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Weekend Retreats

Our weekend retreats offer you the opportunity to leave the stress of the week behind and relax for a weekend or longer. You learn meditation techniques that help to relax and provide with fresh energy – in order to deal better with the challenges of the week to come. Enjoy this getaway with meditations guided by an experienced meditation teacher.

Getaway: Meditations that heal body and mind

  2. – 5. April

On-site or online attendance possible!

Lamrim a short retreat about the profound practice of taking and giving. This practice is the heart of spiritual training and a special meditation taught by Buddha, which deepens our love and compassion. It is the main method to heal negative karma and the diseases it causes, as well as to purify our mind. And to gain the power to really help others.

Getaway means: out of the city – time for you! Enjoy a relaxing weekend in the quiet and beautiful castle Sommerswalde, surrounded by nature. After the vegetarian dinner you will receive a retreat introduction. Simple but effective meditations from the Buddhist tradition help you to connect with your potential for inner peace. Through meditation, we learn to let go of exhausting mental pressure, to relax on a deeper level and to recharge our batteries. The retreat is suitable for every meditator, no matter what level you are at.

Registration attendance on site:
Closes 24h before course start

More information coming soon.

Session times (1-1.5h):

Friday:
19:30h – Introduction

Saturday:
08:00 – 1st session
11:00 – 2nd session
16:00 – 3rd session
19:30 – 4th session

Sunday:
08:00 – 5th session
11:00 – 6th session
16:00 – 7th session
19:30 – 8th session

Monday:
08:00 – 9th session
11:00 – 10th session

Silence:
In the morning there will be silence until the 2nd session.

Shuttle service:
Friday: from Schwante station to KMC Tharpaland at 17:30.
Monday: from KMC Tharpaland to Schwante station at 13:50.

Language:
German (English translation available on request)

Volunteering:
The KMC Tharpaland is a Buddhist center. Therefore all courses are organized and supervised by volunteers. For this reason it is common that each participant is invited to help with certain tasks like cutting vegetables, washing dishes, cleaning up etc.

Start and end of the retreat:
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 18:00 with a dinner. You are free to arrive as early as 16:30 to settle in and have a look around. The retreat ends on Monday noon after lunch at about 14:00.

Practised Sadhana: Prayers for Meditation

 

Total price (accommodation, course fee, 3 veg. meals):

Premium single room: 318€
Single room: 291€
Double room: 249€
Shared room (4 beds): 207€
Dormitory: 165€ please bring your own sleeping bag and towel (pillow and fitted sheet are available).

Without accommodation: 105€ (including dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday + Sunday and lunch on Monday).

Online Live Stream: 75€

For participants with the study program card of Tharpaland KMC or the center card of KMC Berlin the course fee of 75€ (Saturday / Sunday / Monday) is not applicable.

Getaway: The courage to love. The profound practice of equalising self and others

  6. – 9. Mai

On-site or online attendance possible!

Lojong short retreat: We practice meditations that develop our affection and respect for others – the heart of the Buddhist path to enlightenment. Profound exercises from the well-known “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” by the Buddhist master Shantideva, which increases feelings of closeness, connectedness and heart warming and gives us the confidence to open our heart. “First of all, I should devote myself to meditation on the equalizing of self and others. Because we are all equal, in the sense that we want to experience happiness and we wish to be free from suffering, I should cherish all beings in the same way as I cherish myself”. – Shantideva.

Getaway means: out of the city – time for you! Enjoy a relaxing weekend in the quiet and beautiful castle Sommerswalde, surrounded by nature. After the vegetarian dinner you will receive a retreat introduction. Simple but effective meditations from the Buddhist tradition help you to connect with your potential for inner peace. Through meditation, we learn to let go of exhausting mental pressure, to relax on a deeper level and to recharge our batteries. The retreat is suitable for every meditator, no matter what level you are at.

Registration attendance on site:
Closes 24h before course start

Gen Kelsang Ananda is the Resident Teacher of the Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Center (KMC) near Berlin. He is a modern Buddhist monk and highly experienced teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition. He has been engaged in the study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism for 23 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. He is also Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Berlin and National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition for Germany.

Gen Ananda has many years of experience teaching Buddha’s teachings of Sutra and Tantra. He is known for his good heart, deep practical understanding and accessibility.

