Deep rest meditation retreat 29.10.-4.11.2017

Resting and Receiving Life Beyond Ideas

We are happy to offer the fourth Open Dharma deep rest meditation retreat in Finland, with Odelia Weinberg-Peri teaching!

Odelia has been practicing and teaching yogaodelia and meditation for nearly 20 years, among them several fruitful years in India involved with OpenDharma and Jaya Ashmore. A mother to three young children, Odelia feels inspired by intuitive and creative integration of traditional practices with the focusing approach for transformation, healing and heartfulness. Odelia lives in Israel with her partner and their children.

Just as literal rest allows the body and mind to renew themselves, so deep rest also drops us into direct and non-conceptual awareness. This contact with aliveness feeds a natural opening to deep mbear sleeping_350cmykeditation, where old habit-energies are resolved without the intense drama that occurs when we are forcing things. Life beyond ideas leaves room for spacious joy and powerful shifts that make a real difference in our lives, and allows each of us to discover the feel of her or his own unfolding path.

The retreat is held in silence. In addition to instructions, Odelia will give a daily Dharma talk and opportunity for one-to-one meetings. All the teaching will be in English. Participants are encouraged to try lying down for meditation, but sitting is also fine. The retreat also includes walking meditation, work meditation, connected yoga as well as optional meditative singing.

The retreat is appropriate for people at all experience levels or with no meditation experience.

The price of the retreat is 250€, which includes food, accommodatin and basic expenses only. The teachings and the managing are offered on donation basis. At the end of the retreat you will be welcome to express your gratitude and generosity towards the teacher offering her teachings and support, as well as towards the managers. Because it is our wish to welcome everyone regardless of their financial situation, you can ask for a lower price if you need to, or pay more than the basic price if you feel like supporting the ones with less income.

To register, you can apply by filling in the application form and paying the registration fee. Here’s details about practicalities and instructions on how to register.

You can ask more from, or from Tuulikki Hukka (+358 50 432 9241, application and payment) or Anna Backholm (+358 40 536 2946, other questions).

From participants of previous Open Dharma retreats:

“My own practice has been deeply insprired by the Open Dharma teachers and approach. For me this has offered a deep way of opening body, heart and mind; an escape from extensive doing and trying to achieve in meditation; encouragement in finding my own path; and trust in a more intuitive way of guiding my practice and my life, and in letting processes unfold by themselves.”
– Anna Backholm

“When I first heard Jaya’s dharmatalks, she spoke in a language that reached my heart, not my head. I did several retreats with her. And slowly my analytical brain, that wanted to understand, fell asleep. Cause Jaya encouraged us to lie down. Which was new to me. I used to sit straight, analyze, focus, visualize and trying to be clear. Lying down I fell asleep. I was dizzy in my head. I couldn’t get grip on my mind.
         But then, after a few days, when I came up from a deep rest, the world looked differently. The light fell so beautifully through the windows. The trees were glowing. The birds were singing. And under that was a deep silence, that I had never experienced before. The whole world resonated through me. I went to Jaya. Is this real, I asked. Yes, she said, without any doubt.
          When I gave up the control and my wish to understand everything, I found something much deeper. A deep wise love. That wasn’t something that I could achieve or find. But that comes to me when I surrender to life.
           That is what Open Dharma teaches. No method, no goal. Rest. Surrender to life how it is right now. Be available to life.”
− Nanda, Holland

Everyone is warmly welcome!

Anna and Tuulikki