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eamba Retreats

As mindfulness teachers, we are aware of the benefits of practicing in a collective context as during retreats. We can deepen our own mindfulness practice and gain personal insights that help us embody the practice when teaching.
Retreats offer an opportunity for us to refresh and nourish our passion for mindfulness practices and teaching, allowing us to return to our role with a renewed sense of purpose and inspiration. We can refine our teaching skills by observing how experienced retreat leaders guide participants, as well as through the feedback and guidance received during the retreat.
Moreover, eamba Retreats offer a unique opportunity to practice with a community of mindfulness teachers from different countries in and near Europe. to create or strengthen connections, experience the support of such a wider community, and network with other mindfulness professionals to foster a sense of belonging and shared intentions.

All eamba Retreats are offered on site and online.
Next retreats:

  • 20-25 September 2024 in France
  • 2-7 January 2025 in Germany.

UPCOMING eamba Retreat: 20-25 September 2024 in France, organised in close collaboration with AFEM – Association Française des Enseignants MBSR.
Avec gratitude aux collègues connectés au sein de l’AFEM. Lien vers la page web en Français.
Offerte bilinguement en français et en anglais: sur place et en ligne,

Offered in English and French: on site and online.
Guided by Gwénola Herbette PhD, assisted by Anna Li Vecchi.

* For reservations, ALL information to book is under
“+ eamba Retreat September 2024 France”.  See immediately here below.
Please notice that Ferme Fortia does not take reservations nor phone calls.

* If necessary, here is THE dedicated address to contact us retreat@eamba.net
Between the 24th of May – 4th of June we will not be able to answer emails.
Thank you for your patience.

  1. Retreat Teacher
  2. Dates / Times
  3. Location
  4. Venue
  5. Accommodation
  6. Retreat fees
  7. Retreat title & description
  8. Access the location
  9. Meditation cushion rental
  10. Cancellation policy
    contact: Retreat@eamba.net

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1. Retreat Teacher Gwénola Herbette
Gwénola Herbette has been teaching mindfulness in a secular context since 2008. Certified as an MBSR teacher and trainer by the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass CFM) where she was a trainee for several months, she pioneered MBSR in the French-speaking world. Today, at the Institut Pleine Conscience she founded she founded, she teaches, trains and supervises MBSR teachers. She also collaborates with universities in Belgium, Switzerland, France, the UK, the USA and Hong Kong.

Deeply curious about the human experience, Gwénola has devoted herself to the study of psychology. Doctor in psychology and psychotherapist, she then discovered the practice of mindfulness. She immersed herself in the practice and the study of the teachings of Buddhist psychology, which deeply touches her sensitivity. She deepens her own path through personal practice, multi-year study programmes, silent retreats and training as a retreat teacher which she completed with Bodhi College, under the ongoing supervision of Akincano Weber, Bob Stahl and Pascal Auclair. She has been involved in teaching retreats since 2015.
Dwelling in nature and the relationship with horses are also great sources of inspiration, joy and connection, which are essential in her life.


Assistant to the Retreat techer: Anna Li Vecchi
Anna Li Vecchi is a mindfulness-based teacher since 2017. She qualified to teach MBSR with Centre for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. After a period of training, supervision and a few years of teaching she certified as MBSR teacher with Mindfulness Center Brown University School of Public Health.
She founded Itaca Mindfulness with the intention of share, through the courses she offers and the blog that she manages, mindfulness as an accessible practice for meeting everyday life.
During the years she has deepen her knowledge  of mindfulness with several courses with a special interest on End-of life Care. She is passionate about studying and practicing the roots of the teaching of mindfulness. She has completed the two-year Committed Practitioner Program with Bodhi College.
She also works as facilitator in Hospice care in Treviso, Italy where she lives. She collaborates with the Italian Buddhist Association (Unione Buddhista Italiana) on the agenda dedicated to “the awareness of living and dying”.
She has completed a Master Degree in Narrative Medicine; and in fact she is passionate about the integration of mindfulness meditation practice and writing practice. In the past she worked in corporate in roles related to communication and corporate social responsibility.
She continues her practice, participating regularly in silent retreats, training, Dharma study groups and ongoing supervision with Bob Stahl and Martine Batchelor.