Session times (1-1.5h):

Thursday:
19:30h – Introduction

Friday:
08:00 – 1st session
11:00 – 2nd session
16:00 – 3rd session
19:30 – 4th session

Saturday:
08:00 – 5th session
11:00 – 6th session
16:00 – 7th session
19:30 – 8th session

Sunday:
08:00 – 9th session
11:00 – 10th session

Silence:
In the morning there will be silence until the 2nd session.

Shuttle service:
Thursday: from Schwante station to KMC Tharpaland at 17:30.
Sunday: from KMC Tharpaland to Schwante station at 13:50.

Language:
German (English translation available on request)

Volunteering:
The KMC Tharpaland is a Buddhist center. Therefore all courses are organized and supervised by volunteers. For this reason it is common that each participant is invited to help with certain tasks like cutting vegetables, washing dishes, cleaning up etc.

Start and end of the retreat:
The retreat begins on Thursday evening at 18:00 with a dinner. You are free to arrive as early as 16:30 to settle in and have a look around. The retreat ends on Sunday noon after lunch at about 14:00.

Practised Sadhana: Prayers for Meditation

 

Total price (accommodation, course fee, 3 veg. meals):

Premium single room: 318€
Single room: 291€
Double room: 249€
Shared room (4 beds): 207€
Dormitory: 165€ please bring your own sleeping bag and towel (pillow and fitted sheet are available).

Without accommodation: 105€ (including dinner on Thursday, lunch and dinner on Friday + Saturday and lunch on Sunday).

Online Live Stream: 75€

For participants with the study program card of Tharpaland KMC or the center card of KMC Berlin the course fee of 75€ (Friday / Saturday / Sunday) is not applicable.

Getaway: Introduction to Buddhist meditation

  21. – 23. May

On-site or online attendance possible!

Meditation is the heart of the spiritual life. In this course you will be introduced to two basic types of meditation: analytical and abiding meditation. In practical techniques you will learn more about the objects or themes of meditation and how to train yourself in mindfulness and alertness. This is an ideal course for those who want to go further than initial meditations like breathing meditation and develop their meditation practice. Everyone is invited to join this course!

Getaway means: out of the city – time for you! Enjoy a relaxing weekend in the quiet and beautiful castle Sommerswalde, surrounded by nature. After the vegetarian dinner you will receive a retreat introduction. Simple but effective meditations from the Buddhist tradition help you to connect with your potential for inner peace. Through meditation, we learn to let go of exhausting mental pressure, to relax on a deeper level and to recharge our batteries. The retreat is suitable for every meditator, no matter what level you are at.

Registration attendance on site:
Closes 24h before course start

Gen Kelsang Khandro is the new Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Munich. She is a modern Buddhist nun and a long-time student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Gen Khandro has over 20 years of experience in meditation and Buddhism.  She is happy to share her clear understanding of Kadampa Buddhism and meditation with others.

Session times (1-1.5h):

Friday:
19:30h – Introduction

Saturday:
08:00 – 1st session
11:00 – 2nd session
16:00 – 3rd session
19:30 – 4th session

Sunday:
08:00 – 5th session

11:00 – 6th session

Silence:
In the morning there will be silence until the 2nd session.

Shuttle service:
Friday: from Schwante station to KMC Tharpaland at 17:30.
Sunday: from KMC Tharpaland to Schwante station at 13:50.

Language:
German (English translation available on request)

Volunteering:
The KMC Tharpaland is a Buddhist center. Therefore all courses are organized and supervised by volunteers. For this reason it is common that each participant is invited to help with certain tasks like cutting vegetables, washing dishes, cleaning up etc.

Start and end of the retreat:
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 18:00 with a dinner. You are free to arrive as early as 16:30 to settle in and have a look around. The retreat ends on Sunday noon after lunch at about 14:00.

Practised Sadhana: Prayers for Meditation

 

 

Total price (accommodation, course fee, 3 veg. meals):
Premium single room: 212€
Single room: 194€
Twin / Double room: 166€
Shared room (4 beds): 138€
Dormitory: 110€ please bring your own sleeping bag and towel (pillow and fitted sheet are available).

Without accommodation: 70€ (including dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday).

Online Live Stream: 50€

For participants with the study program card of Tharpaland KMC or the center card of KMC Berlin the course fee of 50€ (Saturday / Sunday) is not applicable.

