All retreats are suitable for new as experienced meditators. Exceptions: 18.05, 18.08.3 (second half of Easter-Retreat), 18.14, 18.19.3 (Vipassana week) 18.25 (November-Retreat, if joining after the first week). Please consult the course descriptions.
Arrival and registration between 4 pm/5 pm – 7 pm on the first day of the retreat. Light dinner at 6:45 pm, official opening of the course the same night. The retreats end on the last day of the course after lunch and cleaning of the house at around 2 pm. Please consult also the course confirmation you will receive by e-mail or mail.
The course fee covers – even not completely! - room and board, travel expenses of the teachers, a modest salary for the house team as well as administrative expenditures and running costs of the center.
A lot of work is done on a voluntary, unpaid base.
According to the Buddhist tradition the teachings cannot be measured by material or monetary values. The teachers offer their guidance in the spirit of generosity without charging fees. To cover the cost of their livelihood and to ensure the continuation of their teaching activities, the teachers entirely depend on voluntary donations by the course participants at the end of retreats. Most of the teachers at our center live entirely on donations and have no other income.
People who cannot afford the course fees because of low or no income are welcome to apply for course fee reduction. Please contact the manager.
Pupils, trainees and students (after presenting a relevant confirmation) can participate in the courses on a donation basis i.e. they determine the course fee according to their financial possibilities. Exception: For the courses for young adults the minimum fee of CHF 50.-/€ 45.- applies to all participants.
The house has eleven 4-bed-rooms, one 3-bed-room, seven smaller rooms and one larger room with up to 8 beds, one wheelchair accessible room with attached bathroom (please contact the center about its availability and suitability). Rooms are assigned by the manager.
Men and women – and couples – are accommodated separately.
We serve vegetarian meals, including dairy food an eggs, using mostly organic products. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to provide special diets. However basic leight food such as rice, crackers and soya milk is available.
Personal sitting cushion or -bench (cushions, sitting mats and chairs are available), shawl for sitting meditation, house-shoes, comfortable as well as warm clothing for cold weather (at 1250 m it can be cold in summer too), rain-coat/umbrella, waterproof shoes for outdoor walking meditation, towel, personal toiletries, torch, wrist watch. Bedding is provided.
The center cannot accommodate pets.