Learn to meditate

Dechen Chöling offers a regular schedule of programmes for people who are new to meditation. Meditation practice helps us to find peace within ourselves while developing a strong, yet flexible, mind. Learn to Meditate retreats offer an accessible meditation practice that we can carry into our lives. We offer both shorter and more relaxed meditation introductory programmes as well as intensive retreats like a dathun (2-4 weeks).

Beginners are also warmly invited to any programme that does not have a prerequisite.

Date: 7 May 2017

Discovery free program open to all. Taught in French. Please go to the French section for more information.

Date: 8 May 2017 - 14 May 2017
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
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
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: 4 June 2017

Discovery free program open to all. Taught in French. Please go to the French section for more information.

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: 19 July 2017 - 26 July 2017
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: 7 October 2017 - 15 October 2017
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
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
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: 20 November 2017 - 26 November 2017
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
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.


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...

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.

4 November 2016

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

31 October 2016


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.

26 September 2016

Extract from Seeing Wisdom as the Essence of Phenomena 

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