Götzis (Austria), August 29 – September 3, 2020 / CANCELED

+++ Current information on the retreat / Covid-19 +++

We regret to inform you that this retreat has to be cancelled due to Corona virus prevention. 


"By allowing your life into your meditation sittings, your meditation practice can change your life.”

This is something Jason Siff has said on many occasions, but what does he mean by it? “Meditation is not an escape from the tensions and conflicts of our lives, but a way to be with them, to learn from them, and to change how we react.”

In the practice of Recollective Awareness Meditation, which Jason Siff created nearly three decades ago, people meditate with greater kindness and gentleness, developing tolerance and acceptance of difficult emotions and thoughts, eventually becoming interested in exploring their inner experience to discover the causes and conditions of their distress. A key feature of this meditation practice is the recollection of what occurs during meditation by writing down your experiences in meditation and perhaps sharing them with the teacher.

This retreat is suitable for newcomers to meditation as well as people with a lot of experience. The meditation sittings will range from 20 minutes to 45 minutes and you can always lie down or change your posture. Jason will give talks on meditation practice and theory, referencing his books, and will arrange individual interviews for students who would like to speak with him privately.

The retreat language is English with German translation.

Important information about the retreat form and the venue:
This retreat takes place as a non residential retreat. This means that the participants will not spend the night together in the seminar house. Please arrange accommodation by your own if necessary.



Saturday, August 29, 2020
Beginning with dinner

Thursday, September 3, 2020    
End with lunch

The exact times will be announced at a later date.


Jason Siff was a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in the late 1980s and returned to the US to study psychology in 1990. He founded the Skillful Meditation Project in 1996 and still teaches for that organization. He has led meditation retreats and workshops in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and parts of Europe.



Retreat fee and Dana

The retreat fee is divided in two parts:

1. Organization Expenses
260 Euro
This amount is to be paid upon registration to Arbor Seminare.

2. Dana 
On the other side, due to the fact that it is a traditional Vipassana-Retreat, it runs on a Dana basis – that means, at the end of the reatreat you give the teacher whatever you can or as much as you believe adequate.

According to this Buddhist tradition the teachings cannot be measured by material values and are therefore given entirely free of cost, the teachers demanding no fee whatsoever. To cover the cost of their livelihood and to ensure the continuation of their teaching activities, the teachers entirely depend on voluntary donations by the course participants at the end of retreats.

If you have questions concerning the retreat fee, please contact us.

Book Recommendation

Jason Siff: Unlearning Meditation. What to do when the instructions get in the way published by Shambhala Publications

Jason Siff: Thoughts Are Not the Enemy. An Innovative Approach to Meditation Practice published by Shambhala Publications

  • For cancellations up to one month prior to the beginning of the course, an administration fee of 50 Euro will be charged.
  • Between 30 and 10 days prior to the beginning of the course, 50% of the course fee will be charged.
  • Should the booking be cancelled less than 10 days prior to the beginning of the course, the entire course fee will be charged.
  • If there is a waiting list and the place can be assigned again, only an administration fee of 50 Euro will be charged.

In case of non-appearance or early departure from the event, the full course fee must be paid.

We recommend to take out cancellation insurance!

Notice of Liability

Participation in this retreat is at your own risk.
The teacher and the organizer don’t assume liability of personal or material damage.