2. Dates / Times
From Friday September 20th (welcoming starts at 16h00, retreat starts at 18h00 with diner)
to Wednesday September 25th (ends at 14:00 with lunch included).
It is necessary to attend to the entire retreat.
Hybrid format: online and on site.

3. Location

Ferme Fortia at 26510 Montréal-les-Sources in Drôme Provençale, between Marseille, Lyon and Grenoble.

4. Venue

Immerse yourself in an intact nature for a 6-day 5-night mindfulness retreat in silence.
Ferme Fortia is located in the heart of the Baronnies Provençales Regional Nature Park. It is a confidential place, built with noble materials according to ancestral methods, where the delicate work of stone, wrought iron and wood are combined in pure Provencal style.
La Ferme Fortia welcomes guests in its charming gîtes and unusual accommodation (eco-lodges and tree houses), in the middle of a mountain inhabited by lavender, olive trees, oak trees, pine forests and silence.
Meals are taken in the Orangerie, with its panoramic terrace overlooking the magnificent valley of the Baronnies Provençales.

Meditation practice takes place in the unusual space of a riding arena with a vast wooden floor. In this semi-open space, we are both protected from the sun and in direct contact with nature, with the walls that open onto the valley and the setting sun. The Ferme’s gardens, with its secret corners, invite you to continue your meditation outside group time, early in the morning, early in the afternoon, in the evening…

A privileged setting in a protected nature, la Fortia Farm is the ideal place to settle down, return to simplicity and nurture an intimate relationship with the natural world around you and within you. The starlit nights, untouched by light pollution, offer moments of wonder and tranquility.

Meals: our chef Michel will prepare vegetarian meals using organic, local and seasonal products. Gluten-free and lactose-free meals are available on request in advance. If you have other allergies, you may bring food that you can keep in the fridge to supplement your meals (it will not be possible to cook on site).

5. Accommodation

Take a look to get a feeling of the atmosphere welcoming you.
If you choose to participate in person, please book your accommodation first, the number of beds is limited to 27 participants.
There are 6 types of accommodation, all with comfortable bedding. Please note that bed linen, towels and a hairdryer are provided.

  • 4 single rooms with private bathroom [650€ ] link to book  type 1
  • 2 single rooms with shared bathroom [625€] link to book  type 2
  • 12 double rooms* with private or shared bathroom [575€] link to book type 3
  • 5 single lodges with shared bathroom [475€] link to book type 4
  • 1 lodge for 3 persons with shared bathroom [399€] link to book type 5
  • 1 tree house with private bathroom (it’s at a +/- 200 m walk, but very comfortable, in nature) [690€] link to book type 6.

* Double rooms can be shared with a friend. Some single rooms have double beds that can be shared by a couple (in this case, please contact us).
eamba’s new platform for booking mentions “seats” for the accommodation. Rest assured – a BED is provided.

6. Retreat Fees
Participating on site: 299 euro.

Participating online: 299 euro.

REGISTER for Retreat on site
If you participate locally at Ferme Fortia, please book your accommodation first, as spaces are limited to 27 participants. (Please see no. 5. Accommodation).

REGISTER for Retreat online

7. Retreat title & description

‘Approaching reality, with balance and tenderness’
Together, stopping, simplifying, feeling, in the service of a sensitive heart and inner balance.
During this silent retreat, together, mindfulness will be our companion as we approach the human experience, developing greater intimacy with the senses, the mind and the heart. Accompanied by curiosity and tenderness, we will allow calm and balance to unfold, opening the way to greater clarity and inner freedom. We will use the “four foundations of mindfulness” to guide us in our practice. These essential teachings from Buddhist psychology also form the basis of mindfulness-based programs.
Dwelling in the noble silence, we will alternate between periods of sitting and walking meditation. This retreat will also include periods of instructions, talks and practice discussion in small groups with the teachers.
The environment will be particularly conducive to practice, in the midst of a vast, calm and generous nature, in the space of the mountains, in the heart of the elements, together.
Everyone is welcome on this retreat, whether you’re new to meditation or familiar with intensive silent meditation retreats, whether you’ll attend in person or online.
You will receive a certificate of participation, which classifies for the MBP Teacher training.

