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2020 ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP

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

Important communication

Dear Members,

This is a particularly important communication for the future of the Association Pian dei Ciliegi, so we ask you please to read it carefully.

After prolonged deliberation, the Directive Council has decided to introduce certain changes to the regulations as regards the amount and payment of the retreat quota and membership fees.

1a. Payment of the Membership Fee irrespective of participation in a retreat

The Council has decided that membership fees to the association should be paid irrespective of one’s participation in a retreat.

From a spiritual point of view this would mean adhesion to the Association and a sharing in its fundamental mission, namely the diffusion of Satipatthana Vipassana and Metta. As you know, and as the present Sangha testifies, Pian dei Ciliegi offers a unique opportunity for practice, in Italy as in Europe, even in terms of its cost/quality ratio, as well as the teachings which are freely offered in this tradition.

From an economic point of view, this will allow us to rely on a more stable and dependable number of members, which also means it will allow us a more secure source of income to cover the costs of the ordinary maintenance of the center (rent, bills, secretarial costs etc.) that represent about a quarter of the total expenditure.

So we hope that members, recognizing and appreciating the activities of the center, will choose to adhere to the Association, independently of their participation in retreats in 2020.

1b. Anticipated Payment of the Membership Fee

            To encourage greater participation on the part of members in the life of the Association, and to enjoy a more serene economic outlook, the Directive Council has also decided to ask associates to pay their annual membership fee for 2020 by 31st December 2019. This is not a binding date, as it will be possible to pay the membership fee even further on, but not after 20th September 2020. But we hope that later payments will only occur with new first-time members.

1c. Loss of Membership Status

            A direct consequence of the non-payment of the membership fee will be the forfeiture of one’s membership status. Starting in 2016 – year in which the admission procedure was modified and digitalized – there has been an ever-growing membership list (which now numbers more than 1700) with its additional secretarial costs and responsibilities. So, as unpleasant as it may be, in October 2020 the directive council will deliberate the exclusion of all non-paying members of 2020, to facilitate the management of the Association and of the annual assembly.

1d. Request for New Membership

            A disqualified member can in future re-participate in a retreat at Pian dei Ciliegi by reapplying for membership in the manner described on the website, and already in use.

2. Amount of the Membership Fee and Retreat Quota

            Another change will be to the amount of the membership fee of 15€ which has remained unchanged for the last 17 years. From 2020, in fact, it will become 25€. But the daily quota of the retreat will be reduced once again to 30€ because there is no longer a necessity for the large outlay of expenses for the construction of new bathrooms and the phytodepuration plant that characterized 2019. The modification to the amounts of the quotas will not change the total cost for those who participate in just a single weekend retreat, well as for those participating in longer retreats it will represent a substantial savings.

            We hope that these changes will be well-received by you, because we also recognize that there have been several substantive changes in the last years which you have already had to accommodate. However, there is also a growing complexity to the management of the Center, and as the Directive Council we have to face situations – normative or economic – that require our careful consideration. Entrusting ourselves then to your understanding, we wish you fruitful practice and good progress in your meditation.

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

Short report 2019

Dear friends,

we have come to the end of our retreat season, and the centre will close until the end of December. This year about 400 people have joined our Satipatthana Vipassana and Metta retreats, and the places available in almost all our retreats were taken. We apologize with those of you who weren’t able to take part in a retreat because it was full.

We’d like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have supported Pian dei Ciliegi through the years (and are still supporting us), in manyfold ways; it is also thanks to your mindful presence and dedication that Pian dei Ciliegi has become such a valuable place for the practice of the Dhamma, and an important reference point for many yogis.

Our 2020 retreat schedule will be published around the middle on November, and communicated through our website www.piandeiciliegi.it, our mailing list and our facebook page (sangha di pian dei ciliegi). We will open our retreat bookings the second week of January 2020.

Retreat 2018 bookings

logo partecipareRetreat bookings will begin in January 2018. It will be possible to sign up directly from our website.

Please check the procedure in Sign up for a retreat

Appeal for funds

Dear Friends and Associates,

This message is directed to all those who feel that they belong to, or wish to participate in the Sangha that has developed around the meditation center Pian dei Ciliegi, and who share the center’s aims and goals.
As you know, in recent years Pian dei Ciliegi has played an important role in the diffusion of Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation in the West, a role which we wish to maintain and develop in the future, on the basis of experience accumulated over the years, both in terms of the teaching and in the management of retreats. The Gift of the Dhamma is greater than any other gift, and we would like to preserve and consign this precious gift to future generations.

We intend to continue to make improvements, and this includes the establishment that houses the retreats. When we began about twenty years ago, the building was quite a bit run-down, and had many problems. On the basis of a contract drawn up in 1996, in exchange for a very low rent (that has remained invariant since then), the Association promised to undertake works to improve the structure, and this agreement will remain in place for as long as the Association is active. Bit by bit, with the contribution from retreats and from members, we have continued to better the center, and now we come to the “last great work” we must carry out, namely, the renovation and expansion of the bathrooms in order to provide a more modern standard of comfort for future generations of practitioners.
So if you too feel a part of the great Sangha family, if you have benefitted from the teachings and from your encounters with great Teachers, if you have grasped the inestimable value of the Dhamma and the importance of Generosity (Dana), if you are moved by an altruistic spirit and a spirit of sharing, we invite you to participate in our project, for the benefit of all those who will come into contact with this magnificent practice. It is the most proficuous means for the purification of minds, and for overcoming the conflicts and ills that afflict human beings.
So dear friends and associates, dear Sangha at Pian dei Ciliegi, we encourage you to contribute to whatever degree you are able, with a donation or with a loan, which we absolutely require for the substantial renovations we are about to undertake (the details of which will be outlined in a follow up letter), for the betterment of the center.
We at the Directive Council are committed to continue with our work for as long as we are able, honoring your trust in us, and with the hope that new energies will always be available to keep the Wheel of the Dhamma turning at Pian dei Ciliegi.

With immense gratitude and Metta
Gianni Burgazzi, Center manager

The donation or loan may be sent via bank transfer to the
Association Pian dei Ciliegi
Bank: Banca Cariparma Credit Agricole
Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 88 29028 Ponte dell’ Olio (PC) – Italy
IBAN Code: IT47F0623065420000030714189
For Transfers from Abroad: SWIFT Code: CRPPIT2P027 (n.b. the 9th character is a zero)

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