Information before a course
Below are some tips on what to bring, what to rather not bring and a couple more useful tips about the course (retreat). About three weeks before the course we send a detailed informational email to all who have signed up. We just want to make sure you know about everything early enough.
A. Your equipment/outfit for the retreat:
1) A checklist of what you will need:
- Comfortable, simple clothes; warm clothes also in summer.
- Waterproof clothes or an umbrella.
- Silent indoor shoes to wear in the main building.
- A watch/clock with an alarm because you should not be using your phone. (We will be pleased to deposit it in our safe).
- A torch (flashlight) if your accommodation is in the lower cabins (or even if you are not staying there).
- A memory stick (USB) if you wish to have the audio recordings right after the course.
2) What we have and you do not have to bring:
- Bed sheets.
- Meditation pillows, mats and blankets.
3) What not to bring because it is better not to have these things during a retreat:
- Perfume, make-up, jewels, decoration.
- Valuables (gold, much money, computer).
B. What we care about/ the rules of the Centre:
In the Centre there are eight precepts and certain other rules, described in detail in the document called the Centre Rules. Yet, we want to emphasize certain rules:
- Maintain the noble silence
- We recommend plain clothes in light colours, comfortable, not provocative and too extravagant; clothes that will cover most of your body.
- No solid food is served after noon (cheese and chocolate are exceptions).
C. More information about food:
Vegetarian food is served during the stay. If you have allergies to certain foods and you did not specify this in your reservation form, please notify us as early as possible. Uniformly gluten-free and lactose-free food will be served to a meditating person with food limitations because we have no capacity to meet everyone’s special requirements.
D. Note on the prices:
Buddha’s teaching is provided exclusively for free. Accommodation and food is payed by so called recommended prices. There is preset minimum price, optimum price and donation price for a course. The deposit that you pay when you book the course is based on the minimum price. The rest can be payed upon your arrival on Dana basis. More about prices is here.
At the end of the course there will be a display of books that can be taken free of charge. A voluntary donation will allow publishing additional similar books.
E. What will it all be like, program of a course:
Arrivals by car usually are after 2 p.m. If you arrive by bus, we will pick you up as agreed. Please be aware that the nearest bus stop is 5km from the centre. The first course day a light dinner is served usually around 6 p.m. There we will give you information about the course and rules. Courses are opened usually at around 8 p.m. The specific schedule is prepared after consultations with the teacher.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!