.-15.5.2016

Dhamma Everywhere

Sayadaw U Tejaniya’s style of teaching and what he emphasises is dynamic – an evolving process based on his own experiences and with recognition of the difficulties meditators face in their practice. Sayadaw’s teaching is direct and accessible aided by his deep experience and lively humour.

His teaching is based on the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s discourse on mindfulness, and emphasises awareness and ’right view’ in every situation.

To this end there isn’t a fixed programme, the invitation being to sit and walk as feels appropriate to cultivating continuity of awareness.

Towards the end of the retreat ’talking meditation’ will be introduced.

SAYADAW U TEJANIYA was born in 1962 and began practising meditation as a teenager, training under the late meditation master Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw. He ordained in 1996 and is the meditation teacher at Shwe Oo Min Meditation Centre in Yangon, Burma. He is the author of several books and teaches worldwide.

Sayadaw U Tejaniya will teach his second retreat in Finland with Alexis Santos as an assistant teacher. Teachings will be translated to English by Ma Thet.

How much does it cost?

The base price of the retreat is 250 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 request a place by filling in the sign up form . We will confirm your place on the retreat or the wait list when we have received the sign up form.

The retreat fee is 250 euros and should be paid only after you have received a confirmation of having a place on the retreat. In case of cancellations the registration fee is not refundable. If the cancellation takes place before April 6th, the rest of the retreat fee minus handling cost of 30 € will be returned. If you pay from an account which is not your own, please write a message to, telling the name of the person owning the account, the name of the person participating on the retreat, and the date of the transaction.

Bank name: S-Bank
City where bank located: Helsinki
Swift code: SBANFIHH
Name of bank account holder: Nirodha ry
Address: Vetehisenkuja 3, 00530 Helsinki
Account number: FI83 3636 3010 8888 24
Reference number: 2016050

If bank transfer is not possible, you can use PayPal to pay the fee to Please add 10 euros to the amount to cover PayPal fees and mention the reference number 2016050 in the PayPal message. All payments should be made in euros to avoid extra fees.

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.

Other practicalities

The retreat starts on Friday 6th of May. It is possible to arrive to Friendship Inn from 5 p.m. onwards. Supper will be served 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7.30 p.m. The retreat ends on Sunday 15th of May at the latest at 3 p.m. The retreat must be attended in full. We will send more information about how to get to the retreat place approximately one week before the retreat.

The retreat Venue is Friendship Inn in Kruusila, near Salo, at the shore of lake Pernjärvi.  Accommodation is usually in rooms of 2-4 people. The rooms will be assigned to yogis in the order in which they arrive. As you fill in the application form, please mention if you have special needs regarding accommodation. In Friendship Inn there may be cats and/or dogs, which do not have access to the meditation hall or bedrooms, but might be a problem if you suffer from severe allergy.

During the retreat we offer three simple vegetarian meals a day: breakfast, lunch and a light supper. At breaks there will be tea and instant coffee on offer. Please do mark any food allergies you have on the registration form.

A day on the retreat includes a 1-hour work period, during which the yogis have different tasks cleaning the house, chopping vegetables for meals, etc. During the day it is possible to do your own yoga or stretching, or go for a walk. Please bring your own yoga mat, if you need one.

The retreat is a drug-free space, and smoking is possible only in a special area assigned for it.

The retreat is held in noble silence, which is an important support for the practice. This means we do not talk with each other, read, write, or use mobile phones. On the retreat you only talk with the teachers. In cases of emergency during the retreat, the people close to you are advised to contact Ville Pursiainen (+358 40 592 5030).

Please bring your own bed-linen or a sleeping bag, unless you travel from abroad and bringing these is difficult for you. Also bring your own towel, and possible medications you may need. The managers will not be able to bring you items you miss during the retreat.

In sitting meditation, it will be possible to use either a chair, or on a cushion on the floor. There is one set of cushions (zafu and zabuton) for each, and quite a few meditation benches. If you need extra cushions, e.g. to support your knees or hands during meditation, please bring these with you. If you get easily cold during meditation, it may be good to bring your own blanket.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at

We wish a fruitful retreat to everyone!
Tuulikki Hukka (+358 50 432 9241)
Ilkka Urvas (+358 50 454 3000)