In-depth retreats

Our meditation retreats are Buddhist practice retreats in a group that offer you the opportunity to deepen your meditation experience. “Retreat” means withdrawing into meditation. The focus is on essential meditations drawn from the Buddhist tradition.
Tharpaland offers annual retreats on the so-called `four pleliminary practices`. These deeper retreats are led by renowned international Kadampa Buddhist meditation teachers, German Buddhist teachers, or our Resident Teacher Gen Ananda. They are open to everyone.

Enjoy this retreat in the beautiful surroundings of Tharpaland KMC and return to your daily life inspired and refreshed!

A Rain of Blessings: Guru Yoga and Mandala Offerings Retreat

October 16 – 18

If we want Dharma realizations, we must prepare our minds well. In this retreat we will enrich our minds with Buddha’s blessings and positive energy so that it will be easy for us to gain deep meditation experiences and progress on the path to enlightenment. An introduction to the retreat is given in the first retreat session. All other sessions are unguided.
Please bring your own: Mandala set (or a small plate, rice and a large cloth).


Gen Kelsang Ananda is the Resident Teacher of Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Center (Tharpaland KMC) near Berlin. He is a modern Buddhist monk and very experienced teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition and 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 the Kadampa Meditation Center Berlin and National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition in Germany. 

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

Meeting times (1,5h):

20:00 – Introduction

from Saturday
09:00 – 1st session
11:30 – 2nd session
16:00 – 3rd session
19:00 – 4th session


yes – all except Nyungnä and GYMD Retreat

Friday: from Schwante Station to Tharpaland KMC at 17:30.
Sunday: from Tharpaland KMC to Schwante Station at 20:50.

German (English translation available on request)

Tharpaland KMC is a Buddhist meditation 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, washing up, cleaning up etc.

Start and end of the retreat:
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 6pm with dinner. You are welcome to arrive as early as 16:30 to settle in and look around. The retreat ends on Sunday after the fourth session.

Course fee:
Course fee of 15€ per day for unguided retreats.

Overnight stay:
Premium single room: 55€ per person per night
Single room: 47€ pPpN
Double room: 33€ pPpN (please indicate the person with whom you share the room)
Shared room (4 single beds): 28€ pPpN
Dormitory (bunk beds): 20€ pPpN (please bring your own sleeping bag and towel (pillows and fitted sheets are provided).

Plus lunch 6€, dinner 4€.

For participants with a Tharpaland KMC and KMC Berlin center card the course fee of 15€ per day for (Saturday / Sunday) is not applicable.

This retreat is not conducted continuously. In the case of retreats beyond the four leading preparations, there is the possibility to extend the retreat for another five days into the following week unguided.