Teacher Training in the Dominican Republic

  • May 31st, 2020 - June 7th, 2020
    3:00 pm - 11:00 am

Welcome to an intimate silent meditation retreat on this beautiful Caribbean island.

This is an opportunity to step out of the roles and routines of daily life and settle into the peace of the surrounding nature and the gentle container of silence created by fellow practitioners.

Although it might seem like “me-time”, a retreat is not an individualistic act. We live in a community for a week, creating a supportive field and holding space for the full range of human experience. We connect with nature and each other, taking our experiences and insights home and into the ways, we relate to the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching that the “The next Buddha will be a sangha” points to the role of the spiritual community in helping us understand, practice and cultivate the Buddha’s qualities of wisdom and compassion.

Right now, we are faced with so many collective challenges on the environmental, social and political levels and we are more divided than ever. Turning toward each other is critical, to see the ways in which we close our hearts and create separation so that we can make space for belonging and love, and support wise action.

In this retreat we will follow a daily rhythm of rising early with the birds, alternating sitting and walking meditation, as well as a little yoga and mindful movement, surrounded by tropical forest, overlooking the Samana Peninsula. We will receive guidance and meditation instruction from an experienced teacher, Stephan Pende Wormland. The retreat will be held in noble silence, with some optional contemplative dialogue exercises.

Participants are expected to follow the daily schedule, observe noble silence and the 5 precepts (so no drinks at the bar 🙂

About the teacher:

Stephan Pende Wormland, MA in clinical psychology, is trained in Gestalt therapy. He has studied and practiced meditation in multiple Buddhist traditions for over 30 years and spent 5 years in meditation retreats. Stephan was a monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years and teaches meditation in Buddhist centers in Europe. More about Stephan here: https://www.stephanpende.com.

Our group of 20 will have the exclusive use of Samana Ocean View Eco-Lodge for the week. The 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.

See more photos or read reviews on Tripadvisor.

The lodge has two kinds of rooms:

  • Single room (queen bed): 750 USD
  • Double room (2 single beds): 480 USD

The price includes 7 nights of accommodation and all meals (vegetarian/vegan) per person.

The retreat is organized at cost as a community offering. The price does not include a donation for Stephan’s teaching nor local transport from/to the airport.

Contact for more information and registration: drsilentretreat@gmail.com
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