Vipassana Meditation Retreat: Lefkada Island, Greece. 19/05 – 02/06 (2 weeks)

Guidance by Martin Pack

About

Vipassana means to see clearly / beyond, to see the true nature of things as they really are. Our practice is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, training the mind to be aware of the present moment at all times, allowing us to overcome everyday difficulties we find in our daily life. The technique is being taught by teachers from Wat Chomtong. The technique has its roots in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition and has been developed by Ajarn Tong, the Abbott of Wat Chomtong near Chiang Mai. It is a practical technique enabling you to practice after the retreat and incorporate mindfulness in your daily life. It consists of a walking and sitting meditation. This course will take you through different stages of knowledge within the practice.

The ‘beginners’ course is 14 days. For those who have already done a ‘basic course’, follow-up retreats are 10 days only. In this course, we will accept participants with a minimum stay of 3 days up to 2 weeks.

 

Benefits of the practice

Overcoming many personal, mental and physical difficulties, like relationships, work-related stress, letting go of attachments etc. Constant practice develops insight allowing confidence, energy and effort, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom to arise, in order to help ourselves and others overcome difficulties enabling us to have more compassion for ourselves and others.

Your guide

Martin Pack has been meditating for more than 30 years. In the beginning of the century, he came across this particular form of Vipassana meditation that resulted as a life-changing experience. He subsequently spent years practicing in Northern Thailand often going straight from one retreat into another. Soon he was asked to assist in leading retreats by revered teacher Thanat in Chom Thong  in Thailand and Phra Ofer in Israel under the authority of the venerable Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo coming from the Mahasi lineage. In 2008 Martin was asked by his teacher to set up a Vipassana meditation centre in the mountainous region of Pai. His years of experience in leading retreats show especially during the ‘report times’ (private daily talks between the teacher and the retreat participants) where he helps the students through their challenges with his compassion, characteristic humour and deep understanding of the processes they are going through. During the last years, Martin has also organised and taught retreats in Northern Italy, England, Wales, Israel, France and Austria.

The Retreat

 

Accommodation & Food:

The different studios are in the heart of the mountain and can host up to 20 people in all locations. The houses are situated at Neochori Village, overlooking the Nydri Bay on the east coast of Lefkada Island, an absolute silent retreat house.

The menu is designed according the season, influenced by the macrobiotic nutrition approach and enriched with local, fresh products. Please visit our www.foodpath.gr catering services website, to get an idea on our mindfull, loving-made cuisine.

 

What to Bring:

Traditionally Vipassana is practiced in neutral clothing. You can bring some white clothing.
Also a countdown timer can be handy, as well as personal toiletries, soap etc.

Schedule 

4:00 am: Wake up > a gong sound will wake you up

Individual Meditation (sitting and walking, with breaks)

6:30 am: Breakfast

Individual Meditation(sitting and walking, with breaks)

11:30 am: Lunch

Individual Meditation (sitting and walking, with breaks)

6:00 pm:  Evening Snack (Soya milk drinks, yoghurt, chocolate)

Individual Meditation (sitting and walking, with breaks)

10:00pm: Bed Time

Workshop Costs:

Teacher Fee: Martin Pack – on Donation
According to Buddhist tradition, the teaching is paid on donation. It is much appreciated as the teacher’s work on a volunteer basis.

Accommodation & Food – on suggested Donation
In order to maintain the purity of the practice, the retreat is based on your donation. However, it is wise to inform you that for the venue & retreat to run smoothly, there are a lot of things to consider. Gas for the transportation of our teacher, cleaning products, linen, breakfast, lunch, dinner, extra refreshments, organic products, cushions, mat’s, advertising, electricity for the A/C and the heater at the meditation room and of course the main accommodation and different extra costs. Having this in mind, our suggested donation ranges from 350 to 650€. With your right intention and generosity we will be able to support and continue this unique technique for all of those that want to develop peace inside them and around them.

Payment and Registration:

Please fill the booking form on book now section to register your place.

A deposit of 100€ is necessary to be paid in advance to secure your seat at the course.

The deposit can be returned only if you have cancelled up to 30 days before the start of the course.

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Personal Info

Gender
malefemale

Arrival / Departure

Pickup possibility (Transport fees depend on the route and the people sharing)
No pickupPickup from Lefkada Bus StationHire Taxi from Athens International Airport

Accommodation Options

Single Bed / Shared RoomPrivate Room / Shared BathroomPrivate Room w/ Bathroom

Payment Options

Direct Bank TransferPaypal (additional charge: 3,8%)

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