Join us in the Swiss mountains…
Our retreats are about learning to develop and maintain an experience of the Divine in normal everyday life. They provide an opportunity and a space to step back and reflect on all aspects of living; from managing our physical health, our relationships and our professional responsibilities. It is also a rare opportunity to reflect on challenges such as illness and death.
Monks and nuns from the monastic community of Skanda Vale Ashram (in the UK) lead the retreats. They offer satsang (discourses about God), informal question and answer sessions (German translation is available throughout) and and introduction to spiritual practices like meditation, breathing excercise, etc.. No texts are used, and there is no premeditated plan – inspiration flows freely in relation to the issues and aspirations of those present. The retreats offer much room for worshipping the Divine. The three daily pujas are an important part of the retreats and harmoniously balance the satsang and the practice.
Retreats work on a multitude of different levels; sometimes when we discuss the practical (and sometimes very funny) aspects of everyday life, Grace infuses the room, untangling the pressures, fears and emotional knots we all carry. Freed from this unwanted baggage the attendees often leave feeling spiritually refreshed, focussed and with a renewed sense of purpose in their lives.
The retreats are very much enhanced by the stunning alpine location – a short walk in the mountain air can help balance and enhance the retreats experience. There are simple daily domestic chores such as cooking, cleaning and maintenance that everyone is welcome to participate in.
Watch and read some of the satsang held during the retreats.
Each year we hold six to seven monthly retreats at the ashram, from April to October. You can find the dates in our calendar.
The retreats are run through voluntary donations – all food is brought and prepared by devotees as offerings to the Divine.
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