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14 Days Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation Retreat in Austria

Alpen Retreat, Fernpass 483, 6465 Nassereith, Austria

Silent Meditation Retreat Austria

Vipassana is often translated as insight. The Vipassana meditation technique in the courses is passed on in the same way as it is traditionally practised in the temples in Northern Thailand under the guidance of the venerable Ajahn Tong. It is an intensive form of the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition with walking and sitting meditations. So come enjoy this retreat and find yourself leaving relaxed and reinvigorated!

Meet the instructors

Martin
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Highlights

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Personal guiding check-ins
  • Take a step back from your hectic life
  • Daily breakfasts, lunch, and afternoon snacks
  • Water and tea available all day
  • 13 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


14 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

The accommodation options are on shared double and private room occupancy basis.

Program

You have no one else to look after, you do not have to think about or plan anything while you are on this retreat. Take this opportunity to be away from the demands of your busy and complicated lifestyle. Delve deeper into your meditation practice and leave feeling not only totally rested and peaceful but also inspired to make meditation a part of your daily life.

Part of the retreat is a daily reporting time that the teacher holds with each student individually to help them in the process. A confessional binding to Buddhism is neither presumed nor expected.

During the course participants are asked to adhere to the eight Buddhists precepts:

  • To abstain from killing any living creature.
  • To abstain from taking what has not been given.
  • To abstain from any sexual activity.
  • To abstain from bad speech such as telling lies, gossiping, or bad language.
  • To abstain from taking intoxicants (drugs or alcohol).
  • To abstain from eating solid foods after 12 midday.
  • To abstain from sensual entertainment (dancing, singing, listening to music, entertainments, using perfumes, jewellery, etc).
  • To abstain from sleeping in high and luxurious beds.

The courses are conducted in noble silence.

Sample daily schedule

  • 04:00 Wake up followed by individual meditation
  • 06:30 Breakfast followed by individual meditation
  • 11:30 Lunch followed by individual meditation
  • 18:00 Soya milk drinks, yoghurt, and chocolate will be set out for you followed by individual meditation
  • 22:00 Bedtime

Instructors

Martin Pack

Location

Located on the Fernpass, a main pass through the Alps, the Alpen Retreat is situated on the Via Claudia Augusta, a historic Roman road utilized by countless travelers including Napoleon during his march into Italy. At 1200 meters in altitude, this 500 year old former manor house blends seamlessly into a mountain panorama of pine forests, jagged peaks, and crystal clear Alpine lakes.

Alpine Retreat on the Tirolean Fernpass is a 45-minute drive from the German border, 1 hour and 30 minutes from Italy, and 1 hour from Switzerland. It is also an hour's drive from Memmingen and Innsbruck Airports and 2 hours from Munich Airport. Bus connections from the surrounding cities lead directly to their doorstep. There are five train stations within a 30-minute drive, which are Garmisch Patenkirchen, Fuessen and Imst or Pitztal, Lermoos, and Ehrwald.

Food

Fresh, healthy, vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and snacks as per the buddhist tradition are included as part of the price

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Personal guiding check-ins
  • Water and tea available all day

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare

How to get there

Driving directions from Fernpassstrasse B179 (E532)

  • At the top of the Fernpass (Fernpasshöhe) there is a petrol station named Dolle.
  • Opposite of Dolle, on the other side of the street, is a roadside restaurant (Fernpaß Rast), a red building, and a big yellow building (the former Fernpass hotel).
  • Follow the small street between the restaurant and the yellow house for about 200m and you have reached the AlpenRetreat.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Innsbruck Airport (INN). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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