Urban retreat a way to let practice blend more into your every day life.
You live at home or arrange your own accommodation. During the day we practice together led by the two teachers and in the evening the challenge is to lead yourself in your everyday environment, perhaps in relation to family and others and supported by online practice. The intention is to be in silence for five days. Being in silence also at home is a prerequisite for the retreat to be eligible for teacher training in MBSR, MBCT and MSC.
Mindfulness practice is an invitation to slow down and shift from doing-mode to being-mode. Allowing yourself to be in a place without pressure supported by the guidance of the teachers and the presence of the group. Together we will explore how to rest in the very nature of your being, in what is sometimes called the natural state, original mind, pure awareness, no mind, or simply emptiness. Our assumption is that fulfilment and mental peace is available to you in every moment and that meditation is a way to discover this essential nature of your mind and heart.
Dwelling deep within our heart, and within the hearts of all beings without exception, is an inexhaustible source of love and wisdom. And the ultimate purpose of all spiritual practices, whether they are called Buddhist or not, is to uncover and make contact with this essentially pure nature – Lama Yeshe
The Buddhist teachings start off the practice of loving-kindness by focusing first upon ourselves. The Buddha declared, whoever loves himself will never harm another. The capacity of listening to others depends on the capacity to listen to oneself. Only when we learn to listen to our needs and our suffering, then we are able to learn to accept our selves. We want to go home but sometimes we are afraid to go home because we can touch a pain, a fear inside. We have to learn to go home with loving kindness and with small steps.
Is this a retreat for you?
This retreat welcomes people with meditation experience, for instance graduates from the MBSR, MBCT, MSC or other similar programs and experiences. You will be introduced to simple methods to be more at ease with your feelings and disturbing thoughts. We are exploring ways to be more relaxed with the challenges of stress, fear, sadness and insecurity. The emphasis is on how to bring that compassionate space into our daily life and our relationships.There will be periods of shared silence, guided meditations, short lectures, dialogs and simple mindful movement. We will help you to establish a mindfulness practice which suits your lifestyle without becoming an extra burden.
About the teachers
Stephan Pende Wormland, Clinical Psychologist, born in Germany, has studied and practiced meditation in multiple traditions for over 30 years. He has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, trained in Gestalt therapy and worked for 6 years in a psychiatric hospital.
He lived as an ordained monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years and, during that time, served as the director of Nalanda Monastery in the south of France and spent a total of 5 years in group and solitary retreats. The main teacher of Stephan is Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
He has received teachings and guidance from great Tibetan Masters of the four schools like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Kirti Thenshap Rinpoche, Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, and Choden Rinpoche. He has practiced and studied with foremost Western teachers like Peter Fenner, Alan Wallace, Rob Preece, Alex Berzin, Pema Chodron, Robert Thurman, and Ken McLeod.
He has been the resident teacher of the Center for Visdom og Medfølelse in Copenhagen for many years and currently teaches meditation in Buddhist Centers around Europe. Read more about Stephan.
Camilla Sköld, PhD is a registered physiotherapist with a basic training in cognitive relational psychotherapy who is a certified teacher trainer from Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, US and a certified teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion from Center for MSC at UCSD, US. Founder of Center for Mindfulness Sweden and initiated the first academic course in Mindfulness-based approaches at the medical university, Karolinska Institutet. She has studied and practiced meditation for more than 20 years. Read more about Camilla.
About the venue
This is how Per Anders Fogelström describes the place.
Fjällgatan is today the most beautiful street in this city. An old-fashioned narrow street that stretches along the mountain edge, with retained cobblestones closest to the house walls and with lanterns that extend from the walls of the houses. Then the street suddenly opens up and gives a fantastic view of the city and the water.