Open Heart Meditation Retreat

This programme has started. Contact the office to see if you still can participate. It is no longer possible to register through the website.
24 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
Susan Piver


Open your heart to the fierce power of vulnerability

One could say that the point of spiritual practice is to open one’s heart.

Yet we struggle to come to terms with this. It is so much easier to study gentleness and courage than it is to practice them because our world has conditioned us to believe that when we open our heart, we risk tremendous sorrow and pain. As we keep the tenderest part of ourselves hidden, we constantly fail to recognise it also holds the key to our vital energy: our heart is also where love, creativity, and magic reside.

During this program, we will examine what keeps our hearts closed – in relationships, towards life, and most of all, toward ourselves. We will learn how to make friends with our emotions, not to judge, improve, or transform them, but simply to feel and be with them in a dignified way.

As we become unafraid of our darker, sweeter, and more piercing emotions, we can learn to embrace them and discover an incredible source of power, which is unreachable without walking through vulnerability.

Join best-selling author and founder of the Open Heart Project, Susan Piver, for a weekend of meditation practices, small group dialogue and an exploration of ways we can bring our raw and tender hearts home to the world of family, politics, work, and love.

The following teachings will be explored:

  • The power of vulnerability
  • Learning to stabilize in a state of openness
  • Emotional fear and fearlessness
  • Opening your heart under difficult circumstances
  • How to protect your heart without closing it


This program is taught in English. Translation into French 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 (May 24):Orientation talk at 8 pm. You're invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.

End of program (May 27): Closing circle and banquet in the evening.

Departure day (May 28): You may leave anytime (no program). You're welcome to stay for lunch.


Price of your stay

Standard325 euro
Discounted244 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).

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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