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Retreat schedule 2018

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PIAN DEI CILIEGI MEDITATION CENTER

loc. Bulla di Monte Santo    29028 Ponte dell'olio, Piacenza (Italy)

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2018 RETREAT SCHEDULE (only retreats in English, with Italian translation)

Please keep in mind that bookings will open on January 10th 2018 at 7.30 a.m. and have to be made on-line, through our website.

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March 29th – April 8th

April 8th – 15th

Hannes Huber (Heidi Bachmann assistant)

Satipatthana Vipassana meditation retreat in the Mahasi tradition

This retreat is suitable for both experienced and beginning meditators, and will have sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

15 places will be set aside for participants doing the whole period, from March 29th to April 15th

         Hannes Huber, is an experienced teacher who has practiced Vipassana Meditation since 1985. His teachers include Godwin Samararatne from Sri Lanka, and Sayadaw U Pandita from Burma, who authorized him to give teachings. He has a training in Psychosynthesis with Sascha Dönges, Switzerland. He teaches Vipassana Meditation in Austria and other European countries, and is an MBSR trainer.

         Heidi Bachmann worked as a teacher in various fields, such as healing education, music and as a lecturer in philosophy. After several studies in Bodywork, Dance and Music, she studied Philosophy and Comparative Religion at the University of Lucerne. She was a founding member of the Movement of the Philosophical Practice of Switzerland and worked for several years as a philosopher in the philosophical practice of Lucerne, which she led together with a colleague. She has many years of experience in meditation in various schools and with different teachers. For sixteen years, her focus has been on Vipassana and Metta meditation in the Mahasi Tradition.

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April 15th – 22nd(PART I)

April 22nd –May 1st (PART II)

Beate Gloeckner – Heidi Bachmann assistant

Satipatthana Vipassana meditation retreat in the Mahasi tradition

This retreat is suitable for both experienced and beginning meditators, and will have sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

15 places will be set aside for participants doing the whole period, from April 15th to May 1st

         Beate Gloeckner is a German teacher who started her meditation practice in 1986 and has a long experience of retreats in the Mahasi tradition under the guidance of Ven. U-Pandita and Ven. U-Vivekananda, who authorized her to give teachings. Thanks to her training as a psychotherapist, she belongs to that new generation of teachers that can pass on ancient teachings in such a way that western yogis will still find them meaningful for their lives.

 

 

 

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June 1st – 10th

Ven. Viraani

Love without Barriers: An Introduction to Loving-kindness Meditation

The beautiful spirit of mettā (loving-kindness) is without limit and without barriers. In this retreat, Ven. Virañani will offer a simple and direct method to develop and strengthen the heart’s natural capacity to connect with others with kindness. We will explore the spirit of mettā together, in formal practice and in the many ways that the mettā meditation can be applied in everyday life. The retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators, it is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

         Ven. Vīrañāṇi  began to practice meditation in 1979. In 2003, after several years spent working at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, USA, and training in in the Thai Forest tradition, she began a four-year period devoted to intensive practice in the Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. She took permanent ordination in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita on New Year 2006, and now resides at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre North of Yangon. She teaches loving kindness and vipassanā meditation retreats in Burma, Europe, and Australia.  In 2008 she co-founded Metta In Action, a charity devoted to offering Burmese people in need the means and skills to help themselves.  She is passionate about the Dhamma, about nature, and about using both to help others rediscover the intrinsic goodness in all beings.

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June 15th -17th

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Introduction to Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation

This week-end will be especially dedicated to beginners, so participants will be offered basic instructions and guided meditations. During the retreat there will be sessions of sitting and walking meditation and daily Dhamma talks. The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence.

Those who wish to can continue their practice into the following week, which involves more autonomy in one’s meditation.

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after breakfast on the last day

June 17th – 24th

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation retreat

Please note: this period is intended for those who have taken part in the introductory weekend, or have received preliminary instructions on the practice from Bhante Bodhidhamma. Participation to the week-long retreat alone will be subject to the teachers approval; those interested in this option should write an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and wait for formal confirmation before signing up.

This retreat will have sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks. The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after breakfast on the last day.

20 places will be set aside for participants doing the whole period, from June 15th to 24th.

 

 

         Bhante Bodhidhamma was originally a student of Ven. Sayadaw U Janaka from Burma and was ordained as a monk in the tradition of Mahasi in 1986.He then followed the teachings of Ven. Sayadaw Rewata Dhamma and of Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita , and did a long training period in the Mahasi Tradition at the Kandubada Centre in Sri Lanka. From 2001 to 2005 he was a resident teacher at the “Gaia House” retreat centre in England. Since 2006 he’s been spiritual guide of the Satipanya Buddhist Trust Meditation Centre in Wales, (U.K.) For more information please check www.satipanya.org.uk

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July 2nd – 12th

Ven. Vivekananda - Hannes Huber and Heidi Bachman assistants

Satipatthana Vipassana meditation retreat

This retreat is suitable for both experienced and beginning meditators, and will have sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

         Ven. Vivekananda is the resident teacher of Panditarama Lumbini International Meditation Centre in Nepal. He has trained under the Ven. Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa since 1988 and has been teaching Vipassana in the Mahasi tradition and Loving kindness meditation at his center in Lumbini as well as abroad since 1998. With his profound knowledge of the Dhamma and his enthusiastic manner, yogis feel inspired and encouraged to progress in their practice

