We offer you special meditation retreats so you can delve into a particular topic. In each retreat we will deal in depth with a different aspect of the Buddhist teachings. The topics covered include a wide variety of relevant and important aspects for having happiness in our lives. Topics such as death, karma, love, compassion, mind, tantra and Buddhist wisdom, among others, are vital to enjoy a peaceful, happy and meaningful life.

These retreats include:

  • Practical teachings to clarify the meaning of each topic with time for questions and answers.
  • Essential meditations in relation to each topic.
  • Instructions to improve our mindfulness and concentration and reduce distractions.
  • Advice to integrate these instructions into our daily life.

You can come to the entire retreat or only one part.


12-14  march 2021

Retreat with gen Kelsang Tharpa

  • ON-LINE Retreat

About this retreat


We are very happy to have Gen Kelsang Tharpa to lead this on-line retreat on the wisdom of the middle way. This retreat will be based on the teachings and meditations of Venerable Geshe-la’s book Ocean of Nectar which is a commentary to Guide to the Middle Way of Chandrakirti. Guide to the middle way is a mahayana scripture which to this day is regarded as the principal presentation of Buddha’s profound view of emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality. This book is like an immeasurable ocean of wisdom full of hidden treasures and jewels; it perfectly reveals the ultimate truth of all phenomena with which we can attain the permanent liberation of all our suffering and problems. We invite you to dive in this ocean of wisdom  with us to search for these hidden jewels. 

For this retreat Gen Kelsang Tharpa will be giving the teachings and Gen Kelsang Dargyey will be guiding the meditations. Do not miss this opportunity! Everybody welcome!


This year we are celebrating the forty anniversary of our centre (1981-2021). Our IRC was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 1981, and it was the first centre to be established outside of the UK. Geshe-la has blessed Menorca with his presence on several occasions and he has given many teachings and empowerments here. In 1999 the Kadampa Temple for World Peace opened and was inaugurated by Geshe-la in 2001. In 2012 it was transformed into the International Retreat Center. In 2016 a radical reform was made in the retreat house. Now it has ten ensuite rooms and we are able to accomodate retreaters.


Retreats based on Buddhist wisdom that answers with amazing clarity and depth to the great questions we keep asking ourselves.

“… if on hearing of emptiness Great Joy arises within again and again, The eyes moisted with tears of great joy, And the hairs of the body stand on end, Such a personhas the seed of the mind of a complete Buddha…    Chandrakirti- Guide to the middle way ”

“Ocean of Nectar”  Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rimpoché

In this retreat you will have the opportunity to

  • Deepen your understanding of emptiness.
  • Have a meditative experience of emptiness.
  • Discover the middle way free from the two extremes.
  • Learn how to integrate your understanding of emptiness into your dayli life.
  • Solve all your problems with the wisdom of the middle way

Information & Booking

Booking gen Tharpa’s retreat


  • Retreat: Ocean of Nectar with Gen Tharpa



Friday 12

20.00-21.00 Teaching 

Saturday 13

09.30-10.45 1st session 

12.00-13.00 2nd session 

17.00-18.15 3rd session

20.00 – 21.00 4th session

Sunday 14

09.30-10.45 1st session

12.00-13.00 2nd session

17.00-18.15 3rd session

20.00 – 21.00 4th session

Monday 15

09.30-10.45 1st session

12.00-13.00 2nd session

17.00-18.15 3rd session

20.00 – 21.00 4th session

Tuesday 16th

09.30-10.30- Questions and Answers (English)

11.00-12.00- Questions and Answers (Spanish)

12.30-13.45 WFJ Tsog Puja




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.


GEN KELSANG THARPA is a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and a senior teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition who has been teaching Modern Buddhism in Spain, Portugal and England for over 30 years. He has great ability to convey the profound Buddhist path of wisdom and compassion with clarity and the depth that comes from his personal experience. Both beginners and more senior students enjoy Gen Tharpa’s profound understanding of Dharma as well as his simplicity, wise counsel and good sense of humour. He is a living example of how to practice the Kadampa way of life in the modern world.

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!