About this retreat

We all have within us the potential to experience a deeper sense of connection, warmth and authentic love for others, whether it’s our partner, family, friends or others.

During this silent meditation retreat we will gain deep familiarity with three very practical, inspiring and transformative meditations on love that enable us to realise our potential to live with a genuine and consistently loving heart.

Through these meditations we can experience for our self, how the more we improve our love for others the happier we will naturally become. In this way we will discover how our problems with others dissolve with the practice of loving kindness and learn how to truly enjoy all our relationships and life by becoming the happy, loving person we all wish to be.

‘Pure unconditional love never causes any pain or worry but only peace and joy’ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Everyone is welcome. The retreat will be guided in English (with Spanish translation) and is suitable for those new to meditation as well as experienced practitioners.

Although this retreat is guided as a whole there will be occasional unguided sessions to build confidence in our own meditation practice and improve concentration. Brief prayers to aid meditation will be chanted in each session. The retreat schedule allows plenty of time for quiet relaxation, enjoying delicious vegetarian meals and exploring the beautiful surroundings.

During the retreat, in the mornings, we observe silence until lunchtime. Being in silence allows the mind to settle and find peace. In this way you will be able to concentrate better during meditation and to leave all the stress and busyness that we are normally immersed in behind. In the afternoon and evening retreaters are encouraged to discuss their experience of the meditation and teachings, so they can help each other to overcome obstacles and gain deeper experience. However, depending on the wishes of the participants, this retreat can be completely silent for a selected period of time.

Gen Devi will explain this process fully in the Introductory teaching on Friday evening.

BOOKING & INFORMATION

BOOKING
DATES & SCHEDULES
  • 16-20 NOVEMBER.
  • Starts on Friday, 16 November at 20:00h with the Introduction.
  • Ends on Tuesday, 20 November after meal.
PRICES

PRICES FOR 4 NIGHTS (including stay and retreat).

  • Doble Room:  560,00€ per room
  • Quadruple Room:  248,00€
  • Shared Room (6 people):  248,00€
  • Shared Room (8 people):  216,00€
  • Camping:  180,00€ 
ABOUT YOUR STAYING

ACCOMMODATION

If you are camping, you must bring a sleeping bag and towel.

The food is vegetarian. We may be able to accommodate other diets if requested in advance.

HOW TO GET TO THE CENTRE

By taxi or by renting a car

The temple is right next to the Puig de Sa Roca restaurant. Once you arrive, you can call us and we will come look for you to take you to the temple.

There are numerous car rental companies on the island. Below are three options:

http://www.alquilercochesmenorca.com/

http://www.autospt.com/

http://www.alquilercochesmenorcaa.com/

This link will show you how to get here by car:  Click here to see the map

TELEPHONE CONTACT

If you have any questions, you can call us at +34 691 158 656

SURROUNDINGS

Situated in a privileged enclave on the beautiful island of Menorca (declared a Biosphere reserve)IRC Menorca, International Retreat Centre, is an ideal place to have retreats, both alone and in a group. The Centre, which is surrounded by a forest of pine trees and holm oaks of great natural beauty, enables you to breathe in a great sense of tranquility and peace and invites you to collect yourself and to deepen in the practice of the Dharma, through the contemplation and meditation of the Lanrim Kadam.

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Gen Kelsang Devi is the Resident Teacher of Tharpaland International Retreat Centre. She is a modern Buddhist nun originally from Scotland and has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for almost 20 years.

During this time Gen Devi has engaged in many months of silent meditation retreats and has also taught and skilfully guided numerous group retreats ranging from a few days to three months, both in UK and Germany. These retreats are very popular with International students from all over the world as well as with the local community, and her regular classes, programmes and courses are greatly enjoyed by all.

Gen Devi’s experience makes her teachings and guidance in retreats very powerful, clear and practical. Her joyful warmth and humour make them accessible to everyone. She is an inspiring example of modern Buddhism in practice and is dedicated to helping everyone find peace in their minds through the experience of meditation and to use Buddha’s timeless teachings to discover real happiness in modern life

WHAT IS A RETREAT?

In retreat you give yourself the opportunity to rest in depth and forget all your daily problems. A retreat is a parenthesis of tranquility, an oasis of peace in your life that helps you discover important aspects of your own existence. For example, you will see how your meditation practice improves. By cultivating positive thoughts as you develop your attention, memory and concentration, you will experience the extraordinary inner peace that lies within your own mind. This inner peace is the real treasure to discover while you are in retreat. It is the supreme medicine that heals your own and others unhappiness. Bring the precious treasure of inner peace back to your daily life and share it with your family and friends. Discover our International Retreat Center, a jewel in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a spiritual and very significant holiday in a peaceful and unique environment, in the beautiful and mystical island of Menorca.

The International Retreat Center of Menorca has been visited many times by our Spiritual Guide, the Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, so it is a place with very good energy, very blessed. The Center is in the middle of the island, surrounded by a forest of holm oaks, wild olive trees and pine trees. Along with the pure air and the natural beauty of the landscape, we highlight the clarity of its nights; when in the serene sky, free of clouds, you can contemplate the tranquil beauty of the stars and the moon. Whether you are looking for a few days of tranquility to reconnect with yourself, or if you wish to deepen your practice of meditation and Modern Buddhism, the International Retreat Center is an ideal place. We offer personalized retreats  and national and international group retreats. Every year we invite international teachers from other centers to come and lead a retreat in our center.

Everyone is welcome, do not miss this opportunity!