The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness - Silent retreat

7 October 2017 - 15 October 2017
Acharya Mathias Pongracz


Practices and teachings of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Inspired by the work of Jon Kabat Zinn, we will explore the tools of mindfulness and well-being
 to be able to face the demands and challenges of our lives. Among the practices: body scan, sitting and walking meditation, mindfulness yoga and a period of silence during several days.

This retreat will help us integrate mindfulness in our everyday life and help us to access our internal resources, in order to better handle our stress.

This retreat is open to practioners of MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction), as well as everyone interested in the practice of mindfulness/awareness. While open to all students who are willing to undergo the discipline of silent retreat, this retreat is intended for mindfulness teachers or aspiring teachers and fulfills one of the retreat prerequisites for attending the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training.

This 7-day intensive retreat is also recommended for all who are practicing or teaching MBSR and those who intend to do so in the future. 

For those who are new to meditation practice, please be aware that practicing for a week in silence can be an intensive and challenging – as well as a highly rewarding – experience. To guide the way, you will receive instruction and support from highly trained and experienced teachers and meditation instructors.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a programme of practical, scientifically-supported teachings to reduce stress, facilitate relaxation, and promote physical health and emotional well-being. Inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, this retreat offers tools for engaging the demands of our lives, including illness, chronic pain, personal crisis, or the ongoing challenges of a "full catastrophe". By relating directly with our bodies, emotions and our hearts, we will discover the power of mindfulness to change our lives. Through sitting, walking, and body scan meditation practices - as well as mindful yoga - we will return to our lives better equipped to manage daily or extraordinary stress situations.


This program is taught in French. Translation into English or other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible, so that we can provide translation service.

Arrival day (Oct 7):Orientation talk at 8 pm. You're invited to come from 5 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.

End of program (Oct 14): Closing circle and banquet in the evening.

Departure day (Oct 15): You may leave anytime (no program). You're welcome to stay for lunch.


Mathias Pongracz completed the MBSR professional training and attended the teachers development Intensive.

He is a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition, has has taught meditation and mindfulness for 25 years in the Shambhala tradtion, was resident teacher at the European retreat center of Shambhala, Dechen Chöling in France 2006-2012. Prior to that, he worked for 20 years as a reporter and journalist for television, at the Austrian broadcasting company (ORF).







Price of your stay

Standard705 euro
Discounted529 euro
Early Bird635 euro

Standard price: global tarif including the program fee, full board comprising standard accommodation (dormitory) and organic meals. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Discounted price: 25% reduction on the standard price for people with monthly net income below 1200 €. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Early Bird: 10% reduction on the standard price for registration paid in full two months prior to the start of the program, i.e. before 7 August 2017. You cannot combine this with the discounted option. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Other services

  • You may select a single or double room during online registration (if available, we’ll confirm by mail after registration).
  • Shuttle transport or taxi (all year round) and child care options (July/August) are available.
  • The insurance covering you during your stay (third party liability) is included in the yearly required membership fee for the Association Shambhala Europe (15 €).

We would like finances not to be a barrier to your participation. If needed, Dechen Chöling can propose several financial assistance options (monthly payment, scholarship…).
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