Open Dharma deep rest meditation retreat 3.-8.12.2016

Allowing ourselves to be loved by everything

We are happy to offer the third Open Dharma ( retreat in Finland!
Please note that the teachers have changed from what was told before. Now we have Odelia Weinberg-Peri teaching at the venue. Also Jaya Ashmore, who has taught a retreat with us in Finland twice, will participate in the teaching – online from India.

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.


Jaya has led meditation retreats since 1999 to encourage people from around the world to live an awakened life. She draws on her decades of experience in Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as in non-dual Advaita, yoga, deep ecology, and modern somatic disciplines. Other influences on her teaching are her youth in a Christian family, long-time friendship with her spiritual friends in India, and twenty years of practicing Permaculture and Jin Shin Jyutsu, a Japanese art of harmony. She has lived most of her adult life in India.

During the retreat, the teachers will encourage deep rest* and a genuine inquiry from the heart. Bathing in noble silence, and with the beauty and power of practicing together as a group, the days will include guided and silent meditations, connected walks and movement, inspiring talks, one-to-one meetings with teachers, and singing meditation.

*The practise of deep rest brings us to a place of complete relaxation within, where we can find a fresh source of wisdom, and embrace life without limits. From this place, fluidity, joy, and awakening, might flourish.

“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 processesbear sleeping_350cmyk unfold by themselves. ”
– Anna Backholm, main manager of this Finland retreat

“My hand softly held while I find my way back home…”
Bodhi, a participant of an Open Dharma retreat

The retreat is appropriate for people at all experience levels or with no meditation experience. All the teachings will be in English.

The price of the retreat is 210€, which includes food, accomodation, 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 teachers offering their 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 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 Markku Ilo (+358 40 413 6833, application and payment) or Anna Backholm (+358 40 5362 946, other questions).

Everyone is warmly welcome!

Anna and Markku