Summer Retreat in Sweden

  • August 13th, 2021 - August 20th, 2021
    4:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Heart Sutra summer retreat with Stephan Pende

A spacious and healing meditation retreat north of Stockholm in beautiful nature close to a big river.
The radical message of the Heart Sutra, one of Buddhism’s most famous texts, is a sweeping attack on everything we hold most dear: our troubles, the world as we know it, even the teachings of the Buddha himself. Overcoming fear, the Buddha teaches, is not to be accomplished by shutting down or building walls around oneself, but instead by understanding the illusory nature of everything we fear – including ourselves.
We will approach the Heart Sutra as an invitation to practice and to bring our insights into daily life and our relationships.
PLEASE NOTE: This retreat takes place in Dharmaghiri retreat center, Sala (see directions below)
REGISTER HERE:
https://yeshinnorbu.se/events/heart-sutra-summer-retreat-with-stephan-pende/
THE TEACHER: STEPHAN PENDE WORMLAND
Born 1965 in Germany, MA in clinical psychology and trained in Gestalt therapy. He is very experienced teacher: he has studied and practiced meditation in multiple Buddhist traditions for over 30 years and has spent all together five (5) years in meditation retreats. He was a monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years, and teaches meditation in Buddhist centers in Europe.
YIN YOGA
Like the previous three years, we will be offering Yin Yoga as an integral part of the retreat. This year Yin yoga classes will be offered by Gunilla T Jonsson.
RETREAT SCHEDULE
Friday (arrival day)
16:00 – Arriving and settling in
19:00 – 20.00 Dinner
20:00 – 21.00 Introduction and short practice
Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday
07:00 – 07.30 Meditation
07.30 – 08.00 Break (preparing breakfast)
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 – 11.00 Meditation and walking meditation
11.00 – 11.30 Break
11.30 – 13.00 Yin yoga – Group 1
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch and lunch break
15.00 – 17.00 Meditation and walking meditation
17.00 – 17.30 Break
17:30 – 19:00 Yin yoga – Group 2
19.00 – 20:00 Dinner
20.00 – 21.00 Prajna paramita Practice
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Precepts)
06:30 – 07.00 Precepts
07:00 – 08:00 Break
08.00 – 10.00 Meditation and walking meditation
10.00 – 10.30 Break (preparing lunch)
10.30 – 11.30 Yin yoga – Group 2
11.30 – 15.00 Lunch and lunch break
15.00 – 17.00 Meditation and walking meditation
17.00 – 17:30 Break
17:30 – 18:30 Mindful Movements – Group 1
18:30 – 20.00 Break
20:00 – 21.00 Prajna paramita practice
Friday (departure day)
07:00 – 07.30 Meditation
07.30 – 08.00 Break (preparing breakfast)
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 – 11.00 Meditation and walking meditation
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and lunch break
MAHAYANA PRECEPTS
For three days during the retreat we will be taking the Mahayana Precepts (see this document) to increase the depth of the practice. This means that we will be eating only one meal per day (lunch at around 11:30). If you are unable to follow such a diet for medical reasons, you will need to provide for the an extra meal (dinner, breakfast will be available to prepare) yourself those three days.
SILENCE
Most of the retreat will be in silence. We also encourage everyone to keep their mobile phones turned off during the entire retreat. We are so used to escaping into distractions, so during the retreat it is very beneficial to keep those to minimum!
CANCELLING YOUR PARTICIPATION
If you cancel your booking 3 weeks prior to the start date, we keep 200 SEK as an administrative fee. If you cancel later than 3 weeks prior to the start date, we keep the entire donation unless we can find a replacement.
To bring: Sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases, towels, toiletries, books, pens etc. Meditation cushions and stools available at Dharmagiri, bring your own if you have particular wishes about what you want to sit on.
Allergies/diet/health: Is there anything we need to know about your health? Do you need special diets or are allergic to something? Are you vegan? Do you snore? (So ​​we can take that into account when we make room placement…)
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