To all our dhamma friends

Welcome at the Dutch foundation for Insight Meditation (SIM). The SIM promotes Vipassana meditation and Theravada Buddhism in the Netherlands.
This part of the SIM site mainly focusses on international retreats with teachers from East and West. For all other activities and local meditation centres across the Netherlands, we refer to the Dutch section.

1 maart, 2019 --- 6 maart, 2019
Joshua Tree CA (USA)

Vipassana in action

In this retreat there are periods of formal meditation in the early morning, before lunch and in the evening. During the morning and the afternoon we work mindfully at different projects in the center.
There is a dharma-talk, and Q&A in the evening. During the retreat a possibility for personal interviews is offered.

Doshin Houtman
8 maart, 2019 --- 15 maart, 2019
Joshua Tree CA (USA)

Vipassana week retreat

Embodied mindfulness is the heart of the practice. During formal sitting we are aware of the changing sensations in the different parts of the body. Becoming aware of the changing body, we also become aware of the movements in the mind. Becoming more familiar with the body-mind process, we gain insight in who we really are.
The program includes mindful movements and sitting- and walking meditation. There are dharma talks, question and answers, and sharing of experiences. There is also a possibility for interviews

Doshin Houtman
17 juni, 2019 --- 25 juni, 2019

Cultivate the spiritual faculties for your own freedom!

"This retreat is not about concentration, or absorption'', says Ayasma Kumara. "It’s about cultivating confidence, vitality, mindfulness, collectedness and discernment. When these are strong, the work for the ending of suffering becomes easier and more effective. Learn how to strengthen these spiritual faculties in this retreat!
There won’t be strict meditation schedules, but participants will be inspired to grow in wisdom."

The retreat starts on Monday at 20:00 (Arrival from 18:00) and finishes on Tuesday 25 after
lunchtime. The retreat takes place in the hospitable Centrum Meeuwenveen te Havelte
( The main language will be English. The programme involves formal
meditation, meditation instructions, talks and discussions. In addition, there will be working
meditation for about an hour each day.

About the teacher Kumāra Bhikkhu was ordained in 1999
at the age of 27 and runs Sasanarakha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS)
together with ven. Aggacitta (author of ‘’in this very life’’, U Pandita). With his training in
education, he has been sharing the Dhamma in various ways and in several languages
(mainly English, Mandarin and Hokkien) with Buddhists of various traditions and non-
Buddhists too. He is influenced by Bhaddanta Aggacitta Mahāthera to be open to Dhamma
teachings beyond orthodoxy and tradition, so long as they work towards the ending of
suffering. Inspired by his main meditation teacher, Sayadaw U Tejaniya
(, he is especially interested in spiritual teachings that show how
to cultivate wisdom that removes the causes of suffering.

Pre-retreat learning
Listen to Ashin Tejaniya’s introduction talks: If you’re
unfamiliar with the 8 percepts, please read If you’re new to Buddhism,
please read this too: Walpola Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught (up to Chapter 5). For

learning in Dutch download for free: ‘’kijk niet neer op je verstorende emoties’’ van Ashin
Application and costs:
The costs of the retreat are 702 for a double room.
If the costs present a possible obstacle for application, please consult the Chairman of the
SIM, Hans Gijsen: +31 (0)6 20233245.

You register bij paying the costs on Triodos bank account IBAN NL72 TRIO 0338 4690 87, BIC
TRIONL2U mentioning ‘Stichting Inzichts Meditatie te Ezinge’ and: Spiritual Cultivation Retreat
2019. Don’t forget to mention also your full name.

Also fill the register form to be downloaded on the left of this screen and email this to You are kindly requested not to forget to mention your
meditation experience. Your registration is confirmed upon payment of the registration
fee. Applications will be accepted following the order of arrival of payments.
General conditions:
The conditions are detailed on the SIM website (in Dutch):

All meals are vegetarian. During the retreat there is the opportunity to practise in accordance with how the Buddha practised 2500 years ago, following the 8 percepts. This means in the evening their will be fruit and vegetable juices but no dinner. This is also an opportunity for detox.

