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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. 
 

UPDATED RETREAT SCHEDULE - FALL/WINTER 2020

October 3rd – 11th
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.
 
Retreat fee: 240 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 www.piandeiciliegi.it
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)
Personal protective masks and disposable gloves
Personal shawl or blanket to cover shoulders in the meditation hall (for hygenic reasons we can non longer provide blankets to use in the hall)