Special Summer 2020 · Silence Retreat 

Wisdom of the middle way | Beyond the eight extremes 

with Gen Kelsang Tharpa

21 – 28 August

About this event


In truth all our suffering is rooted in our ignorance which traps us in deluded unbalanced extreme thoughts and emotions. We naturally perceive and believe these extreme perceptions and experiences to be true and so never find what we are looking for and always are prone to suffer dissatisfaction and frustration, anxiety and depression. We continually grasp at the extremes of true existence or nonexistence of ourself and others in general, and at the extremes of production and cessation, permanence and impermanence, singularity or plurality and going and coming, in particular circumstances and situations.

In this retreat we will emphasize meditations on the ultimate truth of all phenomena, this middle way allows us to gradually find mental balance, true peace and happiness and transform our life into the path to actual liberation. These meditations are extremely practical and easy ways to understand the truth and find meaning in our daily life. Suitable for everyone, whether you are new to Buddhist meditation or already have some experience.


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

“For a qualified meditator single-pointedly absorbed on emptiness, there is no difference between production and disintegration, impermanence and permanence, going and coming, singularity and plurality; everything is equal in emptiness, and all problems caused by attachment, hatred and self-grasping  ignorance are solved. In this experience, everything becomes very peaceful and comfortable, balanced and harmonious, joyful and wonderful. There is no heat, no cold, no higher no lower, no here, no there, no self no other, no samsara- everything is equal in the peace of emptiness”.

“New eight steps to happiness” – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

In this retreat you will have the opportunity to

  • Enjoy a retreat on “Training the mind in eight steps”
  • Go beyond all your illusory daily problems and connect with the special freedom  and happiness of the wisdom realizing emptiness.
  • Special meditations on emptiness that free your heart.
  • Bring to your heart the teachings received during the Summer Festival.
  • Learn how to integrate these precious instructions into your daily life.
  • Meet our International Menorca Retreat Center.


In this retreat the teachings and prayers will be in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish. We can also offer translation to other languages previous request and depending on availability of a translator.

Bookings & Information



Before booking your accommodation, please first contact bookings@meditaenmenorca.org to find out about availability and health measures to be taken.


From 21st to 28th August

The retreat begins on Friday, August 21st with the introduction and ends on Friday, August 28th with lunch.



Double room ensuite:  360€

Shared room (4  people): 315€

Marquee: 270€

Camping: 220€


Teachings with lunch and supper: 160€

Teachings with lunch: 140€

Only teachings: 105€

Single sessions: 8€



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.


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:




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


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


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.

Menorca IRC 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, Menorca IRC is an ideal place. We offer solo retreats and national and international group retreats. Every year we invite international teachers from other centers to come and lead a retreat.

Everyone is welcome, do not miss this opportunity!

The Teacher

Gen Kelsang Tharpa, Resident Teacher of Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre, is a close disciple of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He has been teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over thirty years throughout the world. His powerful and poetic style of expounding the profound Buddhist teachings brings lucidity and clarity to beginners and experienced practitioners.

Gen Tharpa is well loved by his disciples for his humility, wise advice, discipline, warmth and humour. He is a living example of the Kadampa way of life and an extraordinary teacher.


This Summer 2020 we offer a very special Event. Right after the Summer Festival 2020 you have the opportunity to spend the rest of your spiritual holidays in Menorca IRC. We offer an opportunity to combine a Post-Festival Retreat guided by Gen Togden with a very special silent retreat guided by Gen Tharpa. Between the two retreats you will have the time to enjoy a short five-day holiday.


Special Offer: 50% Discount for five nights accommodation. 

Reservations for the two complete retreats will have a 50% discount for the accommodation from the 16th to the 21st (five nights).

Do not miss this opportunity to enjoy a meaningful holiday!

Please note that:

  • This offer is valid only for people attending the two complete retreats who have booked accommodation and meals. In this case accommodation from 16th to 21st is offered at half price.
  • Half Price accommodation offer DOES NOT include any meals.

Book Special Summer 2020 (includes both retreats)