Silence and no phone
The retreat will be in silence and participants are asked to give their phones to the management upon arrival. In a retreat of many months it could be beneficial to practise with phone, but if you want to really benefit from a relative short retreat it is adviced to abstain from communication with the outside world, and focus solely on your inner processes. The email and telephone number of Marnix can be given to friends or relatives in case of an emergency. Don't forget to put your email on vacation-reply..

To bring:
An alarm clock
Long pants in case of tick bites
Comfortable clothes
Drinking / thee bottle
Optional: meditation pillows and blankets (this is also available at the center)
The book of Ashin Tejaniya: Don't look down at your defilements, in Dutch: ''kijk niet neer op je verstorende emoties'', can be used during the retreat.

Most Vipassana meditation retreats are organised on the basis of Dana (Generosity). Since
the time of the Buddha, the transmission of his teachings and the meditation instructions
are considered a deed of generosity. The costs of the retreat consist of basic lodging fees
and meals; the teachers receive only reimbursement for travel and accommodation
expenses. At the end of the retreat, the participants have the opportunity to practice
generosity; they are invited to give Dana (donation) to the teachers.

Ethical Code:
Stichting Inzichts Meditatie (SIM) is committed to preserving a safe and reliable
environment. In that respect it makes every effort to further implement and guarantee
ethical guidelines. For further information in this respect see: (scroll down to the bottom of the page to download
the English version)

After application, you will receive more details approximately two weeks prior to the retreat.
For more information about the retreat you can contact Marnix van Rossum (06426730920) or Yuna van den Adel:

More information in Dutch can be read on the facebook event page:
Registration at the facebook page doesn't mean you are registered. Only when the payment is done on the account of the SIM, you are registered.

Hope to welcome you!

Ayasma Kumara
17 augustus, 2019 --- 31 augustus, 2019
Fara In Sabina (RI), Italy

vipassana retreat

In this retreat we pay close attention to all the processes that arise within our field of consciousness. At the same time we cultivate a relaxed and friendly inner stance, fuelled by loving kindness (metta). This specific quality of attention can be practiced and developed. While we start to observe a broader and closer perspective on our inner processes, in a friendlier way, a greater sense of freedom arises, enabling greater creativity, friendliness, compassion and humour. Meditating helps us seeing through our constricting illusions, releasing the burden of having to uphold these, including the greater illusion of the self. To make this insight a lived experience it is crucial to approach all phenomena in body and mind with a loving equanimous stance.

Henk Barendregt, Mirjam Hartkamp, Antonino Raffone
29 februari, 2020 --- 29 maart, 2020
Loenen, The Netherlands

The 2020 Month-Long Retreat of Integrated Practice of Insight Dialogue and Vipassana

The Insight Dialogue community of Metta programs and SIM are happy to announce this special retreat that combines Insight Dialogue and Vipassana.
In a whole life path approach to Dhamma, periods committed solely to meditation have a special place. When the body-mind has sufficient time to calm down and become steady and bright, uniquely transformative insight becomes possible. Deep freedom of heart and mind comes from seeing things as they actually are; seclusion and spiritual friendship, together, form a powerful path of awakening. The wisdom teachings of the Buddha come alive in our formal practice and from there move into the entirety of our lives.
This first ever month-long Insight Dialogue and Vipassana retreat will begin with a week of Insight Dialogue practice, gradually transitioning into two weeks of immersion in silence. The final week of the retreat will then taper back into relational practice to deepen any insights, allow new ones, and provide a supportive transition from retreat life to daily life. This retreat seeks to tap the synergetic effect of combined individual and interpersonal meditation. The middle two weeks of silent practice will be supported by morning instruction sessions and evening dharma talks. Individual meetings with the teachers will be available throughout the retreat and scheduled regularly during the period committed to silent practice.

The minimum requirement is to have participated in at least:
two 6-night/7-night Insight Dialogue retreats
one 7-night Vipassana silent retreat*
one 10-night Vipassana silent retreat*

Gregory Kramer and Jill Shepherd