Austria, June 12 – 17, 2022

This retreat replaces the retreat with Jon and Will Kabat-Zinn originally scheduled for June 2021, which had to be postponed until 2022 due to the Corona pandemic. 

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 6 am, and evening sessions going to 9:30 pm or 10 pm. 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 recommended to read the new edition of „Coming to Our Senses“ (in German „Zur Besinnung kommen“ ), before you take part in the retreat. 

In the 4-volume new edition (Hachette Books) every volume focuses on another aspect of mindfulness and is published with a new preface by  Jon Kabat-Zinn:

 

Currently available German editions:
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Zur Besinnung kommen (one volume, ISBN 978-3-86781-246-7, Arbor Verlag, Freiburg)

New edition (also Arbor Verlag):

Teachers

 

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, ist Professor Emeritus für Medizin an der University of Massachusetts Medical School und Begründer des Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.

 

Will Kabat-Zinn ist Achtsamkeits- und Meditationslehrer; er liebt es, Menschen darin zu unterstützen, zu ihrem ureigenen Wesen zu erwachen.

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 standard: 150 Euro 
Single room Suite: 210 Euro
Double room standard: 122,50 Euro
Double room Suite: 162,50 Euro
Room of 4: 112,50 Euro 
With your camper on the premises: 85 Euro 

Retreatants, who do not stay at the seminar house for the nights, pay a lump sum of 40 Euro per full day. This lump sum includes lunch and dinner along with the room use. Breakfast can be added at the price of 15 Euro/day.

Please pay the lump sum directly at the seminar house. 

Course fee

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

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 12, 2022
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm    Dinner 
7.30 pm – 9.30 pm    Opening Session


Monday June 13 – Thursday June 16, 2022
6.00 am – 8.00 am    Early Morning Practice
8.00 am – 9.00 am    Breakfast
9.30 am – 1.00 pm    Morning Practice and Dialogue    
1.00 pm                      Lunch
2.30 pm – 5.30 pm    Afternoon Practice and Dialogue
6.00 pm                      Dinner
7.30 pm – 9.30 pm    Evening Practice and Dialogue


Friday June 17, 2022

6.00 am – 8.00 am   Early Morning Practice
8.00 am                     Breakfast
9.30 am – 11.00 am Closing Session
11.30/11.45 am         Lunch
 

Cancellation Conditions

  • For cancellations up to 60 days prior to the beginning of the retreat, an administration fee of 100 EUR will be charged.
  • Between 60 and 21 days prior to the beginning of the retreat, 50% of the course fee will be charged.
  • Should the booking be cancelled less than 21 days prior to the beginning of the retreat, 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 100 EUR 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. Please ask an insurance provider for more information.

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.