Black Forest retreat

Nourishing the Body, Freeing the Mind & Heart:
Mindful Iyengar Yoga and Embodied Insight (Vipassana) Meditation

Join us for a six days of silent retreat for nourishing the body and freeing the mind and heart in a beautiful location in the Black Forest (Germany)

  • Dates: 13-19, September, 2021

  • Arrival on the 13 of Sep until 16:00. 
  • Departure: 19 of Sep. 14:00 (after lunch)
  • Place: Haus Hollerbühl


This retreat is a unique integration of Iyengar Yoga with traditional Insight meditation (Vipassana); an integration of movement and stillness.

Through the flow of mindful yoga, the practice of mindfulness in sitting and walking meditation, we will cultivate grounded, embodied and open presence as the foundation for inner clarity and liberating insight. Developing these beautiful inner qualities and nourishing the body, incline our mind and heart to awake in the midst of our life, to be deeply connected to our experience, and yet not to be bound by it.

The retreat environment will allow us to focus our attention by letting go of the external business and noise of our regular life by abstaining from reading, writing, speaking, and using cellphones and computers. The teachers will be there for guiding and answering any questions which will arise. To avoid distractions and wasting energy by chatting, we’ll observe Nobel Silence from the morning of the 6th and until the morning of the 10th  (excluding questions during the yoga sessions and the talks and personal questions to the teachers).


Who can participate?

This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators of insight (mindfulness) meditation and yoga practitioners with at least two years of experience, preferably in the Iyengar yoga method.

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Who are the teachers?

The retreat will be taught by two Israeli senior teachers:

Keren Arbel, PhD

Keren has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997. She also holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies from Tel Aviv University.
Keren is a Dhamma teacher in the Israeli Insight Meditation Society (“Tovana”), where she teaches retreats on mindfulness, insight (vipassana) meditation and Metta (Loving Kindness). She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University, where she teaches Buddhist philosophy and psychology. In her dharma practice she is drawn to intensive silent retreats. Since 2010 Keren dedicates two months each year for intensive silent self-retreats.
Keren published two books: The Saying of the Buddha (Tel Aviv University Press) and Early Buddhist Meditation: the Four Jhanas as the actualization of Insight (published by Routledge).
Her meditative training, combined with an ongoing dialogue with the Buddhist wisdom, informs her teaching. She emphasizes curiosity, playfulness and joyful approach to meditation practice as a way to free the mind and heart.

Eyal Shifroni, PhD

Eyal studies and practices Iyengar yoga for about 35 years. Eyal is a senior Iyengar yoga teacher (holds a Senior Intermediate level III certificate) and teaches yoga for more than 30 years. Eyal regularly conducts workshop in Israel and all around the world, teacher training courses in his center in Israel, and as one of the most senior teachers in Israel, he is active in the certification process of teachers in the Israeli Iyengar Yoga Association. Eyal is author of 5 books about yoga, including A Chair for Yoga and (his last book) The Psychophysical Lab – Yoga Practice and the Mind-Body Problem.


What will be the structure of the retreat?

We will follow the usual format of a silent insight meditation (Vipassana) retreat with substantial Iyengar yoga practice. Each day includes meditation instructions, periods of sitting and walking meditation, a long session of mindful Iyengar yoga before lunch and a shorter one before dinner. In the evening there will be a talk about the teachings of the Buddha who offered us a path to discover inner peace, freedom and a compassionate heart. The last meditation each day will be a guided Metta practice (loving-kindness meditation).

The Daily Schedule:

Sep. 13: 16:00 – arrival and rooms; 18:30 – dinner; 19:30 – opening talk

Sep. 14-18 (on the last day the program is until 13:00, and we’ll have a sumup discussion):

  • 06:00 – wake up
  • 06:30 – 07:15- sitting meditation
  • 07:15 – light breakfast
  • 08:15 – 09:15 instructions + sitting meditation
  • 09:15 – 09:45 – walking meditation
  • 09:45 – 10:15 – sitting meditation
  • 10:30 – 13:00 – asana
  • 13:00 – lunch
  • 15:15 – 16:00 – guided meditation
  • 16:00 – 16:30 – walking meditation
  • 16:30 – 17:00 – sitting meditation
  • 17:00 – 18:30 – asana + pranayama
  • 18:30 – dinner
  • 19:30 – 20:15 – talk on the Buddhist path
  • 20:15 – 21:15 – short walking and Metta (Loving Kindness) meditation
  • 21:30 – good night!


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