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Retreat schedule 2020

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PIAN DEI CILIEGI MEDITATION CENTRE

loc. Bulla di Monte Santo   29028 Pontedellolio, Piacenza (Italy)

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Please note: the retreats in this program are only those held in English – for a complete list please read the program in the Italian section. Retreat bookings will open on Saturday, January 11th at 8.00 a.m. and have to be made through our website.

Retreats calendar 2020

2020 RETREAT SCHEDULE

(only retreats in English, with Italian translation)

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April 6th – 17th

Sayadaw Vivekananda and Salayay Ma Vimalañani

Satipatthana Vipassanā 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

           Sayadaw 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 Vipassanā 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

         Sayalay Ma Vimalañani is a Nepalese nun who has studied and trained with Sayadaw U Pandita in Burma since 1991. In 1999, she completed the rigorous Dhammacariya degree which qualifies her to teach the Buddhist scriptures. After many years of training and translating yogi interviews, she began to guide foreign yogis at the Panditarama Forest Meditation Center in 2006.  In addition to teaching yogis during the two-month retreat at Panditarama in December and January, she teaches meditation and Pali at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in Nepal. Sayalay Ma Vimalanani is fluent in Nepalese, English, and Burmese.

Retreat fee: 330 euros

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April 17th – April 25th

Hannes Huber

(Heidi Pfaeffli-Bachmann assistant)

Satipatthana Vipassanā 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

         Hannes Huber, is an experienced teacher who has practiced Vipassanā 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 Vipassanā Meditation in Austria and other European countries, and is an MBSR trainer.

Heidi Pfaeffli-Bachmann worked as a teacher in various fields, such as healing education, music and as a lecturer in philosophy. She was a founding member of the Movement of the Philosophical Practice of Switzerland. She has many years of experience in meditation in various schools and with different teachers. For the last eighteen years, her focus has been on Vipassanā and Mettā meditation in the Mahasi Tradition.

Retreat fee: 240 euros

 

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April 25th – May 3rd

Beate Gloeckner

Satipatthana Vipassanā 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

         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.

Retreat fee: 240 euros

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May 29th – 31st

Bhante Bodhidhamma

(assistants: Luisa Lazzarotto and Gautam Verma)

Introduction to Satipatthana Vipassanā 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

Retreat fee: 60 euros

 

May 29th – June 7th

Bhante Bodhidhamma

(assistants: Luisa Lazzarotto and Gautam Verma)

Satipatthana Vipassanā Meditation retreat

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 May 29th to June 7th

Retreat fee: 270 euros

         Bhante Bodhidhamma was originally a student of Ven. Sayadaw Rewata Dhamma  and Ven. Sayadaw U Janaka from Burma and was ordained as a monk in 1986. He then followed the teachings of  Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita , and did a long training period at the Mahasi Kandubada Meditation 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 Director of the Satipanya Buddhist Retreat in Wales, (U.K.) For more information please check www.satipanya.org.uk

Luisa Lazzarotto has practiced Vipassanā meditation for about thirty years under the guidance of distinguished Dhamma teachers, and has been a yoga teacher for over thirty years. Since 2016 she has been leading “Introduction to Vipassanā” retreats in Pian dei Ciliegi and organizes monthly Sunday retreats in Cinisello Balsamo (Milan). She has been authorized to teach the Dhamma by Bhante Sujiva e Bhante Bodhidhamma.

Gautam Verma is a Vipassanā meditator of Indian origins, and has been practicing for many years under the guidance of distinguished Dhamma teachers, besides doing long periods of solitary retreat. He’s been collaborating with Pian dei Ciliegi as a translator during interviews with English speaking Dhamma teachers. He’s been an assistant of Bhante Bodhidhamma since 2017, from whom he’s been authorizerd to offer Dhamma teachings.

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June 12th – 20th

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

Retreat fee: 240 euros

June 20th – 27th

Ven. Viraani

Mettā for Insight Meditation

Loving-kindness (Mettā) and insight meditation (Vipassanā) powerfully support each other, allowing us to deeply connect with ourselves, with each other, and with the deepest truths of the way things are. Together they help free the heart from clinging and pain. In this retreat Ven. Virañani will share the traditional Burmese teachings of mettā for vipassanā in a way that is both accessible and immediately practical in everyday life. 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 participants doing the whole period, from June 12th to 27th

 

Retreat fee: 210 euros

 

         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 Mettā 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 27th – July 4th

Hannes Huber and Ven. Viraῆani

Satipatthana Vipassanā 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

         10 places will be set aside for participants doing the whole period guided by Ven. Viraani, from June 12th to July 4th

Retreat fee: 210 euro

For the teachers’ bio please read above

 

 

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August 1st – 10th (Part I)

August 11th – 20th (Part II)

Bhante Sujiva

(Assistant: Brother Dassana)

Satipatthana Vipassanā 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. 1st -20th),

       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 Vipassanā meditation. Since September 2006, he’s been living more permanently in Europe where he follows groups of yogis in different countries and conducts Vipassanā and Mettā retreats.

Retreat fee for the first period: 300 euros

Retreat fee for the second period: 270 euros

Retreat fee for the whole period: 570 euros

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August 20th - 27th  (Part I)

August 27th – September 3rd (Part II)

Brother Dassana

(Assistant: Piero Urban)

Satipatthana Vipassanā 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

15 places will be set aside for those yogis who sign up for the two periods, from August 20th to September 3rd.

Bro. Dassana has been practising Vipassanā 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 Vipassanā 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 Vipassanā Meditation since 1993. He has been practicing Vipassanā and Mettā 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.

Retreat fee for each period: 210 euros

Retreat fee for the whole period: 420 euros

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December 29th 2020 - January 6th 2021

Bhante Sujiva

(Assistants: Luisa Lazzarotto and Massimo Bonomelli)

Satipatthana Vipassanā 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

 

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 Vipassanā meditation. Since September 2006, he’s been living more permanently in Europe where he follows groups of yogis in different countries and conducts Vipassanā and Mettā retreats.

Luisa Lazzarotto has practiced Vipassanā meditation for about thirty years under the guidance of distinguished Dhamma teachers, and has been a yoga teacher for over thirty years. Since 2016 she has been leading “Introduction to Vipassanā” retreats in Pian dei Ciliegi and organizes monthly Sunday retreats in Cinisello Balsamo (Milan). She has been authorized to teach the Dhamma by Bhante Sujiva e Bhante Bodhidhamma.

Massimo Bonomelli has deepened his Vipassanā practice under the guidance of Bhante Sujiva, for whom he is also assistant and translator, and his Sámatha practice with Alan Wallace. He is a yoga teacher in Dott. Yogacharya Bhole’s method Yoganubhava, besides being a certified counselor, having completed his training at the Mindfulness Counseling School. He leads meditation groups in various parts of Italy, and the monthly “Sundays with Sati” retreats in Milan, together with Giancarlo Giovannini. 

Retreat fee: 240 euros

 

 

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 for 2020 (25 euros).

IMPORTANT: if you have already applied for membership in 2017, 2018 or 2019 you DO NOT need to apply again for 2020. If you haven’t already done so, 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
  • From our web you can also download site audio files of meditation instructions, guided meditations and Dhamma talks from our past retreats.

What to bring

  • Comfortable and warm clothing, enough for the duration of the retreat (for long retreats you can use the washing machine for 5 euros)
  • Sheets for a single bed or sleeping bag (for long retreats we can provide them for 5 euros)
  • Towels and personal toiletries
  • A torch
  • House shoes.
  • Notebook and pen
  • Medicine if needed
  • Personal meditation cushion or bench (however these are also available at the centre