Programme Calendar

With a chateau and farm buildings nestled among grand trees on peaceful cow-grazed meadows, with views over our lake and to a wide horizon, Dechen Chöling provides an ideal environment for meditation, yoga, retreats, and study. We are dedicated to hosting authentic lineage teachers whose teachings can have a positive impact on your well-being and personal development, and help create a kinder, saner world. We invite you to participate in our programmes, to schedule some time for your personal retreat and renewal, and to enjoy the serenity of this place.

Date: 29 April 2017 - 6 May 2017
With:
Acharya Mathias Pongracz

Open to all. Intended for mindfulness teachers or aspiring teachers of mindfulness, fulfilling the prerequisites for attending the MBSR professional training and continuous training. Taught in French...

Date: 6 May 2017 - 7 May 2017
With:
Ute Reinhart-La Haye

Weekend 4: with trust in basic goodness we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. Taught in French (translation available).

Date: 7 May 2017

Taught in French. Nyinthun is a one-day meditation programme, taking place at Dechen Chöling every first Sunday of the month. It will be taught in French. You'll find more details in the French...

Date: 8 May 2017 - 14 May 2017
With:
Irini Rockwell

Discovering natural brilliance in the darkness of your confusion. The Five Wisdoms are key to emotional transformation. Taught in English. Open to all

Date: 24 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
With:
Susan Piver

One could say that the point of spiritual practice is to open one's heart. Join best-selling author and founder of the Open Heart Project, Susan Piver. Taught in English.

Date: 28 May 2017 - 3 June 2017
With:
Susan Piver

Relax your mind, enhance your creativity and meet our own voice...Join Susan Piver, bestselling author, on a retreat set in the inspiring tranquility of the French country; Taught in English.

Date: 28 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
With:
Acharya Samten Kobelt

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the practice of qigong as presented by two distinct Taoist schools. Taught in English. Level 3 for advanced students.

Date: 30 May 2017 - 1 June 2017
With:
Acharya Samten Kobelt

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the practice of qigong as presented by two distinct Taoist schools. Level 4 for advanced students.Taught in English.

Date: 1 June 2017 - 3 June 2017
With:
Acharya Samten Kobelt

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the practice of qigong as presented by two distinct Taoist schools. Level 5 for advanced students. Taught in English.

Date: 4 June 2017

Taught in French. Nyinthun is a one-day meditation programme, taking place at Dechen Chöling every first Sunday of the month. It will be taught in French. You'll find more details in the French...

Date: 10 June 2017 - 11 June 2017
With:
Herb Elsky

In this weekend 5, we continue to expand our awareness, finding the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. Taught in French (translation availaible).

Date: 14 June 2017 - 25 June 2017
With:
Acharya Mathias Pongracz, Acharya Marianne Bots, Acharya David Hope

Meditation retreat for advanced students of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

Date: 25 June 2017 - 27 June 2017
With:
Acharya Mathias Pongracz

Program for students engaged in the Way of Shambhala. The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional confidence. Taught in French.

Date: 28 June 2017 - 9 July 2017
With:
Acharya David Schneider, Shastri Jane Hope

Program for students engaged in the Way of Shambhala, emphazing the intrinsic goodness of all beings and society and focusing on how we can create enlightened society.Taught in English.

Date: 2 July 2017

Taught in French. Nyinthun is a one-day meditation programme, taking place at Dechen Chöling every first Sunday of the month. It will be taught in French. You'll find more details in the French...

Date: 2 July 2017

Taught in French. Nyinthun is a one-day meditation programme, taking place at Dechen Chöling every first Sunday of the month. It will be taught in French. You'll find more details in the French...

Date: 2 July 2017 - 10 July 2017

With the inspiration to explore creating an enlightened society through setting up our own simple microcosm, a group of young inspired people gather at Dechen Chöling this summer for an outdoor...

Date: 15 July 2017 - 25 July 2017

Sun Camp is an outdoor, sleep-away Summer camp for children aged 10-16. It is a place to have fun, make friends and learn to take responsibility for oneself and one’s world in a gentle and playful...

Date: 15 July 2017 - 26 July 2017

For families, single parents, and children aged from 3-10. Activities for children are organized in the mornings, giving adults the opportunity to meditate, read or just relax. Taught in English.

Date: 15 July 2017 - 22 July 2017
With:
Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XXI

Instructor training for advanced Kyudo practitioners. The program will be lead by Onyumishi Kanjuro Shibata XXI, Sensei. Taught in English.

Date: 15 July 2017 - 26 July 2017
With:
Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XXI

Instructor training for Kyudo practitioners combining the advanced and public programs lead by Onyumishi Kanjuro Shibata XXI, Sensei. Taught in English.

Date: 19 July 2017 - 26 July 2017
With:
Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XXI

Kyudo is a living tradition of meditative archery. Learn and practice this powerful and highly refined contemplative art. Taught in English by Kanjuro Shibata XXI, Sensei.

