august, 2020

07aug(aug 7)18:0014(aug 14)14:00FeaturedSummer retreat with Stephan Pende: The Effortless Mind – Introduction To MahamudraA spacious and healing meditation retreat north of Stockholm in beautiful nature close to a big river.


7 (Friday) 18:00 - 14 (Friday) 14:00 CET




Event Details

A spacious and healing meditation retreat north of Stockholm in beautiful nature close to a big river.

What we will explore

Exploring the nature of consciousness within the context of a retreat is probably the best way to take the essence of this precious human life.

We will base our journey on the book “Mahamudra – How to discover your true Nature” by Lama Thubten Yeshe. We have a few copies of these books at our bookshop.

Lama Yeshe has an amazing skill to make this profound exploration accessible to the Western mind, independent of your background and experience.

We will start right where we are and have the opportunity to discover a place of rest which will be accessible everywhere and in any kind of situation.

All teachings are in English.

PLEASE NOTE: Specific information concerning this summer retreat: This retreat takes place in Dharmaghiri retreat center, Sala (see directions below)


The teacher: Stephan Pende Wormland

Born 1965 in Germany, MA in clinical psychology and trained in Gestalt therapy. He is very experienced teacher: he has studied and practiced meditation in multiple Buddhist traditions for over 30 years and has spent all together five (5) years in meditation retreats. He was a monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years, and teaches meditation in Buddhist centers in Europe.


Yin Yoga with Kristina Spegel

Like the previous three years, Kristina Spegel will be offering Yin Yoga as an integral part of the retreat.

Retreat Schedule

16:00  Arriving and settling in
19:00 – 20.00 Dinner
20:00 – 21.00 Introduction and short practice
Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday   
07:00 – 07.30 Meditation
07.30 – 08.00 Break (preparing breakfast)
08.00 – 09.00
Breakfast (cleaning after breakfast)
09.00 – 11.00 Meditation and walking meditation
11.00 – 11.30 Break
11.30 – 13.00 Mindful movements (or preparing lunch) – Group 1
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch and lunch break (cleaning after lunch)
15.00 – 17.00 Meditation and walking meditation
17.00 – 17.30 Break
17:30 – 19:00 Mindful Movements (preparing dinner) – Group 2
20.00 – 21.00 Padmasambhava Practice
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Precepts)   
06:30 – 07.00 Precepts
07:00 – 08:00 Break
08.00 – 10.00 Meditation and walking meditation
10.00 – 10.30 Break (preparing lunch)
10.30 – 11.30 Mindful movements (or preparing lunch) – Group 2
11.30 – 15.30  Lunch and lunch break (cleaning after lunch)
15.00 – 17.00  Meditation and walking meditation
17.00 – 17:30 Break
17:30 – 18:30  Mindful Movements – Group 1
18:30 – 20.00 Break
20:00 – 21.00 Padmasambhava Practice
Friday (departure day)  
07:00 – 07.30 Meditation
07.30 – 08.00
Break (preparing breakfast)
08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast (cleaning after breakfast)
09.00 – 11.00 Meditation and walking meditation
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and lunch break (cleaning after lunch)


Mahayana Precepts

For three days during the retreat we will be taking the Mahayana Precepts (see this document) to increase the depth of the practice. This means that we will be eating only one meal per day (lunch at around 11:30). If you are unable to follow such a diet for medical reasons, you will need to provide for the an extra meal (dinner, breakfast will be available to prepare) yourself those three days.


Most of the retreat will be in silence. We also encourage everyone to keep their mobile phones turned off during the entire retreat. We are so used to escaping into distractions, so during the retreat it is very beneficial to keep those to minimum!

Cancelling your participation

If you cancel your booking 3 weeks prior to the start date, we keep 200 SEK as an administrative fee. If you cancel later than 3 weeks prior to the start date, we keep the entire donation unless we can find a replacement.

To bring: Sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases, towels, toiletries, books, pens etc. Meditation cushions and stools available at Dharmagiri, bring your own if you have particular wishes about what you want to sit on.