8. Access the location

Find the access information also online.

We have created a platform to organise car sharing, supporting you to organise traveling with colleagues.
Please share your requests and offers.

  • by car: Join the A7 Lyon-Marseille highway – Take the Montélimar Sud exit – Follow signs for Nyons – Once in Nyons, take the road to Gap (D94) – As you pass through the village of Sahune, turn right towards Montréal les Sources – At the fountain in Montréal les Sources, dont’ follow your GPS but follow the signs for “Ferme Fortia ».
  • by train: book your train ticket to « Nyons cave coopérative ». This will include a train ticket to Montélimar train station and a bus ticket to Nyons cave coopérative. 5 days before your trip, call the number 04 800 7000 to book a taxi to Montréal-les-Sources (5€, 30-minute drive). From there, you can walk to the Ferme Fortia (20-minute walk), or ask the taxi if he’s willing to drive you to the Ferme Fortia or let us know and someone will come to pick you up by car. Please know that the 5€ taxi service is possible only if you have a bus ticket to Nyons.
  • by train + rental car: book your train ticket to Montélimar and from there, you can rent a car at a company.
  • by plane: airports of Lyon or Marseille. Then train.

9. Meditation cushion rental is possible. Please bring 15 euro change to make things easy (it includes a meditation cushion and a meditation mat).

10. Cancellation policy
in the unfortunate event that you would not be able to attend, please be informed about the options for cancelling:

  • until July 5: 70% of reimbursement (retreat registration + accommodation)
  • July 6 to August 5: 50% of reimbursement (retreat registration + accommodation)
  • August 6 to September 5: 35% of reimbursement (retreat registration + accommodation)
  • from September 6: no reimbursement.

To contact eamba, please email to retreat@eamba.net


2-7 January 2025 eamba Retreat in Germany, guided by Nicole Baden Roshi.

Hybrid in silence retreat with Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi

“Awakening Body, Speech, and Mind”

Zen Practice helps us to notice ‘what we already are’. And ‘what we already are’ is connected to ‘what we want to be’ in the deepest sense. The craft then is to open up those connections. Zentatsu Baker Roshi

Body, Speech, and Mind are three aspects of our existence.

From a Buddhist perspective, we can subsume all of our existence into these three categories. Buddhist practice is to open the depth and subtleties of each of these three. In this retreat we will experientially explore what the body is, what speech really is, and what the mind is. We will explore what ‘awakening’ each of these categories may mean.

The retreat schedule contains daily lecture, body movements, walking meditation and still seated meditation practice, also, small groups and inquiries if one wishes.

It`s mainly a in silence-retreat.

About the teacher
Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi (*1981) is the Dharma Successor of Zentatsu Baker Roshi in the Dharma Sangha Soto Zen Lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”. The Dharma Sangha is an international non-for-profit organization founded by Zentatsu Baker Roshi.

Nicole is the Vice Abbot and Head Teacher of the two Dharma Sangha Practice Centers, the Zen Buddhistisches Zentrum Schwarzwald in the Black Forest, Germany and the Crestone Mountain Zen Center, in Colorado, USA. She began practicing Zen in 2001 and has been living in monastic contexts since 2009, either at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center or at the Zen Buddhistisches Zentrum Schwarzwald.

She holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Oldenburg. In 2007, she also graduated from the ‘School for Body Mind Centering©’, a method teaching bodily awareness and therapeutic applications. From 2013-2019 she was a member of the Council of the German Buddhist Union. More about Nicole.

