The AlpenRetreat Video
9/04/2014 - 23/04/2014 - Arrival starting 12:00 AM, Departure till 12:00 AM
Insight Meditation is a practice which can deepen our potential for kindness and understanding. Through the development of our innate capacity to be present in each moment with an open-hearted attention to our experience, our heart and mind can awaken to a depth of peace and clarity that liberates us from the power of greed, hatred and confusion.
The practice tends to begin with a steadying of attention on the sensations of breathing and the body. From there, one can open to include more and more of one’s experience within the field of mindfulness or present-moment awareness. This enables insight into the true nature of what causes suffering and the path to its ending. Such clear-seeing fosters both wisdom and compassion.
Also known as vipassana, Insight Meditation derives from a 2500 year-old Buddhist tradition with deep and immediate relevance to life today. It is accessible and appropriate for people of any religious affiliation or none.
4:00 am – Wake up. A gong will sound to wake you up. Please turn on your light so we know you are awake.
6:30 am – Breakfast (the gong will sound)
11:30 am – Lunch (the gong will sound)
6:00 pm – Soya milk drinks will be brought to your room around 6:00 pm
10:00 pm – Bed time
Tea, coffee and water is provided in the eating area.
Please advise the teacher if you have any medical conditions we need to be aware of, or if you have any problems or questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
What is expected of you
During the course participants are asked to adhere to the eight Buddhists precepts.
1. To abstain from killing any living creature.
2. To abstain from taking what has not been given.
3. To abstain from any sexual activity.
4. To abstain from bad speech, i.e, telling lies, gossiping or bad language.
5. To abstain from taking intoxicants. (drugs or alcohol).
6. To abstain from eating solid foods after 12 midday.
7. To abstain from sensual entertainment (Dancing, singing, listening to music, entertainments,using perfumes, jewellery etc.
8. To abstain from sleeping in high and luxurious beds.
The courses are conducted in noble silence.
Please from you practice with any other, if you have any questions or difficulties you always speak with the teacher or the assistant.
This is a non-profiting project.
Our aim is to share this meditation practice to as many people as possible so they can benefit from the Truth and Insight that arises from one’s practice.
We would like to inform you of the daily cost of the accommodation, food which is estimated at 50-60 € per person on a daily basis. This amount covers hiring of venue, staff and cleaning, cooking and preparation of breakfast and lunch, cooking utensils, all drinks including water and soya milks, the hire of transport for teachers, all set up costs like advertising and printing, cushions, mats, timers, clothes and internet usage. Your help and generosity would be greatly appreciated to help us cover these costs.
Any donations given for the teaching is much appreciated as the teachers work on a volunteer basis.
Thank you for your support.
What to Bring
Please bring with you some white clothing If possible.
A countdown timer if possible.
Toiletries: Soap etc.
Martin has been studying Vipassana and practicing this style of vipassana meditation for over 10 years. Has assisted Thanat and Phra Ofer. In 2008 martin was asked by his teacher to try and set up a venue for vipassana meditation in the mountainous region of Pai. Thanks to the kindness of Kun Charlie and Lek who own Pai Laguna Martin was able to rent the venue and start the first vipassana teaching in the style of our venerable teacher Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo. Martin has also organised and taught retreats in Northern Italy and England. He is currently teaching in Pai Laguna.
Date: 9/04/2014 - 23/04/2014 - Arrival starting 12:00 AM, Departure till 12:00 AM
Course language: English
+43 680 5544324 (Office)
+43 680 5055150 (Wolfgang)
How to find us
- 30min drive from the German border, 1 ½ hr from Italy and 1 hr from Switzerland to the AlpenRetreat on the Tyrolean Fernpass
- airport Memmingen (München West) Within 1 hour 20min drive and Innsbruck airport within 50min drive, Munich airport 2 hr drive
- bus connections from the surrounding cities directly to our doorstep
- 5 train stations within 30 min drive: Lermoos, Imst/Pitztal, Garmisch-Patenkirchen and Reutte.
- airport pick up and drop off is possible (a fee will apply)
Located on the Tyrolean Fernpass, in the north-west of Austria, close to the German border the AlpenRetreat is easily reached via the Fernpassstrasse B179 (E532).
At the top of the Fernpass (Fernpasshöhe) there is a petrol station named "Dolle". Opposite of it on the other side of the street is a roadside restaurant (Fernpaß Rast), a red building, and a big yellow building (the former Fernpass hotel). Follow the small street between the restaurant and the yellow house for about 200m and you have reached the AlpenRetreat.
Places connected by the Fernpassstraße
Füssen – Reutte – Heiterwang – Lermooser Tunnel – Fernpass (AlpenRetreat) – Nassereith. At the border-tunnel in Füssen the Fernpassstrasse connects with the federal highway 310 and the A 7. In Nassereith it merges into the B 189 along the Inntal (Inn valley) in direction south-east towards Telfs and in south-west direction towards Imst.
In winter it is compulsory in Austria to have winter tires on your car. Although the Fernpassstrasse is well maintained and therefore easily accessible, sometimes the streets can still be covered in snow. In exceptional cases snow chains may be required (very rarely). If you are coming with a rental car, make sure it is equipped with winter tires (the rental company is obliged to provide this).
For train connections inside Austria please check www.oebb.at/en (closest train stations "Imst/Pitztal", "Lermoos", "Reutte")
For train connections from/to Germany please check www.bahn.com/en (closest train stations "Imst/Pitztal", "Lermoos", "Reutte")
Time tables and ticket reservation inside Tirol : www.vvt.at/en (closest bus stop to the AlpenRetreat is "Hotel Fernpasshöhe" or "Nassereith-Postplatz").
Time tables and ticket reservation from/to Munich: www.meinfernbus.de/en (closest bus stop is train station "Garmisch/Partenkirchen")
AlpenRetreat Transfer- und Pick-up Service
Our pick up service is meant for arrivals where public transportation is not possible anymore. Please try to reach Lermoos, Nassereith or Imst on your own.
Train station Lermoos: 20€*
Bus station Nassereith-Postplatz: 20€*
*The prices are per direction (pick-up- or drop-off) per car. If more guests share a car, the costs are divided between them.
Distance: 64 km
By car from the airport: aprox. 55min
By bus from the airport: Take the bus line F at the airport to the main train station in Innsbruck (Innsbrucker Hauptbahnhof), from there take the "Regionalbus" directly to the bus station "Nassereith Postplatz" or "Hotel Fernpasshöhe" aprox. 1 h 10 min. Time table on www.vvt.at/en
By train from Innsbruck: From "Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof" (main train station) to train station "Imst/Pitztal". Time table on www.oebb.at/en
Distance: 118 km
By car from the Airport: aprox. 1h 20min
Take the bus to the Memmingen train station. From there you can take a train to Lermoos via Kempten and Reutte. Please check the time table on www.bahn.com/en
Distance: 161 km
By car from the airport: aprox. 55min
By bus from the airport: You can get on www.meinfernbus.de/en (big green bus) directly at the terminal. It goes to Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station. From there you can take the train to Lermoos or
Bus ticket and time table on www.meinfernbus.de/en
By train from the airport: Go via train to Munich main train station (München Hauptbahnhof). From there take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and onward to Lermoos or Ehrwald.