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Retreat schedule 2019

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PIAN DEI CILIEGI MEDITATION CENTRE

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

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Please keep in mind that bookings will open on January 12th 2019 at 8.00 a.m. and have to be made on-line, through our website.

 

2019 RETREAT SCHEDULE

(only retreats in English, with Italian translation)

 (for the retreat calendar click here)

 

 

March 30th – April 6th

Andrea Huber

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.

 

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 6th – 17th

Sayadaw Vivekananda and Salayay Daw Vimalañani

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 two teachers 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 Center 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 the 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 Daw Vimalanani 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 Newar, Nepali, English and Burmese.

Retreat fee: 385 euros

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April 17th – April 26th

Hannes Huber

(Heidi Pfaeffli-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

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 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 Vipassana and Metta meditation in the Mahasi Tradition.

Retreat fee: 315 euros

 

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April 26th – May 5th

Beate Gloeckner

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

 

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: 315 euros

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May 31th – June 2nd

Bhante Bodhidhamma

(assistants: Luisa Lazzarotto e Gautam Verma)

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

 

Retreat fee: 70 euros

 

May 31th – June 9th

Bhante Bodhidhamma

(assistants: Luisa Lazzarotto e Gautam Verma)

Satipatthana Vipassana 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 31th to June 9th

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

Retreat fee: 315 euros

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June 21st – 30th

Ven. Viraῆani

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. Vīrañ āṇi 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: 315 euros

 

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August 1st – 11th (Part I)

August 11th – 21th (Part II)

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. 1st -21th),

10 places for those joining for the first period (Aug. 1st – 11th), and

10 places for those joining for the second period (Aug. 11th -21th).

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.

Retreat fee: 350 euros for each period

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August 21rd - 28st (Part I)

August 28st – September 4th (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 21th to September 4th.

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.

Retreat fee: 245 euros for each period

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2019 December 29th – 2020 January 6th

Bhante Sujiva

(Assistants: Luisa Lazzarotto and Gautam Verma)

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

 

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.

Retreat fee: 280 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 (15 euros).

IMPORTANT : if you have already applied for membership in 2017 or in 2018 you DO NOT need to apply again for 2019. 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 here.

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)

 

 

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