Organizational Matters

The Location

The farm was taken over in 2015 and bought by the association in spring 2016 with the help of donations. The heart of the place is Dhamma, the building and the garden are not the main actors and only serve as a vehicle for the purpose. The area on the first floor of the monastery is ordained area, the guests stay on the ground floor.

Daily schedule for retreat participants (weekend retreat)

After breakfast there will be a short day meeting. Tasks for the day (mindful work in the house and garden) and tips for the practice are discussed.

Friday
18.00start of the retreat
meditation & dhamma talk
22.00bed time
Saturday
06.00your own practice in the monastery
07.00breakfast
08.00joined meditation in the meditation hall or outside
10.45food offerings to the ordained
11.30lunch for the guests
from 14.00your own practice
18.00joined chanting and meditation
22.00bed time
Sunday
06.00your own practice in the monastery
07.00breakfast
08.00joined meditation in the meditation hall or outside
10.45food offerings to the ordained
11.30lunch for the guests
13.00joined meditation & closing

Longer practice is always possible.
The gong is struck for each activity.
The daily schedule can change spontaneously.

Accommodation

You can inquire about accommodation and these will be explained to you when you register.

Arriving and departure

Arrival is for a weekend retreat on Fridays from 16 o’clock. The retreat starts at 18 o’clock.

There may be the possibility for a personal initial talk with the spiritual accompanist (as well as shortly before the end of the retreat and during longer retreats). However, there is no guarantee of accompaniment. Further information on arrival and departure can be found under “contact/directions“, as there is a lot to consider when traveling by public transport.

Dress Code

We kindly ask you to dress in basic, skin-covering clothing during the retreat. White clothes (wide and long-sleeved) will be provided in the monastery. This serves the purpose of supporting the practice, for example by creating more distance to everyday life, by not thinking about “What should I wear? And how do I look?”. Through the simplicity and width of the clothes, the mind will be less distracted.

Further organizational matters

General information to be observed before registration

  • It is possible to participate together as friends or partners, but with an individual focus and no communication during the retreat.
  • Please do not communicate with the outside world during retreats and do not use any electronic devices (except as an alarm clock to get up in the morning). Personal matters should be dealt with in advance.
  • The monastery is a non-smoking facility, the stay is a completely smoke-free, caffeine-free time.
  • Note about allergies: A tomcat live with us. As Siamese, however, the male is very allergy-friendly.
  • Simple, organic, at least vegetarian food will be cooked in the monastery for the group.

Guests please note:

  • On the day of arrival of a retreat we are only available by telephone and not by e-mail for short-term arrangements.
  • In particular, please bring with you: Bed linen, towel, sturdy shoes for work (indoors / outdoors) or forest walks, and comfortable clothing.
  • If there are any food intolerances or other restrictions, please let us know beforhand.      

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