Venue: with Martin Pack @ Ellas Retreat Lefkada
Vipassana means to see clearly/beyond, to see the true nature of things as they really are.
Our practice is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, training the mind to be aware of the present moment at all times, allowing us to overcome everyday difficulties we find in our daily life.
Vipassana meditation technique
The technique is being taught by teachers from Wat Chomtong. The technique is from the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition and has been developed by Ajarn Tong, the Abbott of Wat Chomtong near Chiang Mai. It is a practical technique enabling you to practice after the retreat and incorporate mindfulness in your daily life. The practice consists of walking and sitting meditation. The course will take you through different stages of knowledge ce. within the practice. The beginners’ course is 14 days. If you have already done a ‘basic course’, follow up retreats are 10 days only.
Benefits of the practice
Overcoming many personal, mental and physical difficulties, like relationships, work-related stress, letting go of attachments etc.
Constant practice develops insight allowing confidence, energy and effort, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom to arise, in order to help ourselves and others overcome difficulties enabling us to have more compassion for ourselves and others.
Martin Packhas been meditating for more than 30 years. 14 years ago he came across this particular form of Vipassana meditation and it was a life changing experience.He subsequently spent years practicing in Northern Thailand often going straight from one retreat into another.Soon he was asked to assist in leading retreats by revered teacher Thanat in Chom Thong in Thailand and Phra Ofer in Isreal under the authority of the venerable Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo coming from the Mahasi lineage.In 2008 martin was asked by his teacher to set up a Vipassana meditation centre in the mountainous region of Pai. His years of experience in leading retreats show especially during the ‘report times’ (private daily talks between the teacher and the retreat participants) where he helps the students through their challenges with his compassion, characteristic humour and deep understanding of the processes they are going through. In the last years Martin has also organised and taught retreats in Northern Italy, England, Wales, Israel, France and Austria. http://www.risingfalling.org/
The Lefkada Retreat Center is in the heart of the mountain and can host up to ten people in total. Situated in Neohori village, overlooking the Nydri Bay on the east coast of Lefkada Island, an absolute silent retreat house.
The menu is designed according the season with an influence from the macrobiotic nutrition approach and enriched with local, fresh products.
Teacher - Martin - Donation
In the Buddhist tradition the teaching is paid on donation and is much appreciated as the teachers work on a volunteer basis.
Accommodation with food – Donation
In order to maintain the purity of the practise, the retreat is based on a donation.It’s wise though to inform you that in order the venue/ retreat to run smoothly
There is a lot to consider, such gas for the transportation for the teacher, cleaning products, linen, breakfast, lunch, dinner, extra refreshments, organic products, cushions, mat’s, advertising, electricity for the A/C and the heater at the meditation room and of course the main accommodation and different extra costs.
With your right intention and generosity we will be able to support and continue this unique technique for all of those that want to develop peace inside them and around them
Deposit required for secure your seat at the course: is 100.00€
!!!Costs for food and accoumandation 2018 will soon be posted...
What to Bring
Traditionally vipassana is practices in neutral clothing. Bring with you some white clothing If you like.
A countdown timer if possible.
Toiletries: Soap etc.
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