Suffering, when met with compassion, can become wisdom, which leads to joy.
The focus of this retreat will be opening our hearts. There is so much pain in our world, and we all experience suffering in our personal lives. We will learn and practice the art of developing our compassion and joy in order to embrace and transform pain in ourselves and in the world. We will experience how mindfulness is not different than love, and how we can be engaged with the world while remaining peaceful in our hearts.
In every moment of life, there are infinite reasons to suffer and infinite reasons to be happy. Our experience largely depends on where we're focusing our attention.
If we put off our happiness until all our reasons to suffer are gone, we'll never have a chance to be happy. If we don't feed ourselves with moments of happiness, we'll have no energy to make the world better.
This retreat will be suitable for newcomers as well as highly experienced meditators.
It will include sitting meditations between 20-45 minutes (in a comfortable posture), walking meditation, lectures, eating meditation, and other guided practices.
There will be opportunities each day for small group discussion and personalized meditation coaching, but otherwise will be in silence.
Language: The retreat will be taught in English with consecutive translation into German.