Weekend Retreat in English (October)
Friday 29 September 2023 – Tuesday 3 October 2023 at Strodehne, Brandenburg
A retreat is a precious opportunity for practice. We'll be meditating in the calm surroundings of Strodehne an der Havel and delve deep into the Buddha's teaching through inputs, groups, meditation and ritual. Especially suitable if you have been to our centre before.
The retreat starts on the first evening at 6pm and finishes on the last day around 2pm.
If the retreat is fully booked, you can put your name on the waiting list. You can do this by clicking on "Book now" below and then on "Add to waiting list". You will then be notified as soon as a place becomes available and you need to register via the link in the email.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a Buddhist?
Although our retreats are led by Buddhists and we are clearly guided by Buddhist teachings, you do not need to be a Buddhist to come on or benefit from our retreats.
What is included in the retreat fee?
The retreat fee includes the entire retreat programme, including food and accommodation. You only need to organise your own travel. Cooking and cleaning up will be done by the retreat participants.
Why is the retreat fee so low?
We want you to be able to be on retreat regardless of your financial means. Donations beyond the retreat fee are very welcome, as voluntary donations are an essential aspect of our community.
What does the accommodation look like?
In Strodehne there are simple shared rooms. Living and practising in community is an important part of our retreats. There are usually 2 to 4 people sharing a room, with male and female rooms and on request also gender-diverse rooms.
Do I need previous experience?
As this is a beginner's retreat, you do not need any prior knowledge of our meditation forms. There will be an introduction to our two meditations (Mindfulness of the Breath and Metta Bhavana) if required. This is worthwhile even if you have already been introduced to one of these meditations with a different group.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please be sure to bring bed linen, towels and slippers! These items are not available in the house and cannot be borrowed. We also recommend that you bring paper and pens so that you can take notes during the retreat. Otherwise, please bring comfortable clothes for meditation and sturdy shoes, as well as weather-appropriate clothing for walks. If you would like to use your own meditation equipment, you can bring that too. Otherwise, there are plenty of cushions, mats, blankets and stools available.
Can I get a single room?
In order to accommodate as many people as possible and to create a communal atmosphere, we are very reluctant to allocate single rooms. If you have special needs that would otherwise prevent you from attending the retreat, please contact the retreat leader.
How To Get Here
From Berlin, drive straight ahead along Heerstraße (17. Juni) until you reach the B5. Drive on the B5 to Friesack and turn off there in the direction of Rhinow. In Rhinow turn right towards "Fähre Strodehne". Immediately before the church and the cemetery in the centre of the village, turn right into the courtyard of the retreat centre.
From Berlin Hbf with the RE4 to Rathenow, from there with bus 684 to Rhinow Grundschule and then with bus 688 to Strodehne Wendestelle. Unfortunately, the last bus does not run during the Brandenburg school holidays.