The extra time we can have in the summer months gives us an opportunity to deepen our Mindfulness practice. It is a good idea to consider doing a short retreat or workshop to help you apply the ideas and practice more fully to your everyday life. Although we do not have too many possibilities as English speakers in this part of the world, there are a number of events occuring this Summer which you may like to consider.
As I have mentioned before, we are extremely fortunate that James Baraz, one of the best-known meditation teachers in the U.S., is coming to give his Awakening Joy Workshop over 4 days from August 4 – 7. This excellent interactive workshop is a gentle way to deepen your practice as it is not as intensive as some of the other possibilities which are usually run in complete silence. It will be held in the lovely setting of the Kientalerhof Centre in the Bernese Oberland. You can download the flyer here: Awakening Joy Flyer 8 April upload
It is always good to keep an eye on the website for the Meditation Centre in Beatenberg. I see there are still places available for the 8 day Vipassana (Insight) meditation retreat, starting on August 13th. However, this is only open to meditators who have already some experience in silent retreats.
A bit further afield, some people who have completed the MBSR Course in Geneva have attended retreats in Gaia house in England. You can find a link to their website on the right hand side of this page. They offer a number of weekend or longer weekday retreats, all in silence. For example, there is a short retreat entitled “Living With Illness” from Monday 22nd August to Wednesday 24th August, which may be of interest to those dealing with illness or working with those close to death.
I will post more details of other possibilities as they come to my notice.