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.

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.

RETREAT REQUIREMENTS
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
18 april, 2020 --- 24 april, 2020
Zenderen

Seven days exploration of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

SIM is happy to announce a special retreat which is run in collaboration with Bodhi College (United Kingdom). This Insight Meditation retreat will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, as taught in the Satipatthana discourse given by the Buddha.

Christina Feldman and John Peacock
2 juni, 2020 --- 12 juni, 2019
Pelion

Relax, smile, and observe the phenomena of body and mind

At the beautiful coastline of Pelion, we relax, smile and focus on the breath. The morning until lunch consists of formal meditation sessions, after lunch there is free time to go for a walk or to the beach, while the noble silence is kept. This retreat is suitable for both experienced and beginning practitioners. Regardless the "light" program, huge steps can be made in terms of (mental) relaxation, letting go, and cultivating wisdom and compassion.

Henk Barendregt & Mirjam Hartkamp
17 augustus, 2020 --- 31 augustus, 2020
Fara Sabina - Monte Libretti (Rome)

Liberating Insight

Surrounded by the beautiful hills of Fara Sabina, hosted by the Monastery of Clarisse we investigate the habits of the mind and of the heart. If we clearly observe the processes pertaining to body and mind, we can detach, let go, and allow for greater freedom, wisdom and compassion to arise. The retreat can be attended for 7 and 14 days.

Henk Barendregt, Mirjam Hartkamp, Antonino Raffone
24 augustus, 2020 --- 30 augustus, 2020
Waldhaus am Laacher See, 56645 Nickenich

Vipassana retreat

Embodied mindfulness is the heart of the practice. During formal sitting and during daily activities we are invited to be aware of the sensations in the body. Becoming aware of the changing body sensations we also become aware of the changing movements in the mind. Becoming more familiar with the body-mind process we discover where the mind is free and where it is entangled. In this way we gain insight in who we really are. We practice to make our home in the body-mind, a safe place to be.

Doshin Houtman