Mindfulness of Feeling Tone (vedana)

Or 'bringing mindfulness to how it feels'

During this retreat we would like to explore mindfulness of the feeling tones, which is the second foundation of the practice of mindulness. First we will try to present the different aspects of mindfulness. Secondly we will define feeling tones and thirdly how to be mindful of them. The Pali term vedana refers to the affective tone of experience. (more in additional information)

Martine Batchelor and Bernat Font
The registration fee for the 6 day (5 nights) retreat is € 454,- which includes all meals and accommodation. If you would like to participate but the registration fee is an obstacle please contact the Chairman of het Dutch Foundation for Insight Meditation, Jochem Stienstra email: voorzitter@simsara.nl. Your registration is confirmed upon payment of the registration fee. Places will be alloted in the order of payments received. Please transfer funds to NL72TRIO0338469087 (BIC TRIONL2U) under the name of “Stichting Inzichts Meditatie te Ezinge” indicating “Martine and Bernat retreat 2020”. We are happy that it is possible to organize the "Mindfulness of Feeling Tone" retreat in Bosoord (The Maitreya Instituut Loenen; www.bosoord.nl). Some arangements have been made to make it possible: direction indicators, walking lanes, maximum of 25 participants, only singleroom participation. Bosoord is so kind to only charge the price of doubleroom for all participants. So all participants will have a single room with own shower and toilet. As a single room would have cost € 504 euro you can also consider to make an extra donation to Bosoord in order to keep the retreat centre up and running for future retreats. They have a donation box in the centre. Of course we will have to see how things are developing with the corona-virus. If for some reason the retreat will be canceled all of you will get your registration fee back.
Starting date: 
dinsdag, 17 november, 2020
Starting time: 
End date: 
zondag, 22 november, 2020
Building or Centre: 
Bosoord / Maitreya Instituut
Hoofdweg 109
ZIP code: 
7371 GE

More information and registration

Contact name: 
Hans Gijsen
Contact telephone: 
+31 (0)6 20233245
Contact E-mail: 

When we come into contact through one of our six senses with the environment, we experience a pleasant, unpleasant or neither pleasant nor unpleasant feeling tone. It is important to see that feeling tones are constructed, they are not a given, they do not reside in the object we come in contact with. It is vital to be aware of feeling tones as they arise extremely fast and have a profound impact on our behavior.

This retreat is led by:
Martine Batchelor

Martine Batchelor is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council. She teaches meditation retreats worldwide since 1987. Her latest book is called: What is this?. Recently she has written different articles about vedanas as she think it is an important theme.

Bernat Font

Bernat Font has been practicing in Europe, India and Myanmar since 2010. He is in teacher training at the Bodhi College and has started a Phd on the subject of vedanas.