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Retreat schedule 2021

Please note: the retreats in this program are only those held in English – for a complete list you can find the program in the Italian section. Retreat bookings will open on Saturday, January 16th 2021 at 8.00 a.m. and have to be made through our website.

2021 RETREAT SCHEDULE

(only retreats in English, with Italian translation)

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April 1st – 11th

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: 350 euros

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April 11th-18th

Andrea Huber

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

Andrea Huber is an MBSR trainer who lives and works in Austria, and trained at the Institut of Mindfulness and Stress Reduction of Dr. Linda Lehrhaupt, in Bedburg, Germany. She is an experienced Vipassana meditator in the Mahasi tradition, having trained for long periods under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita e Sayadaw U Vivekananda.

Retreat fee: 245 euros

      

 

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April 18th – May 2nd

Hannes Huber

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.

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Retreat fee: 490 euros

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May 23rd – June 2nd

Ven. Viraῆani

Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation retreat

(beginning with the practice of Metta to develop the right attitude towards insight meditation)

Loving-kindness (Metta) and insight meditation (Vipassana) powerfully support each other. The welcoming and kind attitude cultivated with Metta allows us to deeply connect with the deepest truths of the way things are in our insight meditation. Together they help free the heart from clinging and pain. In this retreat Ven. Virañani will share the traditional Burmese teachings of Mettā as a foundation 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

         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.

 

Retreat fee: 350 euros

 

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June 5th – 13th

Gautam Verma

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

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. He has also been authorized to teach by the Ven. Vivekananda, Hannes Huber and Beate Gloeckner.

Retreat fee: 280 euro

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June 24th -July 2nd

Hannes Huber

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.

Retreat fee: 280 euro

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August 1st – 10th (Part I)

August 10th – 20th (Part II)

August 20th – 29th (Part III)

Bhante Sujiva

(Assistant: Piero Urban and Luisa Lazzarotto)

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

10 places will be reserved for meditators joining for the whole period (Aug. 1st -29th),

         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.

         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.

      

         Luisa Lazzarotto has been practicing Vipassana meditation for over thirty years under the guidance of renown Dhamma teachers , and has been a yoga teacher for over 20 years.Sincec 2016 she’s been guiding introductory retreats to the practice of Vipassana in Pian dei Ciliegi and Mindfulness daily retreats in Cinisello Balsamo (Milano). She’s been authorized to teach the Dhamma by Bhante Sujiva e Bhante Bodhidhamma, of whom she was also assistant..

Retreat fee for the first period: 315 euros

Retreat fee for the second period: 350 euros

Retreat fee for the third period: 315 euros

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October 27th – November 1st

Gautam Verma

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

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. He has also beem authorized to teach by the Ven. Vivekananda, Hannes Huber and Beate Gloeckner.

Retreat fee: 175 euro

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December 30th 2021 - January 9th 2022

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 and counsellor and leads mindfulness and meditation groups in various parts of Italy.

Retreat fee: 350 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 2021 (25 euros).
  • The participation fee for the retreats is 35 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 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 cushions or benches (however these are also available at the centre)