IGNA 2020 Meditation Retreat

Sunday 29 March – Sunday 5 April


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.

Introduction to the Retreat


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.


Retreat Routines

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:

The Venue

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.

Hotel Puerto Mar

Retreat Times, Price and Payment

The Code of Discipline

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.


Cancellation Policy

More information including payment, travel and what to bring will be sent to you at the end of December.

For all questions, send an email.

Looking forward to seeing you!

With many kind regards, IGNA