A retreat with intensive practice of insight meditation (Vipassana bhavana) and lovingkindness meditation (Metta bhavana) rooted in the tradition of Theravada Buddhism. Arranged by Northern Light Vipassana Society with a daily schedule of sitting, walking and eating meditations. Addressing beginners as well as experienced meditators.
The retreat is conducted by the Danish Vipassana teacher Uffe Damborg, teaching in the line of Mahasi Sayadaw and Anagarika Munindra.
Teaching language: English.
This is a classical silent retreat strictly in the Theravada tradition. Retreat observation of silence begins after dinner on Tuesday evening 6. september and ends after breakfast Wednesday 14. september . Only interaction with the teacher is an exception to the practice of silence.
The retreat takes place at Mundekulla Retreat Center located in the woods outside of Emmaboda in Southern Sweden. The Center is easily accessible by public transportation, it takes 3 hours with direct train from Copenhagen Airport, 4 hours from Stockholm and 3,5 hours from Gothenbourg. Transportation by taxi to the Center 10 kilometers from Emmaboda railway station can be arranged for.
Uffe Damborg (1944-) studied with renowned Vipassana teacher Anagarika Munindra in Bodh Gaya from 1968 to 1975. Uffe also spent some years in meditation monasteries in Sri Lanka. He is a psychologist, cognitive psychotherapist and secular mindfulness teacher as well as a Vipassana teacher trained by Anagarika Munindra in the Theravada tradition.
Uffe has instructed more than 5000 people in secular mindfulness meditation. And Mundekulla Vipassana Retreat is his 26. retreat experience as a Vipassana teacher.
In 2007 he conducted a retreat together with American Vipassana teacher Joseph Goldstein in Stockholm. In 2008 Uffe co-founded the Northern Light Vipassana Society in Lapland in Sweden. In 2014 he conducted another Vipassana retreat together with Joseph Goldstein. This time at Kerteminde in Denmark in homage to their venerable long time teacher, Anagarika Munindra who today rightly is regarded as one the grandfathers of the mindfulness movement in the West.
There are several videos on YouTube in English and Danish with Dharma talks by Uffe. His 9- days retreats are recognized as qualifying for the MBSR training program of teachers both by the Center of Mindfulness at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and by the Center at University of Mass. USA. Certificate of Retreat is issued to participants.
Where is it ?
Mundekulla Retreat Center is located in the heart of Småland in Southeastern Sweden.The formal address is: Mundekulla Retreat Center, Mundekulla 101, 36195 Långsjö, Sweden.
The entire facility is built on ecological principles. The barn house holds more than 120 sqm of solarpanels and every room is insultaded with ecofriendly material. The main building is a carefully restored house from the 1820s. The property includes 60 hectares (150 acres) of meadows in a varied and beautiful cultured landscape, with open fields, natural ponds and foot paths surrounded by old cultured forests.
There are 20 accomodation rooms with more than 28 beds, located in four different buildings. The rooms are beautiful, charming and eco-friendly rooms. Some rooms have private shower and bathroom, some share communal showers and bathrooms. All rooms are insulated with ecological material.
- For all meals (vegetarian) and lodging the retreat fee is SEK 3970,- (DKK 3.335,-, approx. EURO 450,-) per person in a double room.
- The retreat fee is SEK 4970,- (DKK 4.175,-, approx. EURO 565,-) per person in a single room.
At this retreat there is space for 28 meditators.
When you register you are kindly requested to pay a deposit of SEK 2000,-.(DKK 1.680,-,approx. EURO 227,-)
No part of the fee will be refunded if you cancel. However, you may transfer your registration at any time to another person without charge.
Mail your registration to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some scholarships may be available and can be applied for by students or other persons with no or very small income. However, applicants themselves are expected to pay the amount of the deposit.
The Principle of Dana
The retreat is strictly a non-profit arrangement, and the abovementioned prices only include the expenses of all meals, lodging, and other general retreat expenditures.
The retreat fee does not include any teaching fee. The retreat is being held according to the principle of dana (generosity) in the retreat tradition of Theravada Buddhism. This means that at the end of the retreat there is an opportunity for you to offer a contribution to the teacher. It is traditional to determine for ourselves the amount that is right for us to give anonymously in accordance with our appreciation of the teaching and our means.
