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.


From 13th to 15th march 2020

Retreat with gen Kelsang Rigden

  • At IRC Menorca. International Retreat Centre, Sa Roca. Es Mercadal
  • You can come to single sessions.

About this retreat


We are delighted to have the presence of Gen Kelsang Rigden to guide this retreat in which we will learn to meditate on a beautiful poem that is one of the most prized Buddhist scriptures, Training the mind in eight steps.

The difference between an unhappy life and a meaningful life lies mainly in the way we respond to different situations. In reality, problems only appear when we react with a negative attitude to difficulties.The meditations of training the mind teach us how to transform all circumstances, whether adverse or favorable, into valuable opportunities to progress in our personal development and achieve the peace and happiness we all desire.This Buddhist wisdom has inspired many people over almost a millennium. Its effectiveness transcends the boundaries of time and today more than ever it will help us make our busy modern life truly meaningful.

Any person, whether Buddhist or not, can benefit from the wisdom of these teachings and be inspired by these precious meditations.

Everyone is welcome!


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

“ The result of an unbridled pursuit of happiness from external sources is that our planet is being destroyed and our lives are becoming more complicated and dissatisfying. It is time we sought happiness from a different source. Happiness is a state of mind, so the real source of happiness must lie within the mind, not in external conditions. If our mind is pure and peaceful we shall be happy, regardless of our external circumstances, but if it is impure and unpeaceful we can never be truly happy, no matter how hard we try to change our external conditions. We could change our home or our partner countless times, but until we change our restless, discontented mind we shall never find true happiness”.

“The new eight steps to happiness”- Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rimpoché

In this retreat you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn to transform difficulties into opportunities.
  • Develop your love and compassion towards others.
  • Discover a method to be happy and make others happy.
  • Learn to meditate or deepen your knowledge of meditation.
  • Get to know our International Retreat Center in the beautiful island of Menorca.

Booking & Information

  • 13-15 MARCH 2020
  • The retreat starts on Friday  13th at 18:30h with the dinner for those staying at the Centre 
  • Introduction will be Friday 13th at 20:00h
  • The retreat finishes on th 15th after lunch.
  • There is no need of registration for single sessions


(includes accommodation, meals and teaching)

Single room: 164 € per room
Double room: 280 € per room (if you don’t have someone to share with, sign up for the quadruple)
Quadruple room: 124,00€ per person
Camping: 96,00€ per person (not offered during autumn-winter)
Only teachings: 54€
Only teachings with food: 70€


Single session 8€
Lunch 9€
Dinner 7€



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:


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 Rigden is a Buddhist monk who dedicates his life to helping people solve their daily problems through the practice of meditation and modern Buddhism. He is currently the principal teacher of KMC Deauchen, Sintra, Portugal. His example of closeness, sense of humor and clarity in exposing the teachings encourages us to practice meditation and apply the Buddha’s advice in our lives with sincerity.

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!