Allergies/diet/health: Is there anything we need to know about your health? Do you need special diets or are allergic to something? Are you vegan? Do you snore? (So ​​we can take that into account when we make room placement…)

How to get to Dharmagiri

Retreat Center By car From Stockholm it takes about 2-2.5 hours by car. Click this link for Google maps directions. Take road E18 to Enköping, before entering Enköping, take road 70 toward Sala. At the first roundabout at the entrance to Sala, go straight. At the second roundabout, follow signs to Saladamm (over the railroad tracks). After Saladamm it is straight ahead. About 27 km from Sala turn right at the sign for Bännbäck. Drive straight for approximately 3 km. Just after the sign V. Bännbäck look for houses to the right on a little hill.  There is a mailbox with a wagon wheel opposite the entrance.

By train or bus There are trains to Sala from, for example, Stockholm and Arlanda. It is also good to come from the south via Västeras. Search train times at www.sj.se. Train Stockholm – Sala costs approx 110-125 SEK single ticket, 2nd class, non-refundable. From Arlanda tickets are more expensive, there is a surcharge for stepping on / off. If you cannot arrange to be picked up at the train in Sala you can take the bus to Möklinta. From there also needed pick-up by car, but it’s closer Dharmagiri and may be easier to arrange a ride from there. Times for bus 63 Sala Travel Centre – Möklinta found on www.vl.se.


About pricing

Any money we make immediately goes back into running the centre, teaching mind training and helping people to lead happier lives through our courses and events. Any surplus goes to supporting the various community services of FPMT which we are affiliated with. Yeshe Norbu is a non-profit organization and we value our place in the community immensely and hope you value our contribution as well. Thus the price of our various courses and events are to be seen as recommended donations. To guide our visitors as to what a reasonable donation to pay is, we have three different “price levels” for all our events: Reduced price. This price is for people who for whatever reason have financial challenges, such as students or pensioners. (Our policy is to never turn anyone away if they can’t afford to pay, so if even the reduced price is too much, please contact us.) Regular price. This is the price-point that covers the cost of running the events (venue, donations to teachers, travel costs, etc.) By paying this price you contribute to the centre being able to stay open and offer our program. Super generous price. If you want to support people of lesser means to attend courses and teachings, this price level offers an opportunity to practice generosity. This price is for people who feel they have a little extra to spare for the benefit of others. To support the centre, you can consider becoming a member of the centre or of the non-profit (ideel förening) Yeshe Norbu. Last year (which was our first), more than 500 people attended our courses and events. Your support is enabling us to make a real difference. Have a look at the events we are currently offering.

Price 5,400.00kr

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Course Length

1 week


  • Kristina Spegel

    Kristina Spegel

    Yoga Teacher

    Kristina Spegel är leg psykolog,  yin yoga och meditationslärare med egen träning sedan 15 år. Kristina är också certifierad i CBMT/ Corporate Bases Mindfulness Training och håller till vardags föreläsningar och utbildningar runt om i Sverige i detta med fokus på meditationsträning och de mentala strategierna, närvaro, vänlighet, tålamod, ickedömande och glädje. Kristinas lärare i urval: Magdalena Mecweld, Kent Nyström, Jon Kabat Zinn, Stephan Pende, Glenn Svensson, Roshi Joan Hallifax m.fl.

    URL http://www.kristinaspegel.se

    Yoga Teacher

  • Stephan Pende

    Stephan Pende

    Meditation Teacher

    Clinical Psychologist Stephan Wormland, born 1965 in Germany, has studied and practiced meditation in multiple traditions for over 30 years. He has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, trained in Gestalt therapy and worked for 6 years in a psychiatric hospital. Former Monk He lived as an ordained monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years and, during that time, served as the director of Nalanda Monastery in the south of France and spent a total of 5 years in group and solitary retreats. The main teacher of Stephan is Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). He has received teachings and guidance from great Tibetan Masters of the four schools like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Kirti Thenshap Rinpoche, Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, and Choden Rinpoche. He has practiced and studied with foremost Western teachers like Peter Fenner, Alan Wallace, Rob Preece, Alex Berzin, Pema Chodron, Robert Thurman, and Ken McLeod. Spiritual Mentor He has been the resident teacher of the Center for Visdom og Medfølelse in Copenhagen for many years and currently teaches meditation in Buddhist Centers around Europe. Since 2009 he has been studying Radiant Mind with Peter Fenner and completed the Nondual Teacher Training and he is a program adviser of the Potential Project.

    URL https://www.stephanpende.com/

    Meditation Teacher

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