Breaking Free of Habits
EAMBA retreat 2021

January 2-7, 2021 Hof Oberlethe (Germany)
with Martine Batchelor

Martine Batchelor

lived in Korea as a Zen nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France. Her latest works are the The Spirit of the Buddha, What is this? and The Definition, Practice and Psychology of Vedana. Recently she has been involved with the Silver Sante Study, teaching meditation, mindfulness and compassion to seniors in France to see if this could prevent ageing decline.

Join us at the start of the new year at the EAMBA retreat, with colleagues from different European countries. This silent mindfulness retreat offers an opportunity to meditate together, and to network and exchange on the closing day, building a community of mindfulness teachers and a new, secular tradition of mindfulness retreats.

This retreat can be followed live and online.

During this retreat Martine will look at the habits that bind us and stop our potential for wisdom and compassion manifesting fully. We will explore the meditative tools found in the insight tradition like mindfulness of the breath, sounds and feeling tones to show how we can engage creatively with our habits and transform them into positive functions.

Knowing how it Feels
In this retreat Martine would like to explore mindfulness of feeling tones (vedanas) in its multifaceted aspects; how it is impacted by contact through the senses and determined by perceptions. We will see how conditioned the experience of vedanas is and in turns how it influences our mood. We will also discover how mindfulness of feeling tones is connected with ethics and the four qualities of friendliness, compassion, joy and equanimity.  During this retreat we will also have the opportunity to examine the process of grasping and its amplifying/exaggerating effects and how meditation can help us to de-grasp and release our holding thus allowing for creative engagement and a creative response.

For whom?
This retreat welcomes mindfulnessteachers and those in training.
The retreat can be followed live in Germany, or online from home.

Dates & times
The retreat is from  Saturday January, 2 – Thursday January 7, 2021. Participants are welcome to arrive and register on January 2, from 16:00 hrs onwards. The retreat program starts at 17:00 hrs, ending with a lunch at 12:30 on January, 7.

Participation in the retreat costs E 210. This includes the teacher’s honorarium. After registration you will receive an invoice for this.

When you attend the retreat live in Germany, there are additional costs for accomodation. Please contact Hof Oberlethe directly to book your room. See contact details below. (NB: when attending the retreat live, it is not possible to stay in a different accomodation.)

E 385 p.p. in a double room with shared bathroom in corridor;
E 415 p.p. in a double room with own bathroom;
E  85 surcharge to prices above when staying in a single room;
E 285 p.p. staying in a cubicle upstairs in the meditation hall, bringing your own sleeping bag, pillow and towels.

Accomodation costs cover room, all food, tea and coffee during the whole retreat.

Hof Oberlethe has taken good care of the corona conditions and the meditation hall offers enough space to allow a ‘comfortable distance’ while sitting together.
PLEASE NOTE: at this moment (October 22) the maximum amount of participants for the live retreat has been reached. It is possible to sign up for the waitlist.
For the online retreat there is no limitation in the amount of participants.
Please note, however, that for online participation, previous retreat experience is recommended.



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



European Associations of Mindfulness-Based Approaches