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July 14th – 21st (PART I)

July 21st – 28th (PART II)

Patricia Feldman e Charles Genoud

Vipassana e Metta retreat

During this retreat meditators will have a chance to deepen their understanding of insight practice, developing mindfulness of the mind and the body, contemplating their aspects and exploring their qualities in each moment. As wisdom unfolds, the nature of experience will reveal itself enabling a powerful inner transformation. The emphasis of the retreat will also invite participants to trust in what lies beneath the surface of habitual tendencies, gently opening and relaxing the heart through the cultivation of loving-kindness. This silent retreat will offer the support of instructions, private interviews and Dharma talks. The practice of  Metta (loving-kindness)  enriches Vipassana  meditation by the breadth and lightness of mind  that it can bring. The  cultivation of  qualities such as kindness and compassion enables an attitude for self-acceptance and openess for oneself and others that can attain a state of unconditional love and peace.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

20 places will be set aside for those yogis who sign up for the two periods (July 14th – 28th)

 

         Patricia Genoud-Feldman has been practicing Buddhist meditation (Vipassana and Dzogchen) in Asia and the West since 1984. She received numerous teachings from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and practiced  under the guidance of  Sayadaw Upandita. She has also completed her teacher training at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. USA under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and other senior teachers.  She has been teaching Vipassana meditation since 1997  in Europe, Israel and the US.

         Charles Genoud has studied Buddhism in both Theravada and Tibetan traditions. For several years he was a student of the Venerable Geshe Rabten and then of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He has practiced Vipassana meditation with Goenka and then in the Mahasi tradition, with Sayadaw Upandita, , Sayadaw U Indaka, Joseph Goldstein ans Sharon Salzberg.

Charles Genoud teaches Buddhist meditation and leads workshops in France, the USA, Israel, Italy and Switzerland. He is one of the founders as well as guiding teacher of the Vimalakirti Meditation Centre in Geneva, Switzerland (www.vimalakirti.org).

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August 3rd – 10th (PART I)

August 10th – 17th (PART II)

August 17th – 24th (PART III, only for yogis who have taken part in the previous period)

Bhante Sujiva – Assistant Brother Dassana

Satipatthana Vipassana retreat

This retreat is open to all, with sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

20 places will be reserved for meditators joining for the whole period (Aug. 3rd -24th), 10 places for those joining for the first period (Aug.3rd – 10th), and 10 places for those joining for the second period (Aug. 10th -17th). It’s not possible to join for the third period only (Aug. 17th -24th), but 10 places will be set aside for those who, having joined the previous period, wish to carry on their retreat until Aug. 24th (or beyond).

         Bhante Sujiva is a Theravadin monk who was Abbot of the Santisukharama hermitage in Kota Tinggi, Malaysia from 1982 to 1996; since then he has been travelling all over the world to spread the teachings of the Dhamma and instructing in Vipassana meditation. Since September 2006, he’s been living more permanently in Europe where he follows groups of yogis in different countries and conducts Vipassana and Metta retreats.

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August 24rd - 31st (PART I)

August 31st – September 6th (PART II)

Brother Dassana (Piero Urban assistant)

Satipatthana Vipassana retreat

This retreat is open to all, with sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

20 places will be set aside for those yogis who sign up for the two periods, from August 24th to September 6th.

Bro. Dassana has been practising Vipassana Meditation for over 20 years. He has done many years of retreats in Burma, Thailand and Malaysia under various teachers. Most of his retreats are in the Mahasi style, though he has also explored other traditions. He was a monk for 17 years, and this gave him the opportunity and time to study the Dhamma scriptures and to do long intensive Vipassana retreats.

Piero Urban has a training in Yoga with the Kaivalyadhama Institute S.M.Y.M. Samiti – Lonavla (India), and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. He has been teaching yoga for 25 years,and has been a counselor for the City of Turin, Italy. He has been practicing Vipassana Meditation since 1993. He has been practicing Vipassana and Metta with Ven. Bhante Sujiva as his main teacher for the last 15 years, and has been translating his intensive retreats. He has been teaching the practice and application of these traditions in Hospices for elderly and terminally ill since 2007.

 

SOME USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR RETREATS

 

  • To join a retreat you must be a member of the association “Pian dei Ciliegi”(by applying through the website, after logging in) and pay the membership fee (15 euros). IMPORTANT: if you have already applied for membership in 2017 you DO NOT need to apply again for 2018. You will have to pay the membership fee together with your first payment, but you can sign up to a retreat without any other formality.
  • The suggested participation fee for the retreats is 30 euros per day for room and board; the fee should be considered as a free contribution by members to support the Association, and covers the expenses of the organization and management of the Centre. It’s possible to ask for sponsorships, or give a contribution based on one’s financial possibilities, but this should be agreed upon with the manager, prior to the retreat.
  • There is no reimbursement of the fee in case of cancellation or anticipated departure once the retreat has started.
  • The Dhamma teachings are offered free of charge, but we encourage participants to show gratitude with a generous donation to the teacher.
  • Please consider a small donation for the pick-up service from the bus stop.
  • You can find information about formal retreats and how to reach the centre on our Web site
  • You can also download from our web site audio files of meditation instructions, guided meditations and Dhamma talks from our past retreats.

 

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