Dates of the upcoming retreats
- March 14th – 28th, 2020
- November 14th – 28th, 2020
Tradition and teachers
Our Vipassana meditation courses are taught in the tradition of Theravada Buddhism, according to the teachings of the Most Venerable Phra Prom Mongkol Vi (Ven. Phra Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo) who is a highly revered Vipassana meditation teacher.
The course in March 2020 will be led by the Venerable Phrakhrubhavanabidhan (Phra Ajarn Ofer Thiracitto), an English-speaking monk from Israel. He will guide this retreat together with Carmen Karsters (Dutch).
The course in November 2020 will be led by the Carmen Karsters. It will be held in English and Dutch.
Duration of the course
Duration of the course differs for beginners and experienced meditators.
The basic course for beginners takes 14 days, including one day for arrival/departure. At the beginning of the course, you will get an introduction into the technique and how to conduct your meditation practice. After that, you will have daily, private reporting sessions with the teacher during which the exercises are further explained and the progress of the course is discussed.
For experienced meditators the retreat takes 10 days. Private reporting sessions with the teacher will be held on a daily basis throughout the retreat.
The price of the course will be:
- €525 for a shared double room
- €775 for a single room (given availability)
This price includes accommodation and two vegetarian meals per day (not vegan).
The price for the course is determined exclusively by our cost for renting the farmhouse and providing food to all course participants. In accordance with Buddhist tradition, the teaching is provided on donations (“Dana”) only. We do encourage you to make a donation to our teachers and cook at the end of the course, though, to cover their travel expenses and contribute to their living costs.
As mentioned before, we are a non-profit organisation and our staff works on a voluntary basis. Contributions are welcome, as our staff dedicates a lot of energy and time to make this course happen for you.
Our courses are silent retreats. This means that, besides the daily reports with the teacher, you only speak when really necessary.
Exclusion of liability
Santi Dhamma, as well as any meditation teacher and the voluntary staff, cannot accept any liability for physical and psychological damages, which may arise during the participation in one of the courses.
The offered courses are not therapeutic and therefore do not replace professional treatment for people with mental disorders or physical illnesses. In cases of severe physical or mental illnesses, the doctor´s or therapist´s consent is required.
No liability is assumed for the loss or damage of any personal items or valuables during the participation in one of the courses.
Santi Dhamma and the teachers reserve the right to deny participation in a course or to send the participant home early if he/she does not follow the rules and instructions or endangers himself/herself or others.
If you have any further questions or would like to register, please e-mail Carmen at email@example.com
“One may conquer in a battle a million men.
Yet he is the best of conquerors who conquers himself.”
-The Dhammapada -the sayings of the Buddha, verse 103-