Summer Youth Retreat

Centre: Dechen Chöling
Sunday 28 July 2019 (15:00 -22:00)
Sunday 4 August 2019 (08:00 -09:00)
Contact person : Shambhala Dechen Chöling
Programme Price A : €54
basic food and accomodation per night to be added to the program price: €40
One-week meditation retreat for young people, including introduction to meditation practice. Offer yourself the opportunity to address questions in your life with kindness and space. Taught in English.

The mind is very wild. The human experience is full of unpredictability and paradoxes, joys and sorrows, successes and failures. We can’t escape any of these experiences in the vast terrain of our existence. It is part of what makes life grand – and it is also why our minds take us on such a crazy ride. If we can train ourselves through meditation to be more open and more accepting toward the wild arc of our experience, if we can lean into the difficulties of life and the ride of our minds, we can become more settled and relaxed amid whatever life brings us.
– Pema Chödrön in How to Meditate

Through rich and profound meditation techniques, this retreat is an exploration of our humanness, welcoming anyone interested in making friends with who they are, at a fundamental level. From early morning to evening we will practice meditation together and use our time to develop a friendly, genuine yet caring, relationship with our body, speech and mind.

This summer, we direct this retreat to young people who would like to practice together with a group of their peers. Meditation practice is relevant to every stage of life, but an extended retreat can prove a valuable experience as you set out to face the challenges of finding youself and your seat in the constantly changing world. 

A suggested youth guideline includes up to 35 years but we will not restrict people who "feel young" from attending. Participants under 18 will be requested to designate a legal guardian on land at DCL during the retreat. 

For beginners as well as advanced practitioners, this programme will provide a powerful experience, regardless of your stage of practice. The retreat consists of individual meditation instruction, guided meditation, contemplation, and dharma talks, which develop insight and open our hearts towards compassion. Each day follows a traditional schedule, with periods of sitting and walking meditation, exercises, chants, and a short rota period. Silence may be observed for some periods during the retreat.

The cost of the retreat is only €299, including programme price, food and accommodation in your own tent. The price will be higher if you opt to stay in a two-person tent provided by DCL. Note also membership fee and shuttle cost may apply. We cannot offer scholarships for the retreat, but direct you to use Offering Bowl which can help you to raise funds to be here.