RETREAT FACTS

Location:  Hof Oberlethe, Wardenburgerstr. 24, 26203 Wardenburg (near Bremen) Germany.
Please book your accommodation directly with Oberlethe.
www.hof-oberlethe.de
+49 4407 6840 Main office hours: Mon -Fri 09.00 – 13.00
E-mail: info@hof-oberlethe.de

Accommodation:
495,00 per person in a double room with bathroom next door, single occupancy 620,00
530,00 per person in a double room with private bathroom, single occupancy 640,00
355,00 per person in a group dormitory dormitory/in niches, separated by curtains, on the gallery above the meditation hall, bringing your own bedding sleeping bag/ towels/pillows

Food
All food is vegetarian, as much as possible it is organic.
Please communicate food intolerances or any other kind of special dietary needs directly to Hof Oberlethe (see above).

REGISTER for Retreat ON SITE: Retreat Fee on site: 650€.

REGISTER for Retreat ONLINE: Retreat Fee online: 650€.

Contact: retreat@eamba.net

Donations
It is eamba’s intention to make eamba Retreats possible for all teachers.
You are welcome to support colleagues by paying something extra when transferring the fee on the invoice for the retreat. Thank you for your solidarity and generosity.

DONATIONS WELCOME

For an impression of the retreat teacher Nicole Baden Roshi guiding the eamba Retreat in January 2024 watch this video.

A first impression from the eamba Retreat in January 2024

Zen meets MBSR – joined in mindfulness, stillness and awareness.

This retreat was an exceptional journey – for the first time Zen Practitioners from the Dharma Sangha practiced together with 20 online eamba-participants and 30 onsite participants.

For an extract from the 2-7 eamba retreat, see the video on YouTube with the teacher speaking, Nicole Baden Roshi.

The retreat was guided by Nicole Baden Roshi.

What an intercultural meeting: we came from “all over the planet”: Belgium, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Sweden, and USA.

Every situation was “our situation”, we made use of the space, which we – Nicole and the eamba retreat team and the participants, plus the venue – provided.

We shifted from silence into stillness.

We moved from consciousness over to awareness and into the intimacy of vastness.

We altogether became a body of awareness, supporting each other in our love for truth.

Thanks to existence and everyone, that made this unforgettable journey possible!

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Tatini from the eamba retreat team.

Change Changes Changing – A Path of Attentional Bodifulness

The fruits of meditation and mindfulness practice are well studied: We may feel a deeper sense of connectedness, stillness and inner peace, an increased sense of aliveness, clarity, vitality, and happiness – to just name a few.

In this retreat we will use our somatic familiarity with the feel of practice to explore the worldviews, we could say‚ the soil‘, within which these practices take root, grow, and evolve most fully. The fundamental assumption of the Yogic World is that everything changes. Everyone knows this is true! But the depth and consequentiality of this simple fact is usually not experienced. We say, ‘Change changes changing‘, and Buddhist practices can be viewed as the response to the truth of change.

It is from ‘knowing change‘ not ‘knowing about‘, but rather ‘knowing as and with and through‘ change that we can open our bodily minds and ‘minded bodies’ into a radically different sense of world:

  • A world based on attentionality, not conceptuality
  • A world of relationality, not reality
  • A world of interindependence, not separation and connectedness
  • A world in which our reference point is aliveness, not self

We will explore each of these aspects as perspectival shifts, turning points or gates to immerse ourselves into the experience of the ‘Yogic World‘.

Zen practice is primarily based on Buddhist Yogachara teachings. Yogachara means ‘yoga practice’, but the ‘yoga’ of Yogachara is not simply what is meant nowadays in the West by the word ‘yoga’. The ‘yoga practice’ of Zen means the whole of one’s life is a practice of embodying ‘things as they are’, locating yourself in things as they are: as sensorium, as mind, as changing, as interdependent, as other, and as indeterminate. This is the yogic view of Zen and it is a part of the yogic culture of East Asia and India.  

