Peace of mind

Hesså, Norway
19. – 22. of September

Most of us experience that our mind is not at peace.
It’s always occupied with something: planning, worrying, regrets and daydreaming.
It prevents us from being truly aware of the present moment.
It prevents us from being truly happy

In this retreat, we will dive into how we can attain a much more peaceful mind, in this complicated and busy life we live.

The cabins 50 m from the Mandal River

Why Hesså in Norway?

Hesså is the place where I my self retreat to, in the summer.
I have been there every year for some years now, and the quietness, the astonishing nature, the river and mountains have a huge impact on me, and makes me more calm.
The guys who runs the place are calm and very loving people themselves, which is crucial for me.

And it’s so easy to get there from Denmark.
You can leave your car in Hirtshals, Walk onboard the ferry, and when you set your foot on land in Kristiansand, there will be a minibus waiting to take you right to the door in Hesså, together with the other retreat participants.
Approx 1 hour of driving.
More details about this in the “More details” – sections at the bottom of this page.

Adventure Norway, Hesså

The teachings

As the topic for this retreat is Peace of Mind, we will start with exploring what peace of mind really is about.
We will look deep into concepts such as joy, happiness, gratefulness, excitements and cravings.
From there we will develop a deeper understanding of what can bring us peace of mind and what prevents us from it.

The meals

The food will be served as a buffet.
It will be vegetarian.
To enjoy the food properly, we eat in silence.
This is a very important practice, and when you get used to it, you will enjoy it deeply.

About me, Frank

I’m the founder and owner of zenbusiness, and Center for Yoga and Mindfulness.
I have taught mindfulness, zen and meditations for 11 years in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh.
I have about 30 stays at a zenbuddhists monastery behind me.
I have been applying this practise to my own life as much as possible.
I’m 58 years old, father of 4, former musician, composer and teacher.
I’m trained and educated at European Institute for Applied Buddhism, which is one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s monasteries.
My teacher there and also my friend is the acknowledged zen monk Thay Phap An.

Price

The price is 5900 Dk Kr
That is inclusive accommodation, food, minibus, and course fee.
The ferry to Kristiansand from Denmark is not included.
Read more about how you get to Kristiansand from Denmark at the bottom of this page, in the “more about…” section.
You can split the price in 3 if you want.
And if you’re quick, you can save money by being one of the first 4 signing up.
If someone else is going to pay for you, we can of course send an invoice.
When you click on the “Sign me in” button, you get the different options for paying

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Who is it for?

If you can see yourself in a peaceful enviroment, which help you to be aware of what is going on in the moment, and being curious about your mind, then this retreat is for you.
You can come as an experienced practitioner and you can come as an complete beginner.

Program

Thursday
15.30
Pick up at the dock in Kristiansand by minibus, and directly to Hesså
16.30 Welcome to the Location, Adventure Norway
18.00 Supper
19.30 Evening program

Friday and Saturday

6.00 – 7.00 Morning Chi Gong and Thai Chi by the riverside
7.00 – 7.30: Sitting meditation
7.30 Breakfast ( When you’ve finished your breakfast you can leave the Noble Silence.
9.30 Guided meditation and Dharmatalk (a talk about the practice and the understanding of zen)
11.00 – 11.45 Walking meditation ( A very slow way of walking, in which you become really aware of what is going on around you.
12.00 Lunch
14.30 – Deep relaxation ( a guided lying meditation which will relax your body deeply)
15.30 – 17.30: Activities: e.g. Walking, Sharing, Thai Chi, Free time…
18.00 Supper
1930 – 21.00 Evening program
21.30 – Noble Silence

Sunday

6.00 – 7.00 Morning Chi Gong and Thai Chi by the riverside
7.00 – 7.30: Sitting meditation
7.30 Breakfast ( When you’ve finished your breakfast you can leave the Noble Silence.
9.30 Guided meditation and Dharmatalk
11.00 – 11.45 Walking meditation
12.00 Lunch

The bus leaves for Kristiansand at 14.30

 

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The morning exercise

In zen-buddhism we are convinced that if you want a peaceful mind, you also need to have a “peaceful” body.
Body and Mind can not be separated.
The morning exercise will be held at the riverside, with a very beautiful view. (If the weather permits)
The exercises will be Qigong and Tai Chi, which in fact is a part of zen.
The movement are mostly slowly and focused, and everyone can do it.

The meditations

You will experience several meditations during the retreat.
In the morning, after the exercises, we will just sit without guidance.
Later there will be a longer meditation which is guided.
All the meditations on this retreat is about connecting to your self, what is going on inside and outside in the very moment.
It’s not about connecting to something religious or spiritual, but it is instead about being more aware of your own mind and feelings.

The activities

Depending on the weather, we will have several walks in silence.
Some not so long, but very slow.
Some longer and in a more normal speed.
Maybe we will do some more Qigong.
Maybe we will share something with each other.
And at some point, I will lead you to a very special, hidden place in the woods, up the mountain 🙂

The ground on which this retreat stands

This program is based on a Zen Buddhist practice and understanding.
The teachings are according to Thich Nhat Hanh and the 5 Mindfulness Trainings which I received 8 years ago.

Accomodations

The location for the retreat is Adventure Norway, which has some very fine facilities.
Some of the cabins are very close to the Mandal river.
There are different options for you to choose.
We will use several locations for our activities, but all in a short walking range.
Read much more about accomodation by clicking here

Feel free to ask

Do you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call or write.
Hvis du er dansk, snakker vi selvfølgelig dansk 🙂
Send mail by clicking here

Or Call 0045 4068 9961

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More about the Retreat

The last day at the retreat you will receive a certificate

The food will be vegetarian style.
As our chef Irena is spanish, you can look forward to well prepared spanish dishes.
At lunch we will read the Contemplations before Eating.
You can see them below:

 

New Contemplations before eating:

This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.
May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.
May we recognize and transform unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed and learn to eat with moderation.
May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet.
We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our Sangha, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.

The price is 5900 all incl. (exl. ferry)
You can pay in 3 rates 

1.967 Dkkr at sign up.
Next two payments (1.967 kr each) one month apart.

There’s a Early Birdie for the first 4 to sign up.
Save 400 Dkkr

You can take the 12.15 Colorline Ferry from Hirtshals.
You can leave your car in Hirtshals, as we have a minibus picking you up at the dock in Kristiansand.
To use that option, take the ferry departing at 12.15.
The price is (when I checked the 30. of maj), is 245 dk kr each way.

The ferry home for Kristiansand departs at 16.30 and will be in Hirtshals at 19.45

It’s also possible to fly to Kristiansand (fx. directly from Copenhagen)
Planning your flight schedule please observe pick-up the 19. at around 16.30, and drop off the 22. around 15.30.

Otherwise the address is
Adventure Norway
Hessåveien 71,
4536 Bjelland
Go to Colorline’s website here: 

Cancellation policy: 
70% refund until 2 months prior to the event
50% refund until 1 month prior to the event
No refund past 1 month leading to the event
Minimum 5 participants

Please bring clothes that can keep you warm and dry as we want to benefit so much as possible form the astoning beautiful nature around us.
So much as the weather allows us.

Please bring comfortable warm clothing – for the meditation and the exercises.

Some like to take notes during the dharmatalks, please remember things for that.

Please refrain from drinking alkohol.
Please refrain from sexual activity.
Please keep you phone in your room – exept for taking pictures.
Please be quiet when there’s supposed to be silence; At meals, during walks, meditations and during Noble Silence from 21.30 – after breakfast