Netherlands November Retreat

Hello there 🙂

 

We are very glad to have you on board for the Netherlands November Retreat, which will take place on Friday Nov 12 to Monday Nov 15. This page will provide you with all the information needed for the retreat, and we recommend thoroughly reading through it in order to have a smoother experience.

Contents

1. General information

          1.1 Retreat type

          1.2 Telegram Group

          1.3 Waiting list for retreat

 

2. Logistics, Lodging and Costs

          2.1 Location

          2.2 Food & Lodging Costs

          2.3 Arranging Transport

          2.4 Timing for Arrival and departure

          2.5 What to bring with you

          2.6 What to leave at home

 

3. Preparing for the Retreat

          3.1 Course: Insight into the Awakened Mind

          3.2 3-day retreat booklet

          3.3 Guided Meditations by Delson & Syl

          3.4 Dhamma talks on Youtube

       

4. During the Retreat

          4.1 Friday night – Setting and Noble Silence

          4.2 Saturday and Sunday Schedule

          4.3 Food & Drinks

          4.4 Interviews with Delson

1. General Information

   

1.1 Retreat type

Based on the suttas from the Pali Canon, this is a Shamatha-Vipassana retreat using loving-kindness (mettā) as an object of meditation as taught by Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (TWIM) and Delson Armstrong. The [tranquil aware] jhānas will act as the signpost on the path to wisdom and insight 🙂

 

Material for the retreat (and prior to it) can be found in the sections below. We encourage both beginners and seasoned meditators to go through this material prior to the retreat.

1.2 Telegram Group

If possible, please do connect to our telegram group made for this retreat:

Netherlands Retreat 2021” (https://t.me/joinchat/EOqIP7fYDOA2OWFh)  // or send an email with your phone number to retreats.suttavada@gmail.com and we will add you.

It is important that we are able to connect and coordinate before the retreat in order to arrange for transportation, discuss food, etc. It will also be a good opportunity to discuss about practice before and after the retreat 🙂 .

1.3 Waiting list for retreat

We are very glad to say that the retreat is now fully booked. There is currently one participant in waiting list, so, if you will not able to make it, or unsure you will be able to attend, please let us know at retreats.suttavada@gmail.com or use the cancellation link in the email so that more space is free for other participants 🙂

2. Logistics, Lodging and Costs

    

2.1 Location

We will be staying in an old Dutch farmhouse, Leeuwendaal, located 20 km north of Amsterdam. It is a peaceful location in the middle of the Dutch countryside. And yes, there are cows around to send loving-kindness to .  We will have our own breakfast/lunch place, a separate dhamma hall, and 10 bedrooms. There are also opportunities to sleep in nostalgic box beds. At arrival, you will be assigned a room (same sexe, no couples) and we aim to cater for the people who indicated reasons for a single room.

There is plenty of space outside for walking meditation, watching the farm life and for getting fresh air.

Address: Oosterweg E 16, 1481 AN Purmer, Nederlands

https://boerderijleeuwendaal.nl/en/

2.2 Food & Lodging Costs

So far, we have 5 contributions that donated €1300 for the costs of food and lodging. Total food & lodging cost for the retreat is approx. €4500, and we will need to pay for this prior to the retreat start. So, we would really appreciate if you can contribute what is possible within your budget.

 

For reference, direct costs per participant are estimated at 225 euro per person, with teacher transportation and lodging costs catered for. We would like to ask you to contribute to the costs prior to the retreat.

 

Should this amount prohibit you from participating, feel free to make a donation which does fit your budget. And if you are in a position to donate more, you’re welcome to do so. Any money left will be used for making future retreats possible.

 

It is our ambition to provide retreats fully based on Dāna, both for the lodging/food, as well as for the teacher. This way, retreat participants enable future meditators to join a physical retreat. However, we are not there yet

 

We warmly welcome monastics (of any Buddhist (or other religion) lineage) to join. Suttavāda Foundation is happy to pay for their travel and accommodation costs, and any other expenses which may arise. 

2.3 Arranging Transport

By plane/public transport: take the train to Amsterdam Central station (runs every 10 minutes from Schiphol Airport). Then follow public transportation, shown here: From Amsterdam Central Station, take bus 314 to Edam, which runs every 15 minutes. It is 8 stops to Purmer, where you get off. Now it is a 30 minutes’ walk to the location, or 5 minutes by car.

At this point, we would ask you again to please join our Telegram group (https://t.me/joinchat/EOqIP7fYDOA2OWFh), so we can arrange easy pick-up from the bus stop by car.

