3-Day Retreat (May 22 - 24, 2015)

3-day retreats focus on sitting meditation practice and include walking meditation, yoga exercises and working meditation. Daily Dharma talks. Participants have the opportunity for interviews with the teacher. The retreat is conducted in German (Dharma talks in German, personal interviews with the teacher may be conducted in English).

The focus is on deepening and broadening one's own practice. It is intended for those who have already attended Practice Days.

Teacher: Hildi Thalmann

Fee & venue: please see Agenda or contact us.

5-, 7-, and 10-day Retreats

These longer retreats offer the opportunity to search more deeply for one's own core. These retreats are conducted either by Chan master Žarko Andričević, or by Master Chi Chern, or by Master Guo Ru, all dharma heirs of Master Sheng Yen. Six hours daily of sitting meditation alternated with walking meditation, yoga exercises and working meditation; daily dharma talks. Opportunity for personal interviews.

7-Day Chan Meditation Retreat "Silent Illumination" (Feb. 21-28, 2015)

In this 7-day retreat the meditation method of "Silent Illumination" will be introduced. The retreat will begin on February 2 with the evening meal, followed by a Dharma talk by Žarko Andričević and will end before lunch on February 28.
Žarko will be assisted by Hildi Thalmann, Chan teacher, Bern.

The retreat is held in silence. The day begins at 5:00 am, and ends at 10:00 pm consisting of a number of 30 or 40 minutes meditation periods, including walking meditation and Yoga exercises. Dharma lectures will be given daily and participants will have the opportunity for personal interviews with the teacher. The retreat will be conducted in English.

Retreat location: Haus Tao, 9427 Wolfhalden, Switzerland

Retreat fee: CHF 690/520 (Euro 570/430) for 7/5 days respectively (including vegetarian meals and lodging in single-, double- or triple-bed rooms). Participants with limited financial resources can apply for a discount on the participation fee.

Meditation practice of at least 6 months is required for participants in this retreat.

Your registration is accepted with the transfer of the retreat fee provided the retreat is not fully booked yet.
Payment in Swiss francs: PC-Konto 60-592636-0. Chan Bern IBAN CH97 0900 0000 6059 2636 0
Payment in Euros: PC-Konto 91-970226-2, IBAN CH91 0900 0000 9197 0226 2, BIC POFICHBEXXX, designation: "Chan Bern, 3000 Bern".

Application and further information: Please register by application form (send/mail to: Hildi Thalmann, Herrengasse 21, CH 3011 Bern, no later than June 30, 2015.

Retreat location: The Meditation Centre Haus Tao is situated in the northeastern part of Appenzell, 500 m above sea level. 20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by train from St. Gallen, between Rorschach und St.Margrethen, near the Austrian border (location).

Participants should arrive on February 21 no later than 5 pm.

5-Day Meditation Retreat "Paths to Chan" (Sept. 29 - Oct. 4, 2015)

In this 5-day retreat our daily routine will be less rigorous and more flexible to allow more time for explanations and instructions. We practice the basic methods of relaxation and concentration in order to harmonize body and mind. The methods of "Silent Illumination" and "huatou" will be explained.

The retreat is held in silence. The daily routine consists of a number of 30 or 40 minutes meditation periods, including walking meditation, Yoga exercises and working meditation. Dharma lectures will be given daily and participants will have the opportunity for personal interviews with the teacher. The retreat will be conducted in German, interviews with the teacher can be held in English.

Teacher: Hildi Thalmann

VenueStiftung Felsentor, 6354 Vitznau, Switzerland

Fee: CHF 150 / Euro 130 (reduction possible)

board & lodging:  
shared room:    
CHF 450 (90/day)
  double: CHF 575 (115/day)
  single: CHF 725 (145/day)
  visitor's tax: CHF 13.50 (2.70/day)

Admission of participants: The retreat is open to everyone with experience in sitting meditation.

Registration: Please register directly at the website of Felsentor (, registration). Board and lodging are to be payed in advance to the Felsentor Foundation; the teacher's fee is to be payed in cash upon arriving.

Further information: Hildi Thalmann (Kontakt).

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