Meditation & Mindfulness Retreat
A time to learn the basics of mindfulness or to deepen oneâ€™s practice, to walk in nature and to cultivate a relationship with ourselves and others in a creative and kind way. There will be a daily schedule with periods of sitting and walking meditation as well as yoga. Weather permitting we might do walking meditation as a group outside and in silence. This retreat will be mostly in silence with some opportunities to share and discuss among participants during some times of the day.
Meditation instructions will be offered together with talks and group / individual discussions. Each day there will be a meditation theme. We will start by developing mindfulness of the breath and then include mindfulness of body, sounds, feelings and mental states. The practice of loving kindness and appreciative joy will also be introduced.
Our intention is to cultivate concentration and enquiry so that we can develop quietness and clarity. During our time together, we will focus on the integration of mindfulness in all aspects of our life. In this way we can experience directly the effect of paying attention in a caring and careful way, and develop the intention to apply what we have learnt in our daily life.
Mountain Retreat Center in Germany, Chiemgau
The Mountain Retreat Center offers 18 bedrooms.
The rooms are simple and cosy, some bedrooms have their own bathrooms, some have a sink within the room and bathroom and toilets are shared on the floor.
All rooms have a view on the beautiful landscape.
On the ground floor there is the heart of the center - the meditation hall. Japanese Zendo style with a lot of windows facing the breathtaking mountains, and an access to a sun terrace.
A warm and cosy room is also provided for the practice of yoga.
In the garden around the center there are some spots for relaxing. The area is very popular for hiking, winter sports, recreation and fresh air.
At the Mountain Retreat Center, the aim is to create a place, where you can retire and recharge. A place for meeting like-minded people.
In times of abundance, social media overflow, consumerism, speed and growth we offer a place of silence and simplicity. The ideal environment for reconnecting with your inner source and strength.
This place is ideal for you, when...
- you seek rest from busy life
- you value the simplicity of being
- you want to dedicate yourself to reflection and contemplation
- you want to enjoy the powerful energy of the Alps
The Mountain Retreat Center in the small village Sachrang, right at the border to Tyrol/Austria, is only a 15 minutes drive away from the highway A8 connecting Munich to Salzburg. Tranquil and modest it is situated hillside, overlooking the little village with only a few restaurants, one shop, church and some housing. The view to the surrounding mountains is breathtaking. Silence.
If you want to exercise in fresh air you can hike right from the house. Winter and summer. The most popular peaks nearby are Spitzstein, Geigerstein, Kampenwand. The next little towns are Aschau im Chiemgau (13km) or Kufstein in Tyrol (15km) away. The famous lake Chiemsee is about 23 kilometers from Sachrang. Visits to Salzburg or Tyrol are also worthwhile.
The Mountain Retreat Center serves only vegetarian, mainly organic food. We can cater for vegan, lactose or gluten-free in a limited way and only with prior notice. We then offer a selection of steamed vegetables, pulses and carbohydrates.
Martine Batchelor lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France. Her latest work is the The Spirit of the Buddha.
Sophie Boyer comes from France. She worked for several years as a nurse in hospice services in France and Switzerland. For a couple of years she lived as a practising buddhist nun in Myanmar (Burma), and also attended long term silent retreats at the Insight Meditation Society, USA. She has practiced meditation for many years.
Katrin is a long time practitioner of yoga and meditation, having trained mostly in the Theravada and Zen traditions. She also studied with T.K.V. Desikachar while in India. She has always been inspired by the integration of these two practices and is particularly interested in exploring an â€śembodied practiceâ€ť as a skillful means whereby we respond to the world around us. In 2012 she participated in the CDPP program at Gaia House and is at present completing the Secular Dharma Program with the Bodhi College. Trained as a physiotherapist Katrin is currently taking time out of South Africa where she lives. More recently she has been working in England and Europe.
â‚¬ 340,- per person in double room with Bathroom
Single supplement â‚¬ 60,-
Supplement privat bath room â‚¬ 60,- per person
The fee for the teachings is based on dana (free donation)
How to get there
The Mountain Retreat Center is located in Germany, close to the boarder to Austria.
Arriving by car:
The distances are:
- one hour from Munich
- 50 minutes from Salzburg
- 15 minutes from Kufstein
- 12 minutes from Aschau
- 1 minute from Sachrang
Arriving by public transport:
You can take the bus or train to Aschau. From there you can take a taxi or go by bus to Sachrang.
Arriving by plane:
The airports Munich (1,5 hrs) and Salzburg (1 hr) are the closest. We can arrange a shuttle service for a fee from/to the airport.
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