By car: Location is about 30 km north of Amsterdam, and if you’re arriving by car, you can use your navigation system. If you have a car and are inclined to help, arranging for participant pick-up would be of tremendous help 🙂

2.4 Timing for Arrival and departure

We are welcome from Friday afternoon, check-in between 14:00 and 16:00. Please let us know if you plan to arrive earlier or later due to incoming flights. After settling in in our room, we will have a light soup together at 17:00 and the opening Dhamma talk is scheduled at 18:00.  The retreat ends Monday morning 10:00 after breakfast, morning meditation and a short Dhamma talk.

2.5 What to bring with you 

Bed linens and blankets are provided by the location. You may want to bring your own pillow if desired. Please do bring your own towels.

Please note: the average November temperature in the Netherlands is approximately 7° C / 45 F and rain is common.

Clothes

  • Comfortable T-shirts (long sleeved) and 1 or 2 warm jumpers
  • 2 x warm and loose pants to wear when meditating
  • socks for each day
  • A soft shawl for the meditation room
  • Comfortable shoes for wearing outside / slippers inside

Other Essentials

  • towels
  • toiletries – just the absolute basics. We prefer unscented items
  • any medications you need (and supplements)
  • notebook and pen
  • small alarm clock
  • torch & water bottle

This is it.

2.6 What to leave at home

Do not bring valuables, nonprescription drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. Do not bring food, unless you have made prior arrangements with the retreat manager for the accommodation of medically required special dietary needs. Please do not bring books, make up, hair products, jewelry, or nice clothes. Let’s keep it to simple, comfortable essentials.

4. During the Retreat

    

4.1 Friday night – Setting and Noble Silence

Starting the Friday opening Dhamma talk, we will respect Noble Silence and follow the schedule below for the Saturday and Sunday until Monday morning. Noble Silence ends Monday at the start of breakfast.

4.2 Saturday and Sunday Schedule

5:30                 Wake up

6:00                 Taking Precepts (see below)

6:15                 Morning meditation (sitting and walking)

7:30                 Breakfast

Morning          Meditation & Individual Interviews

12:00               Lunch

13:00                Rest

Afternoon       Meditation & Individual Interviews

17:30               Tea

18:00                Dhamma Talk & Discussion

Followed by   Meditation

22:00               Rest or personal practice

Small Mindful tasks

There are a couple of small tasks we will need to do. This includes setting up breakfast tables and cleaning up. Upon arrival we will check how to best distribute the tasks. Please continue to practice your mindfulness during your activity, and have a smile on your face 

Noble Silence and Emergency

Please adhere to Noble Silence during the retreat. We suggest informing your home front you will not be available, and you are encouraged to hand-in your communication devices at the start of the retreat. In case of emergencies, your home front can connect with the owners of the property here:  +31 (0) 6 53132446

Taking the precepts each morning

At 6:00 in the morning you are invited to participate in taking Refuges and the eight Precepts together (https://www.suttavada.foundation/eight-precepts/ ), followed by reading some verses of the Dhammapada together. This will be done in English and printed versions will be available. This is optional and you are welcome to attend.

Meditation cushions & chairs

Chairs are available in the dhamma hall. If you prefer a meditation cushion or blanket (or anything else), can you please bring it with you, as these are not available at the location. In case you have luggage restrictions, please let us know

4.3 Food & Drinks

We will have breakfast at 07:30 and lunch at 12:00. Tea, coffee, and water are available throughout the day, and 17:30 we will have tea and a small piece of (vegan) chocolate together. Please let us know:

  • if you have special dietary wishes. Plan is for healthy, nutritious breakfast and lunch, with an option for vegetarian and vegan
  • if you need to have food in the evening for medical reasons, we can plan accordingly together  

4.4 Interviews with Delson

Everyone will get an interview with Delson either in the morning between 09:00 and 11:30 or in the afternoon from 14:00 to 15:30. Interviews are expected to last approximately 10 minutes. The interview schedule will be made available at the beginning of the retreat.

5. Preparing for the Retreat

    

In the sections below are different ways one can prepare for the retreat. We would expect meditators to be acquanted with TWIM and 6R’s before the retreat. Even for more advanced meditators, we would advise going through the material, as it will prepare you for the retreat.

5.1 Course: Insights into the Awakened Mind

We encourage both beginners and advanced meditators to take part in Delson’s 10 day course

5.2 3-day Retreat Booklet

We encourage you to read the 3-day retreat booklet which is the basis for our retreat. It will have a lot of valuable information needed for a smooth experience.