Date: 31 July 2017 - 22 August 2017
With:
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Barbara Märtens

Sacred World Assembly is an advanced program for students to deepen their understanding of the Shambhala Vajrayana teachings. This Assembly authorizes students to begin their Shambhala Ngöndro, the...

Date: 6 August 2017

Taught in French. Nyinthun is a one-day meditation programme, taking place at Dechen Chöling every first Sunday of the month. It will be taught in French. You'll find more details in the French...

Date: 6 August 2017

Taught in French. Nyinthun is a one-day meditation programme, taking place at Dechen Chöling every first Sunday of the month. It will be taught in French. You'll find more details in the French...

Date: 13 August 2017 - 22 August 2017
With:
Acharya Samten Kobelt

Taught in English. Meditation retreat for advanced students of the Shambhala-Buddhist Tradition

Date: 13 August 2017 - 22 August 2017
With:
Acharya Mathias Pongracz

Werma and Scorpion Seal practice retreat. Open to everyone who has completed Rigden Abhisheka, or who is a Scorpion Seal practitioner.

Date: 25 August 2017 - 5 September 2017
With:
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

Meditation retreat for advanced students of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition

Date: 3 September 2017

Taught in French. Nyinthun is a one-day meditation programme, taking place at Dechen Chöling every first Sunday of the month. It will be taught in French. You'll find more details in the French...

Date: 7 September 2017 - 18 September 2017
With:
Acharya David Schneider, Acharya Marianne Bots

Meditation retreat for advanced students of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition

Date: 28 September 2017 - 2 October 2017
With:
Eva Wong

Path of Taoïst Qigong with Eva Wong. Intermediate stages for students having completed Levels 1-5. Taught in English.

Date: 1 October 2017

Taught in French. Nyinthun is a one-day meditation programme, taking place at Dechen Chöling every first Sunday of the month. It will be taught in French. You'll find more details in the French...

Date: 4 October 2017 - 7 October 2017
With:
Martina Marx-Hunsdieck, Bénédicte Provost

Kado is a creative and meditative dance with nature, space, and perception. The vibrant and daring beauty of flowers compels us to see what is really before us. Taught in English and French.

Date: 7 October 2017 - 14 October 2017
With:
Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

Training program for advanced Kado practitioners by personal invitation only. Taught in English.

Date: 7 October 2017 - 15 October 2017
With:
Acharya Mathias Pongracz

A 7-day intensive retreat. Practices and teachings of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Taught in French (translation available).

Date: 29 October 2017 - 4 November 2017
With:
Peter Conradi

A fundamental program with Peter Conradi: exploring the Shambhala lineage’s exposition of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths which map the entire Buddhist journey. Don't miss it!

Date: 4 November 2017 - 10 November 2017
With:
Geertje Couwenbergh, Jasmijn Koelink

Join Jasmijn and Geertje for a unique week of fearless fun in a retreat center set in rural France. Taught in English.

Date: 5 November 2017

Taught in French. Nyinthun is a one-day meditation programme, taking place at Dechen Chöling every first Sunday of the month. It will be taught in French. You'll find more details in the French...

Date: 11 November 2017 - 19 November 2017
With:
Jane Arthur

Retreat for Werma practioners in leadership roles - by invitation only.

Date: 20 November 2017 - 26 November 2017
With:
Herb Elsky

becoming familiar with the dying process, contemplating it, and talking openly about us realize compassion and human interconnectivity. Taught in English.

Date: 24 November 2017 - 26 November 2017
With:
Acharya Mathias Pongracz

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the practice of qigong as presented by two distinct Taoist schools. Taught in English.

Date: 26 November 2017 - 28 November 2017
With:
Acharya Samten Kobelt

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the practice of qigong as presented by two distinct Taoist schools. Taught in English. Level 3 for advanced students.

Date: 28 November 2017 - 30 November 2017
With:
Acharya Samten Kobelt

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the practice of qigong as presented by two distinct Taoist schools. Level 4 for advanced students.Taught in English.

Date: 27 December 2017 - 4 January 2018
With:
Acharya David Hope

Retreat for advanced students of the buddhist Shambhala tradition: Ngöndro, Werma and Scorpion Seal practitioners. Taught in English.

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7 March 2017

Come and contribute to the richness of Dechen Chöling!

 

At the heart of Dechen Chöling is a community of people dedicated to meditation and making this place work. Working here is a way not only to deepen one’s own personal meditation practice but also to help make wisdom teachings and this beautiful...

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19 February 2017

Would you like to experiment with community life at our international meditation center? If yes, then our immersion program Meditation in action is for you! You're welcome to visit, help, share, meditate.

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4 November 2016

Do you feel like offering your operational skills to Dechen Chöling?
 

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31 October 2016

BY SAKYONG MIPHAM

The receptive state of listening is a kind of auditory meditation, says Sakyong Mipham. It is an important way to gain wisdom and insight. But it’s not easy.

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26 September 2016

Extract from Seeing Wisdom as the Essence of Phenomena 
BY SAKYONG MIPHAM RINPOCHE | MAY 1, 2004 | LION'S ROAR
 

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