Teacher Training in the Dominican Republic

  • May 31st, 2020 - June 7th, 2020
    3:00 pm - 11:00 am
We would like to extend the opportunity to go on a one-week meditation retreat with Stephan Pende Wormland in the beautiful Dominican Republic on the 31st. May-7th June 2020. We are two students enrolled in a two-year mindfulness meditation teacher training program and we would like to explore together with other aspiring teachers and with the guidance of Stephan, what it means to take this role. If this sounds like something of interest to you, please read more below and feel free to contact me for more information.
The teacher – a seat amongst many
The seat of the mindfulness teacher might be more comfortable on some days than others. What shows up? Pride, fear of failure, feelings of unworthiness, judgment and righteousness perhaps. Let us welcome them all on retreat as we inquire together, what does it mean to take this seat?
We don’t sit on a throne but we don’t sit in circles either. There is power there. And privilege. And so if it is our intention to support the waking up of many, can we direct our awareness to the ways that we create separation between ourselves and others? Can we meet each other, somewhere between universalism and the cultural and political complexity of our lived experience and inquire, how do you suffer?, how do you experience belonging? and how might we produce less suffering for ourselves, others and the planet?
Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching that the “The next Buddha will be a sangha” presents the opportunity to take mindfulness beyond ourselves and into a relationship with each other. It is here where we will learn to truly understand the Buddha’s qualities of wisdom and compassion. Let us take this opportunity of meeting with fellow aspiring teachers in community to explore ways to understand each other more fully and honestly, nurture friendship and build community to meet the challenges we face.
Our intention with this retreat is to create an environment where we can listen deeply, opening to ourselves and each other, and to reflect on our interdependence. We will be coming together in a community of aspiring teachers and invited friends and family with the guidance of Gestalt therapist and former Tibetan monk Stephan Pende Wormland. Stephan’s experiences leaving the monastery to become a teacher as well as his own mentoring of new teachers will support our inquiries with each other.
It will be an intimate retreat with 20 participants. The schedule will include mindful movement, sitting and walking practice,. Most of the retreat will be held in noble silence but we will also have the opportunity to engage in some contemplative dialogue exercises. There will be three meals a day provided. There will be no scheduled interviews but Stephan is available for a crisis.
The retreat is being run at cost with the idea that the dana which participants offer at the end will cover Stephan’s time with us.
Samana View Ocean Lodge is located on a hilltop near Las Galeras overlooking the idyllic Samanà peninsula. It is located one hour from El Catey Airport (AZS) in Samanà and 3 hours from Las Américas Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo.
There are two types of rooms available at Samana View Ocean Lodge. Single (queen beds) and shared (two single beds) rooms in individual cottages. See more photos or read reviews on Tripadvisor.
Retreat cost:
All prices include 7 nights accommodation and all meals (vegetarian/vegan) per person:
Single room: 750 USD
Double room (sharing with another participant): 480 USD
The price does not include a donation for Stephan’s teaching nor local transport from/to the airport.
Check-in at Samana Ocean View Resort is on 31st May between 3pm – 6pm. We will begin our retreat with dinner and an evening session.
Check-out is on 7th June at 11am.
Most of you will arrive at the biggest airport Santa Domingo and from there you can if you wish to travel together. We will set up a communications channel for you to contact each other. You have two options available: the easiest is to get together and share a taxi all the way from Santa Domingo airport which will take 3 hours and cost between 250-300 USD. The more adventurous option is to take a 10-minute taxi to Santa Domingo central bus station and then take a Caribe Tours bus to Samana (4 hours) and then a taxi (30 min) to the hotel. For bus, timetables check: http://www.caribetours.com.do/index.php/viajes/get_travel
When you have decided on your route and found your travel companions, Kamille can help out with contacts to trusted taxi companies and any other info you might need.
Reserving your spot
Please write to us as soon as possible and let us know if you would like to book a single/double room and we will give you instructions to pay the fees.
After the retreat
Additionally, we are facilitating the opportunity to get together after the retreat in a relaxed way to further explore our experiences from the week, our future roles as teachers and practice and reflect together. We were thinking about 2-3 days. It is not included in the retreat but is an extended opportunity for those who want to embrace that. Please let us know if you are interested and we can discuss what shape this will take.
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