Getaway: Learn to meditate

  18. – 21. June

On-site or online attendance possible!

This course offers you the opportunity to learn the essential basics of meditation and to successfully start your own meditation practice. Meditation is the method to find inner peace and to relax physically and mentally. Training in meditation has huge benefits: You learn to direct your thoughts in a positive direction and to let go negative thoughts and feelings more easily. This benefits all aspects of your life, such as your health and your relationships.

In this course you learn preparatory and actual meditations. They come from the Buddhist tradition, but can be easily practiced by everyone and have a great effect on your life. The course takes place in the temple room of Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Center in a pleasant atmosphere. Previous knowledge is not required. Everyone is welcome!

Registration attendance on site:
Closes 24h before course start

Salome Werth is a Buddhist teacher and since 2014 she has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. In the summer of 2020 she completed the ITTP, an intensive teacher training programme at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England, and since then has been the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Dresden. In her meditation guides and teachings, Salome emphasises the practical use of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives to find inner peace and happiness and to discover the true meaning of this precious life.

Session times (1-1.5h):

Friday:
20:00 – Introduction

Saturday:
08:00 – 1st session
11:00 – 2nd session
16:00 – 3rd session
19:30 – 4th session

Sunday:
08:00 – 5th session
11:00 – 6th session
16:00 – 7th session
19:30 – 8th session

Monday:
08:00 – 9th session
11:00 – 10th session

Silence:
There will be silence in the morning until the 2nd session.

Shuttle:
Friday: from Schwante station to Tharpaland KMC at 17:30.
Monday: from Tharpaland KMC to Schwante station at 13:50.

Language:
German (English translation available on request)

Volunteering:
The Tharpaland KMC is a Buddhist center. Therefore all courses are organized and supervised by volunteers. For this reason it is common that each participant is invited to help with certain tasks such as cutting vegetables, doing the dishes, cleaning up etc.

Start and end of the retreat:
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 18:00 with dinner. You are welcome to arrive as early as 16:30 to get settled and have a look around. The retreat ends on Monday noon after lunch at about 14:00.

Practised Sadhana: Prayers for Meditation

Total price (accommodation, course fee, 3 veg. meals):

Premium single room: 318€
Single room: 291€
Double room: 249€
Shared room (4 beds): 207€
Dormitory: 165€ please bring your own sleeping bag and towel (pillow and fitted sheet are available).

Without accommodation: 105€ (including dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday + Sunday and lunch on Monday).

Online Live Stream: 75€

For participants with the study program card of Tharpaland KMC or the center card of KMC Berlin the course fee of 75€ (Saturday / Sunday / Monday) is not applicable.

Getaway: Meditations for a life with no worries

  2. – 4. July

On-site or online attendance possible!

Lamrim short retreat: Meditations on wonderful methods that free us from stressful worries and thoughts. Our worries and fears are based on our imagined thoughts about the future. We learn to ” abandon” these thoughts and the emotions they cause.

Getaway means: out of the city – time for you! Enjoy a relaxing weekend in the quiet and beautiful castle Sommerswalde, surrounded by nature. After the vegetarian dinner you will receive a retreat introduction. Simple but effective meditations from the Buddhist tradition help you to connect with your potential for inner peace. Through meditation, we learn to let go of exhausting mental pressure, to relax on a deeper level and to recharge our batteries. The retreat is suitable for every meditator, no matter what level you are at.

Registration attendance on site:
Closes 24h before the course starts

Gen Kelsang Lochog is a Buddhist nun and qualified teacher who has taught in Kadampa Centres for many years. She has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism since 2001 and is a sincere student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. With her kind, humorous and compassionate personality, she shows in an inspiring way how to integrate the Teachings of Buddha into one’s own life and daily activities.

Session times (1-1.5h):

Friday:
19:30h – Introduction

Saturday:
08:00 – 1st session
11:00 – 2nd session
16:00 – 3rd session
19:30 – 4th session

Sunday:
08:00 – 5th session

11:00 – 6th session

Silence:
In the morning there will be silence until the 2nd session.

Shuttle service:
Friday: from Schwante station to KMC Tharpaland at 17:30.
Sunday: from KMC Tharpaland to Schwante station at 13:50.

