Castle Wasmuthhausen near Coburg, February 25 – March 1, 2020

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.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020 
Beginning at 6 pm with dinner

Sunday, March 1, 2020
End around 1 pm with lunch
The exact course times will be announced at a later date.


Tim Desmond is a Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Antioch University, teaching professional psychology rooted in self-compassion. He runs a startup with the mission to make mental health care radically more accessible. After a troubled youth, Desmond was exposed to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and eventually studied at Plum Village. Desmond has published several books including How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life (HarperOne, forthcoming), and he was a co-organizer of Occupy Wall Street.




Retreat Fee

640 Euro early bird rate until October 27, 2019

690 Euro after October 27, 2019

The Retreat fee includes the fee for the teacher, his travel costs, accommodation and meals – as well as organisation costs. There will be no additional Dana.

For participants with low income we will provide a limited amount of places at reduced price. Should you require one of these places, please write us an email.

Book Recommendation

Tim Desmond: The Self-Compassion Skills Workbook: A 14-Day Plan to Transform Your Relationship with Yourself; published by Norton Professional Books

Cancellation Conditions
  • 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.