Updates on the opening of the centre and future retreats

 (physical and online)

Our centre will open on June 7th, with a retreat guided by Gautam Verma, which will end on June 14th. There are still places, so if you are interested you can write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The talks will be in English, as well as the interviews with English speakers. 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. Besides, he has trained under Ven. Vivekananda, Hannes Huber and Beate Gloeckner, who have incouraged him to start teaching the Dhamma.


From June 27th to July 5th, instead of the retreat guided by the Ven. Viranani and Hannes Huber which had to be cancelled, there will be a retreat guided by Bhante Sujiva. Please sign up through our website www.piandeiciliegi.it, here: https://www.piandeiciliegi.it/en/subscription-retreats.html


The Ven. Virañani has accepted to guide an online retreat on the Zoom platform, assisted by Federica La Rosa, from June 27th to July 5th. For information or bookings please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., object: Sister Virañani retreat.

The Opening of a Virtual Meditation Room

Dear friends,

unfortunately our meditation centre is still closed, and it is still uncertain when we will be able to open again. At the moment all our May retreats are confirmed, but we might have to cancel them if the measures taken by the government to contain the Covid-19 are extended.

The Dhamma doesn’t close down, however, and many of us are taking this period of suspension from our usual activities as an opportunity to deepen our practice, through the many offers of on-line meditation. We would like to suggest a few (in English):

-every evening Pian dei Ciliegi opens its virtual meditation hall to yogis who want to share their practice; it’s guided by a different Italian Dhamma teacher or experienced yogi every evening, with an occasional “special guest” (Wednesday April 15th and 22nd Bhante Sujiva will guide a couple of meditations). We are in the process of switching to another platform, and will give you the necessary information asap. For the time being, we are still using Zoom and you can write to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can give you the credentials to access the hall.

- on our you tube channel “Centro di Meditazione Pian dei Ciliegi” you can find some selected talks from our past retreats and Bhante Sujiva’s Monday night talks.

- every evening Bhante Bodhidhamma is offering “Lockdown Evening Meditations” from 8.30 to 9.30 p.m. (London time). For more information go to www.satipanya.uk.org

-Marcia Rose is offering guided meditations until June every Sunday at 9.30 a.m. (US time). For more information go to www.mountainhermitage.org

May you be safe, peaceful, healthy and happy

The Pian dei Ciliegi Board

Center closed until April 25, 2020

Dear friends,

we sadly have to announce the cancellation of all our meditation retreat scheduled until April 25th 2020.

We had to make this difficult decision, as you can imagine, because of the new government measures to contrast the spreading of the Covid-19. Since the whole country is in a state of emergency, and we have great concern for the health and wellbeing of all, we have decided to close down the centre at least until April 25th 2020.

We hope to see you soon here in Pian dei Ciliegi for a retreat, and wish you good health and peace of mind in this difficult (and hopefully limited ) situation.

The Pian dei Ciliegi Board


If you are not a member of the Pian dei Ciliegi Association yet and wish to be so, to support our activities and join a retreat in 2020 (our retreat schedule will be published shortly),  fill in the membership form. You will receive an automatic e-mail with instructions for the payment of the 25 euros as membership fee.

If you are already a member of the Pian dei Ciliegi Association and you wish to pay your 2020 membership fee you can make out a money transfer of 25 euros using the following bank data:

Associazione Pian dei Ciliegi

Bank: Unicredit  

Address: Via Roma, 2 29027 Podenzano (PC) - Italia

IBAN code: IT36S0200865410000104574143

Foreign bank transfers: SWIFT CODE: UNCRITM1V57

A heartfelt thank you from the Pian dei Ciliegi staff