The fundamental assumption of yogic culture is that all mental phenomena have a physical component and that all sentient physical phenomena have a mental component. There is no human mind without a body and no alive human body without a mind. It is not that there is a body and a mind, there is a bodymind and a mindbody – otherwise there could be no relationship. Thus, all teachings and practices are both physical and mental.

Zentatsu Baker Roshi in “Yogic Culture“

About the teacher

Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi (*1981) is the Dharma Successor of Zentatsu Baker Roshi in the Dharma Sangha Soto Zen Lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”. The Dharma Sangha is an international non-for-profit organization founded by Zentatsu Baker Roshi.

Nicole is the Vice Abbot and Head Teacher of the two Dharma Sangha Practice Centers, the Zen Buddhistisches Zentrum Schwarzwald in the Black Forest, Germany and the Crestone Mountain Zen Center, in Colorado, USA. She began practicing Zen in 2001 and has been living in monastic contexts since 2009, either at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center or at the Zen Buddhistisches Zentrum Schwarzwald.

She holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Oldenburg. In 2007, she also graduated from the ‘School for Body Mind Centering©’, a method teaching bodily awareness and therapeutic applications. From 2013-2019 she was a member of the Council of the German Buddhist Union.

To find out more about Nicole.

Schedule

The first day Monday January 2 arrival and registration from 11 am and lunch starts at 1 pm. Our program starts at 2:30 pm and continues until 9 pm with dinner between 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

The last day January 7 will end with lunch between 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

Tentative schedule during day 3-6
6:30 am        Wake-up
7:00              Mindful movement
8:00              Breakfast
9:30              Morning session
12:30            Lunch and rest
2:30 pm        Mindful movement
3:00              Afternoon session
4:30              Tea
4:45              Afternoon session cont.
6:00              Dinner
7:30              Evening session
9:00              Rest

Retreat Facts

For all requests and clarification please send an email to the Retreat working group at retreat@eamba.net

For whom?
This retreat welcomes mindfulness teachers and those in training.
Offered in English.

Date & Time
This five-day hybrid silent retreat is from January, 2 until January 7, 2024.
The program starts on January 2 at 13:00 hrs with lunch, check in from 11:00 hrs, and ends on January 7 at 12:30 hrs.

Retreat fee
240 €, this includes the teacher’s honorarium.
If you pay from an account in a valuta other than EURO, please ensure to add the bank costs of 10€ – 20€ depending on your bank.

Donations are welcome to offer generosity in providing a range of options for participants with limited means.
Contact retreat@eamba.net to be eligible for a lower fee.

Location
The retreat is offered on location and online.

Address
Hof Oberlethe
Bildungs-und Besinnungsstätte
Wardenburgerstraße 14
26203 Wardenburg
Germany
Phone: +49 4407 6840
Fax: +49 4407 5480
E-Mail: info@hof-oberlethe.de
Website: www.hof-oberlethe.de

Accommodation
Please that you need to book your accommodation directly with Hof Oberlethe.

The venue offers three price categories  (indicative, for exact numbers please check with Hof Oberlethe).

  • 478 € per person for double room with bathroom next door – single occupancy 588 €
  • 513 € per person for double room with private bathroom – single occupancy 623 €
  • 358 € per person in joint dormitory/in niches, separated by curtains, on the gallery above the meditation hall, bringing your own bedding sleeping bag/ towels/pillows
  • 318 € for participants staying outside the yard. (Except in the Lethe Hof)

Food
All food is vegetarian, as much as possible it is organic.
Please communicate food intolerances or any other kind of special dietary needs directly to Hof Oberlethe.

Donation
It is our intention to make eamba Retreats possible for all teachers.
You are welcome to support colleagues by paying something extra when transferring the fee on the invoice for the retreat.
Thank you for your solidarity and generosity.

eamba Retreats offer a unique opportunity to practice with the community of mindfulness teachers from different countries in and near Europe. The 2023 eamba Retreat will be the 10th annual retreat and it has grown to be a place that many teachers return to every year, as they find it supportive to sit with other colleagues and deepen and refresh their practice. You might want to mark your agenda for 2-7 January 2024.

