Austria, June 20 – 25, 2021 (alternative date for cancelled retreat June 2020)

In 2020 the retreat that was planned with Jon and Will Kabat-Zinn (June 14-19) had to be cancelled due to Corona virus prevention. 

We are very glad that it was possible to find an alternative date with the two teachers: June 20 – 25, 2021. The venue is not St. Virgils this time, instead it is another location in Austria.

Place assignments:
As this is an alternative date and the 2020 retreat was fully booked, first of all those participants who were drawn in the past lottery, will have guaranteed places. In case of cancellations or if we have additional free places, there will be a new lottery from the existing waitlist. Further interested persons will be listed on a second waitlist and again drawn in a lottery.

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Mindfulness is often spoken of as “the heart of Buddhist meditation.” However, its essence is universal. As the Thervadan monk and Buddhist scholar, Nyanaponika Thera, put it in his classical work, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, mindfulness is

  • the unfailing master key for knowing the mind, and is thus the starting point;
  • the perfect tool for shaping [our relationship to] the mind, and is thus the focal point;
  • the lofty manifestation of the achieved freedom of the mind, and is thus the culminating point.

Mindfulness has everything to do with open-hearted attention to the unfolding of experience as it is. In most Asian languages, the word for “mind” and the word for “heart” are the same word.  Therefore, we can understand mindfulness better if we simultaneously hear it as heartfulness and cultivate it in that way. During this retreat, we will be cultivating intimacy with our own experience as the days unfold, letting life itself become the curriculum. We will be engaging in a range of formal and informal meditation practices, including the body scan, various forms of guided movement, sitting meditation and walking meditation. 

There will be an emphasis on the cultivation of mindfulness in all daily activities to foster a seamless continuity of life and practice. The applications of mindfulness in the face of the full catastrophe of the human condition, including stress, pain, illness, our own tacit assumptions, implicit biases, and the challenges of social inequity and human-driven climate disregulation will be emergent themes.

Our five days together will take the form of an intensive retreat, with the first meditation of the morning at 6AM, and evening sessions going to 9:30PM or 10PM. It will include extended stretches of silent meditation practice as well as periods of conversation and dialogue about our unfolding experiences. Use of digital devices will be extremely curtailed during these five days.

Both professionals and laypeople are welcome, as are newcomers and longtime practitioners of mindfulness.

Course language

The Retreat will be taught in English – without translation.

Recommended reading

It is suggested that you read the four new volumes of Coming to Our Senses * before attending the retreat.

* Coming to Our Senses is being repackaged into 4 smaller books, each focusing on a different aspect of mindfulness, and each with a new foreword written by Jon Kabat-Zinn:

Teachers

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he is Professor of Medicine emeritus. He is the author of numerous books on MBSR and mindfulness, currently in print in over forty languages.  He teaches mindfulness around the world. 

www.jonkabat-zinn.com.

 

Will Kabat-Zinn is a mindfulness and meditation teacher whose passion is to help people wake up to their own deepest nature. He spent close to a decade in and out of silent retreat, primarily in the Insight Meditation tradition and was deeply influenced by the late Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma and Chan Master Sheng-Yen of Taiwan.  Will is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council and Board of Directors and leads a small practice group in the San Francisco Bay area. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and two children.

 

Venue

The retreat will take place in Austria, region Vorarlberg.
We will provide more information with the confirmation of registration. 

Room reservation is only possible, after you have received the confirmation of registration. 

Prices per person and night with full board are as follows: 

Single room: 150 EUR 
Double room: 125 EUR 
Room of 4: 110 EUR 
Dormitory (15 persons, men/women accommodated separately): 95 EUR 
With your camper on the premises: 85 EUR 

Retreatants, who do not stay at the seminar house for the nights, pay a lump sum of 40 EUR per full day. This lump sum includes lunch and dinner along with the room use. The daily lump sum including breakfast also is 45 EUR per day.

Please pay the lump sum directly at the seminar house. 

Retreat fee

790 Euro (without accommodation and meals, including a daily coffee break)

Please transfer the retreat fee only after receipt of the invoice.

For participants with lesser means we can offer a limited number of places at a reduced price. If you have been drawn in the lottery and would like to take advantage of one of these places, please send us an email.

Schedule (subject to change)

Sunday, June 20, 2021
18.00 – 19.00    dinner
19.30 – 21.30    opening session

Monday, June 21, 2021
06.00 – 07.30    early morning practice
09.00 – 12.15    morning practice and dialogue                    
14.00 – 17.15    afternoon practice and dialogue
19.30 – 21.30    evening practice and dialogue

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
06.00 – 07.30    early morning practice         
09.00 – 12.15    morning practice and dialogue        
14.00 – 17.15    afternoon practice and dialogue
19.30 – 21.30    evening practice and dialogue

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
06.00 – 07.30    early morning practice         
09.00 – 12.15    morning practice and dialogue        
14.00 – 17.15    afternoon practice and dialogue
19.30 – 21.30    evening practice and dialogue

Thursday, June 24, 2021
06.00 – 07.30    early morning practice         
09.00 – 12.15    morning practice and dialogue        
14.00 – 17.15    afternoon practice and dialogue
19.30 – 21.30    evening practice and dialogue 

Friday, June 25, 2021
06.00 – 07.30    early morning practice         
09.00 – 11:00    morning session and closing
11.30                 early lunch

Cancellation Conditions
  • For cancellations up to two month prior to the beginning of the course, an administration fee of 50 Euro will be charged.
  • Between 60 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 leader of the retreat and the organizer don’t assume liability of personal or material damage.