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: 2 April 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 April 2017 - 8 April 2017
With:
Eva Wong, Dr. Peter van der Molen

How can we strategically act to benefit everybody? This is the foremost question from the great Chinese strategist Sunzi that we're going to explore to develop an enlightened leadership. Taught in...

Date: 23 April 2017 - 29 April 2017
With:
Herb Elsky, Fatou Traoré, Liesbeth Scholten

Creating ourselves each moment, finding our unique mode of expression in daily life... Join this inspiring Shambhala Art retreat, open to all. Taught in English.

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: 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: 7 May 2017 - 14 May 2017
With:
Shastri Simon La Haye

This meditation retreat invites us to touch our hearts and experience a more direct relation with reality. Taught in 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: 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: 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: 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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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, translation upon request.

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: 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.

News

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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