“The weekend was such an escape and a grounding experience. As someone who really enjoys meditation but finds it hard to self motivate to do it, having a group of like minded individuals and a wise teacher was exactly what I needed to progress my own practice. I have never meditated for so long in one day and before this weekend I didn’t know that I had the ability to! I really enjoyed the one on one interviews with Delson, they were very helpful. I left the retreat a lot more peaceful and happy and I hope to join again in the future.”
Previous weekend retreat participant
“I had a wonderful time at the retreat. I was very surprised with how easy and enjoyable the meditation technique was. I wanted to meditate more and more and it took me deeper and deeper. I was very surprised with the depth of my experience in such a short span of time. I loved how self directed it was, it allowed me to set boundaries for myself which now allows me to set boundaries in my daily life. As a first time silent retreat attendee, I was delighted with the exprience and hope to attend more in the future. I would whole heartedly recommend the retreat to my friends (and already have!).”
Previous weekend retreat participant
This weekend meditation retreat is an introduction to Metta Vipassana or TWIM (Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation). Based on the Noble Eightfold Path as taught by the Buddha and stemming from the earliest Buddhist texts, this meditation enables you to gain swift progress through the jhanas, which are deep levels of awareness and understanding. Using persistent Right Effort or Effective Application through this practice, you can develop mindfulness and cultivate joy that leads to Awakening (Nibbana or Nirvana).
Weekend retreats are a wonderful way for you to become acquainted with the practice of meditation following the early Buddhist teachings and also a good opportunity for deepening your practice by having direct access to an experienced teacher.
These weekend retreats are silent residential retreats conducted by Delson Armstrong, an experienced teacher in TWIM, who is known to easily guide students to the most sublime stages of progress. Most Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi Mahathera specifically asked Delson to start teaching this practice.
There is a weekly Dhamma talk with Delson, playlist can be found here
There are also shorter audio excepts on Nibbana, attainments and dependent origination here
By attending this retreat, you will have one-on-one access with the teacher who will fine-tune your practice and provide you with the insights for further progress. Consider it a time for the body, mind, and heart to find rest and relaxation through which you will gain wisdom. During retreat, participants will be following a simple schedule of two meals a day, sitting meditation, walking meditation, private interviews with the teacher, and discourses in the evening.
For all retreats – Light dinner will be served at 19:00, and opening Dhamma talk starts at 20:00 on Friday, you’re welcome to check-in starting 14:00
Retreat is scheduled for November 6, November 13, November 20 and November 27
Location: The Retreat will be at Villa Borann, a boutique hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Please refer to this page for photo impressions of different room types.
General Information for the retreats can be found here, and frequently asked questions and indicative daily schedule.
Villa Borann Double Large Room
Villa Borann Dining
Villa Borann Courtyard
Prices: Retreats are offered for free. We fully rely on dana to offer these retreats. There is opportunity to provide dana at the end of the retreat to the teacher and to the foundation using the dana paypal option or using a bank transfer to ABA bank.
Lodging will include full board (including breakfast and lunch). There are two room types available (single occupancy and double occupancy). In your registration please indicate a potential reason for a single room. Room allocation will be done by the organizers.