Language:
German (English translation available on request)

Volunteering:
The KMC Tharpaland is a Buddhist center. Therefore all courses are organized and supervised by volunteers. For this reason it is common that each participant is invited to help with certain tasks like cutting vegetables, washing dishes, cleaning up etc.

Start and end of the retreat:
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 18:00 with a dinner. You are free to arrive as early as 16:30 to settle in and have a look around. The retreat ends on Sunday noon after lunch at about 14:00.

Practised Sadhana: Prayers for Meditation

 

Total price (accommodation, course fee, 3 veg. meals):
Premium single room: 212€
Single room: 194€
Twin / Double room: 166€
Shared room (4 beds): 138€
Dormitory: 110€ please bring your own sleeping bag and towel (pillow and fitted sheet are available).

Without accommodation: 70€ (including dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday).

Online Live Stream: 50€

For participants with the study program card of Tharpaland KMC or the center card of KMC Berlin the course fee of 50€ (Saturday / Sunday) is not applicable.

Getaway: Relax and recharge

  16. – 18. July

On-site or online attendance possible!

Get out of the city – time for you! Enjoy a relaxing weekend in the middle of nature, in the quiet and beautiful castle Sommerswalde. After the vegetarian dinner you will receive an introduction with meditation. Together we will practice three simple but effective breathing meditations from the Buddhist tradition, which connect you with your potential for inner peace. Through meditation you can learn to let go of tiresome mental stress, relax on a deeper level and recharge your batteries. The perfect start for the upcoming week!

Getaway means: out of the city – time for you! Enjoy a relaxing weekend in the quiet and beautiful castle Sommerswalde, surrounded by nature. After the vegetarian dinner you will receive a retreat introduction. Simple but effective meditations from the Buddhist tradition help you to connect with your potential for inner peace. Through meditation, we learn to let go of exhausting mental pressure, to relax on a deeper level and to recharge our batteries. The retreat is suitable for every meditator, no matter what level you are at.

Registration attendance on site:
Closes 24h before the course starts

Mirja Renner joined Kadampa Buddhism in 2005 and began her meditation and Dharma studies first in London, England, at Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre. In 2007 she joined the teacher training programme at Kadampa Meditation Centre New York City. Over the years, although she has had a busy career in the media industry, she has volunteered for the Centre in various ways – from managing and teaching courses in general programmes to teaching the Foundation Programme from 2015 to 2019. Mirja Renner has been Resident Teacher of the Kadampa Meditation Centre in Hamburg, Germany since summer 2019.

Session times (1-1.5h):

Friday:
19:30h – Introduction

Saturday:
08:00 – 1st session
11:00 – 2nd session
16:00 – 3rd session
19:30 – 4th session

Sunday:
08:00 – 5th session

11:00 – 6th session

Silence:
In the morning there will be silence until the 2nd session.

Shuttle service:
Friday: from Schwante station to KMC Tharpaland at 17:30.
Sunday: from KMC Tharpaland to Schwante station at 13:50.

Language:
German (English translation available on request)

Volunteering:
The KMC Tharpaland is a Buddhist center. Therefore all courses are organized and supervised by volunteers. For this reason it is common that each participant is invited to help with certain tasks like cutting vegetables, washing dishes, cleaning up etc.

Start and end of the retreat:
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 18:00 with a dinner. You are free to arrive as early as 16:30 to settle in and have a look around. The retreat ends on Sunday noon after lunch at about 14:00.

Practised Sadhana: Prayers for Meditation

 

Total price (accommodation, course fee, 3 veg. meals):
Premium single room: 212€
Single room: 194€
Twin / Double room: 166€
Shared room (4 beds): 138€
Dormitory: 110€ please bring your own sleeping bag and towel (pillow and fitted sheet are available).

Without accommodation: 70€ (including dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday).

Online Live Stream: 50€

For participants with the study program card of Tharpaland KMC or the center card of KMC Berlin the course fee of 50€ (Saturday / Sunday) is not applicable.

Recommended book

 

 

Recommended book for these weekend getaways: “How to Transform Your Life” by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. A practical manual for everyday life that shows us how to develop and maintain inner peace, how to reduce and stop our experience of problems and how to change our lives in a positive way to experience deep and lasting happiness.

Available from Tharpa and also as free eBook