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Pian dei Ciliegi Association

LogoPDCPian Dei CiliegiMeditation Centre started in 1996, to host retreats and workshops inspired by Buddhist principles. In time its activities became more oriented towards the practice of Insight Meditation, within the Theravada Tradition. It now organizes silent retreats of Satipatthana Vipassana and Metta, and hosts a variety of retreats within the framework of the Mindfulness Approach.

The retreat house is situated in Bulla di Monte Santo, near the small town of Ponte dell’Olio, about 30 miles south of from Piacenza, in the north of Italy. It’s surrounded by oak woods in a peaceful and silent environment at 600m a.s.l., in the Appenine foothills, just below a higher hill called Monte Santo. From the Centre you can reach the peaks of the Appenines at 1800m. a.s.l., through a number of nature trails.

How to subscribe become a member

Signing up for a retreat

As some of you know, we are changing our procedures for membership to the association and for retreat bookings, to make things easier and more functional. This operation is more complicated than we expected for those of you who are already members because, even if you have been accepted by the Board, you will have to apply again through the new system.You will not be new members but, in order to sign up on-line with the new procedures, you have to  “renew” your membership, so the system will recognize you as members of Pian dei Ciliegi and let you book a retreat on-lineTo apply for membership, whether you’re already a member or you’re applying for the first time, it’s necessary to:


  1. Register at our website, if you haven’t done so already 
  2. Log into our website with your username and password
  3. In the Home page, (on your right) you will find a User Menu, with the option Apply for Membership
  4. At this point please follow the procedure as required, it will take only a few minutes. The membership fee (15 euros)  can be paid on arrival at the Centre (cash or check) or by Bank transfer.

As for our 2017 retreat bookings, we will start accepting applications from January 9th 2017 and, except for a few special cases (agreed upon), they will have to be done on-line through our website, following the procedure that we will communicate shortly.

In any case, to join a retreat in Pian dei Ciliegi, it is necessary to register at our website and apply for membership, and these preliminary operations can be done as of now.

Cancellation and refund

If a member cancels his/her participation to a retreat by Feb. 9th, the association will refund 95% of the amount that has been paid. If one cancels at least 30 days prior to the beginning of a retreat he/she will be granted a refund of 80% of the amount paid. If one cancels in the period that goes from 30 days to 48 hours prior to the retreat he/she will be granted a refund of 50% of the amount paid. If you cancel within the 48 hours before the beginning of a retreat, there willl be no refund. If the retreat fee is not more than 100 euros there will be no refund. However one can still apply for a refund in the case of serious reasons for cancelling, but this is left to the complete discretion of the manager and/or secretary. If the minimum number of 12 participants is not reached, the retreat will be cancelled, and the entire amount paid refunded.