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8 Day Clear Vision Vipassana Meditation Retreat in Hessisch Lichtenau, Near Kassel
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Vipassana Meditation Retreat in Germany

Vipassana is a profound experience that allows deep understanding, liberation from misconceptions, the release of suffering and awakening to your true nature. The retreat takes place under conditions that allow silence and solitude, so that everyone can meet their selves without external interference. During the retreat personal guidance are given to each participant, individual meetings will be held every day with the teacher. ​The retreat is based on the teaching of the great Burmese Vipassana teacher Mahasi Sayadow and the great Thai teacher Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo. The retreat is a personal process and therefore suitable for beginners and experienced.

Meet the instructors

Anat
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Highlights

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Green nature surroundings
  • The program is suitable for all levels
  • Experience present moment with a continuous awareness
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily vegan meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Hebrew
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:30
Check-out Time:
13:30

The Gaia House is a retreat center for yoga and wellness, located in the vicinity of a natural forest, which resides in the “Werra Meissner Nature Reserve". This area is surrounded by lush forests, flowing rivers, mountains, lakes, and small villages. It is well known for its hiking, cycling and canoe activities.

Gaia has 11 guest rooms, suitable for up to 20 guests, a vegetarian kitchen, a large and bright dining room, yoga studio, meeting and home areas, a trampoline, a children's playroom, and a sauna area.

The house is hosting all-year yoga and wellness retreats, as well as self-awareness, movement, and creative seminars.

Program

What Vipassana means

Seeing clearly, seeing through, in a special way, introspection, intuitive wisdom, and intuitive knowledge.

Vipassana is often translated as insight.

​In a Vipassana retreat, the meditator is experiencing the present moment with a continuous awareness, developing intuitive wisdom, revealing the truths of existence, and untangling the fetters of ignorance.

The Vipassana retreat is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Four Satipatthana) of the Theravada Buddhist tradition:

  • ​Mindfulness of the body
  • Mindfulness of feelings
  • Mindfulness of the mind
  • Mindfulness of the mind objects

Sample daily schedule

Arriving day

  • 12:30 - 14:30 Check-in + light snack
  • 14:30 - 17:30 Opening session + meditation
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Tea break
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Meditation
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dharma talk + meditation
  • 21:00 Good night

Days 2 to 6

  • 04:00 - 04:30 Wake up
  • 04:30 - 06:00 Meditation
  • 06:00 - 07:00 Breakfast
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Meditation
  • 08:00 - 11:30 Meditation
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Meditation
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 14;30 Resting time
  • 14:30 - 17:30 Meditation
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Tea Break
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Meditation
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Dharma talk + meditation
  • 21:00 Good night

Last day

  • 04:00 - 04:30 Wake up
  • 04:30 - 06:00 Meditation
  • 06:00 - 07:00 Breakfast
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Meditation
  • 08:00 - 11:00 Meditation - personal practice
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Meditation + closing session
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Goodbye light lunch

Included excursions

Depending on the weather, you will go hiking in the beautiful Werra Meissner natural reserve.

Instructors

Anat Zahor (Zachor)

Location

This retreat takes place in the heart of Germany, 25 kilometers east of Kassel.

Food

The food in Gaia is an exceptional experience and a real celebration. It combines Mediterranean flavors with healthy nutrition and passionate cooking, made with lots of love and attention. Gluten-free, lactose-free, and other food sensitivities are welcome in Gaia and get suitable attention. During the retreat, you will be provided with two vegan meals a day to support your physical activity. No one stays hungry with Gaia Retreat House.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Bedding + 2 towels per person
  • 2 vegan meals a day
  • All retreat sessions and classes
  • Tea and refreshments all-day
  • Free parking
  • V.A.T tax

What's not included

  • Arrival and departure
  • Personal and leisure expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by train

ICE. Direction: Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe.

Then, take the STR4 tram at the platform outside of the station.

For STR4, the direction is Bürgerhaus, Hessisch Lichtenau.

Get off at Bürgerhaus station - Takes 1.08 hours.

For BUS 200, the direction is Stadtbahnhof, Eschwege.

Get off at Küchen station, then walk 10 minutes.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.
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