We are pleased to invite you to the seventh IGNA annual meditation retreat! The IGNA 2020 Meditation Retreat will take place in Peñiscola, Spain. IGNA’s annual meditation retreat is the main annual event in Europe where new and long term students of HH Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche come together to receive Dharma teachings, meditation instructions and deepen their meditation practice to develop wisdom and compassion in a form of silent residential retreat. The retreat is open to all.
Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche is the head of Achen Monastery in the Golok region of Amdo. Rinpoche is an accomplished meditation master and a lineage holder in the Longsal and Longchen Nyingtik of Dzogchen meditation in Tibetan Buddhist Traditions. During the retreat Rinpoche will give us teachings via Skype. He might be able to come in person but we will not be able to confirm this before the retreat. Read more about Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche.
Venerable Pieter Johnston (Lakshyong Jyamtso lama) is the instructor Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche appointed for English speaking students. He has been practicing Dzogchen Meditation since 2006 with Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche. Venerable Pieter travels twice a year to Europe giving lectures, teaching meditation and supporting retreats. Venerable Pieter Johnston will be translating for Rinpoche, teaching and guiding us during the retreat.
We will start early in the morning according to the monastic tradition and alternate meditation, teachings and other practices during the day. Teachings will be held in both English and Chinese. All the practices during the retreat will be guided by Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche and/or Venerable Pieter Johnston. The retreat routines will include:
Peñiscola is considered one of Spain's ten most beautiful small towns and is located in Costa del Azahar of Valencia Community. The retreat takes place at Hotel Puerto Mar, which is situated around 500 metres from wet land Marjal de Peñiscola and 800 meters from the south beach in Peñiscola, Spain, 1 km walking distance from the north beach which is also the city centre and 1.3 km from the old town (castle) of Peñiscola. The hotel is situated 7 km from Benicarló-Peñiscola train station, 147 km from Valencia airport and 208 km from Barcelona, El Prat airport. This venue is a three star apartment hotel which has three out door swimming pools, offers comfortable accommodation, catering of vegetarian food and facilities for Dharma teachings, group meditation and practice.
Time: Check in between 12 pm - 6 pm 29 March. Dinner will be served at 7 pm. Check out will be after breakfast but latest 12 pm 5 April. We can only provide a residential retreat that must be attended in its entirety due to the arrangements with Hotel Puerto Mar. A full retreat also provides a rare opportunity to deepen your meditation practice.
Price: 270 EUR/person, for participants observing both the 2 day Precepts, in a shared double room. 300 EUR/person, for participants observing only one day Precepts, in a shared double room. 396 EUR/person, for participants observing both the 2 day Precepts, in a single room. 426 EUR/person, for participants observing only the one day Precepts, in a single room. Men and women will be accommodated separately. The price includes 7 nights, bed linen, towel and final cleaning. Breakfasts and lunches are included for the whole stay (as per the prices mentioned above). Dinner will be served in the evening of 29 March and light snacks on the evening of 4 April. We don’t have the possibility to accommodate any children during this retreat.
Payment: Payment details will be sent out at the end of January 2020 and the retreat payment must be submitted by the end of February 2020.
It is only by taking a disciplined approach and by making maximum effort that a participant of the Retreat can fully grasp the practice and benefit most from it.
Observation of the Eight Precepts during the whole retreat. Observation of the one day Precepts of not eating midday and before dawn of the next day and for March 30th and the 2nd of April for the two day Precepts which involves not eating after midday of the 1st day, not eating the second day until after dawn on the 3rd morning. That is, the 2 day Precepts will be held on Monday 30th March (ending at dawn on Wednesday 1th April) and Thursday 2nd April (ending at dawn on Saturday 4th). One day Precepts will be held on the 1st April.
Noble Silence. This is a silent retreat which means no talking to others. You can only talk to Venerable Pieter or to the volunteers who are there to help if you have any questions.
No devices such as computers, phones and tablets can be used during the retreat. All such devices must be deposited with the Retreat Management Team until the retreat ends. A telephone number will be provided to you in case of an emergency.
We are very happy to confirm that we have been able to book the venue and host IGNA 2020 Meditation Retreat provided a minimum number of 10 rooms have been occupied . We will keep the registration open until January 31, 2020 because the venue has a capacity of hosting more people in this retreat.
More information including payment, travel and what to bring will be sent to you at the end of December.
Looking forward to seeing you!
With many kind regards, IGNA