Retreat Theme: Dimensions of Trust

  • What can we trust in?
  • What sustains our practice in times like these?
  • When many of our known reference points are less and less reliable?

The experience of existential crises was also faced by Prince Siddhartha. In particular, the realisation of change and inexorable impermanence deeply troubled him. This was the starting point for his profound spiritual journey and as Buddha Shakyamuni, he later helped many people who were also going through upheavals, losses, and emotional challenges.

Crises sometimes demand great courage from us – and they can open the mind to deep trust. In Buddhism, trust (Pali: saddha) is central to all Dharma practice and mind training. This retreat is a special opportunity to rediscover and deepen this timeless quality.

earmba retreat Tineke Osterloh

Tineke Osterloh has been teaching Buddhism and Insight meditation for more than 25 years in Europe, India, and South Africa.
More Information: www.tinekeosterloh.com

Retreat Facts

For all requests and clarification please send an email to the Retreat working group at retreat@eamba.net

For whom?
This retreat welcomes mindfulness teachers and those in training.
Offered in English.

Date & Time
This five-day silent retreat is from January, 2 until January 7, 2023.
The program starts on January 2 at 16:00 hrs, and ends on January 7 at 12:30 hrs.

Location
Hof Oberlethe in Germany.

Fee

  1. Retreat fee
    The fee for this retreat is 210 €. This includes the teacher’s  honorarium.
  2. Accomodation costs (only for participation in Germany)
    Additional costs for accommodation and food (all food is vegetarian. As much as possible, also organic).
    The venue may also take possible food intolerances or any other kind of special diet into account.

Address
Hof Oberlethe
Bildungs-und Besinnungsstätte
Wardenburgerstraße 14
26203 Wardenburg
Germany
Phone: +49 (4407) 68 40
Fax: +49 (4407) 54 80
E-Mail: info@hof-oberlethe.de
Website: www.hof-oberlethe.de

Accommodation
Please note that you need to book your accommodation directly with Hof Oberlethe

The venue offers three different price categories – indicative, for exact numbers please check with Hof Oberlethe:

  • 390 € per person for double room with bathroom in the corridor
  • 420 € per person for double room with private bathroom
  • 85 € surcharge for single occupancy
  • 285 € per person in joint dormitory/in niches, separated by curtains, on the gallery above the meditation hall, bringing your own bedding (sleeping bag)/ towels/pillows

Donation
It is our intention to make eamba Retreats possible for many teachers.
If you like to support other colleagues to participate, you are very welcome to pay something extra when transferring the fee on the invoice for the retreat.
Thank you for your solidarity!

Retreats organised by eamba Associations locally can be added to the eamba calendar.
To have your retreat supported by eamba you can mail to info@eamba.net.

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It is eamba’s intention to make eamba Retreats possible for all teachers.
You are welcome to support colleagues by paying something extra when transferring the fee on the invoice for the retreat.
Thank you for your solidarity and generosity.

RETREAT FACTS

Upcoming retreat in France:
20-25 in September 2024.

Location: 26510 Montréal-les-Sources in Drôme Provençale, Ferme Fortia.
Located between Marseille, Lyon and Grenoble.

Accommodation:
If you choose to participate in person,
please book your accommodation first.
All details are under “+” of
“eamba Retreat September 2024 France”.
Please turn to the left of this webpage and CLICK on
“+ eamba Retreat September 2024 France”
It will open to display all details about the retreat.
Under no. 5 ACCOMMODATION all types of accommodation are described.
You can simply click to choose your preference to book and pay directly.
It’s a one-stop process for all booking and payments, everything in this one place.

REGISTER for Retreat on site

Retreat Fee on site: 299€.

REGISTER for Retreat online

Retreat Fee online: 299€.

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Donations
It is eamba’s intention to make eamba Retreats possible for all teachers.
You are welcome to support colleagues by paying something extra when transferring the fee on the invoice for the retreat. Thank you for your solidarity and generosity.

Donations welcome