The principle of Dana also implies the opportunity to express your appreciation of the skills of our fine vegetarian cook Gunilla Blom, who is an experienced retreat cook that shall work hard for you. She is assisted by Agneta Edström, another skilled retreat veteran. They shall serve you a well balanced and nutritious vegetarian menu, and if you have specal needs please contact the cook email@example.com
Arrival and checking in from 2.00 p.m. on Tuesday 6. of Sep.
At 6.00 p.m.: Dinner.
At 7.30 p.m.: Introduction, instruction and meditation by the teacher. Observance of silence begins.
The daily schedule of sitting and walking begins at 7:00 and ends at 10:00 pm. (However, the first night may end earlier.)
The meal times every day will be at 7:45 a.m., at noon, and at 6:00 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m. there is a Dharma talk by the teacher on a general subject of the Buddha’s Dharma.
At 8.30 p.m.: Mindful coffee or tea and/or walking meditation.
At 9.00 p.m.: Sitting meditation.
The official retreat day ends at 10.00 p.m.
It is entirely up to you whether you want to participate in the open-ended program of each night’s bonus meditation, where meditators are sitting and walking following their own scheme. The bonus meditation ends when the last meditator mindfully turns off the light and leaves the meditation hall. Usually that is 2-4 hours after the official ending of the day.
It is expected that retreatants follow this official schedule. However, you may substitute a walking meditation with your own program of physical spiritual excercises like yoga, qigong or tai chi, but no such exercises are taught at the retreat.
In any case, the schedule of sitting meditations should be strictly adhered to.
Between meditations throughout the retreat coffee and tea are freely available. After 10.00 p.m. meditators can dispose of their own time, while still observering silence. Or you may go straight on participating in the bonus meditation.
No mobile Phones
It is recommended that mobile phones and other electronic equipments are turned off throughout the retreat. In case of emergency, persons from the outside may call the Danish teacher on phone 00 45 25 89 09 41 who shall pass on the information.
Furthermore, you oblige yourself to participate in the full length of the retreat. Unless caused by illness or other acute circumstance you are not supposed to leave the retreat before its official termination. On the same conditions you are expected not to arrive after the official beginning of the retreat.
The End of the Retreat
Officially the retreat ends after 12.00 a.m. on 14. Sep. Observation of silence ends after breakfast 7.45 a.m. There is lunch at 12.00. Retreatants have to check out of their rooms at latest 14.00 p.m.
If you wish to stay on for one or more nights at the Center, you must arrange for it at least two weeks before the retreat. The price of a prolonged stay is not included in the ordinary retreat fee. For further info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The program is subject to alteration
It’s easy to find your way to Mundekulla, situated in southeastern Sweden outside Emmaboda ! See Map By Automobile: Turn from route 120 approx. 5 km out of Emmaboda or from route 25 by way of Lessebo. Look for and follow signs to Mundekulla. By Train: Arriving into Emmaboda from all directions every hour, at least every second hour. http://www.sj.se By Bus: with Swebuss or Silverlinjen to Kalmar or to Växjö with Svenskabuss and then by way of train. (Swebuss 0200-218 218, http://www.swebusexpress.se Silverlinjen 0485-261110485-26111, http://www.silverlinjen.see Svenska Buss 0771-6767670771-676767, http://www.svenskabuss.se ). National flights: Arrives Kalmar, Växjo and Ronneby (60 km from Mundekulla). Buses leave from the airports to the trainstation and then theres a 30 min trainride to Emmaboda (60 min from Ronneby). International flights: We recommend you to fly with http://www.easyjet.com to Copenhagen or some other flight company. Then you’ll take a direct train to Emmaboda (3 hours) from Copenhagen/Köpenhavn airport (Kastrup). Book your train ticket on http://www.sj.se. Then you’ll book a taxi from Emmaboda to Mundekula (10 min) See below. International Flights also reaches Gothenbourg, Malmö, Stockholm with http://www.ryanair.com. From Malmö, Gothenbourg and Stockholm you’ll take a bus to the central stations and then there’s an easy train ride to Emmaboda. http://www.sj.se Mundekulla Taxi: From Emmaboda to Mundekulla you can get a cheap Taxi ride for only 150 SEK/car (approx. 12 GBP, 15 Euro) by calling Taxi Emma (0046) +471-10100 and ask for a Mundekulla Taxi. We’ll arrange for a cheaper group ride if we know in advance your arrival at Emmaboda.