Our Internal Alchemy retreat is the first part of Burgs transformational Energy training programme. Over 7 days he will be offering a unique combination of internal and external energy work at our stunning retreat centre in the French Pyrenees mountains, the perfect location for this kind of deep transformational work.
The aim of this retreat is to provide a total all systems recharge with the focus on conditioning, strengthening and detoxing the physical, mental and energetic structures of the body. The retreat will combine intensive chi kung, yoga and breathing practices with meditation, dietary regimes and outdoor pursuits.
This retreat will appeal to those whose are aspiring to get more out of themselves in life by tapping into a higher capacity and are willing to work hard to achieve that. The week will provide an opportunity to unwind and decompress before recharging and rebooting.
When we extend ourselves beyond our mental and physical limits for a sustained period we gradually erode our resilience and enter into deeper levels of stress. At this point we often find ourselves struggling to stay on top; it is a bit like asking a car to run on full capacity day and night without taking it in for a service. Through the disciplines of internal alchemy we not only overhaul our entire system, but significantly raise our output levels. In effect it is an all-in-one reboot, full service and tune up to a higher level of performance.
Meditation Retreat Dates:
22nd – 29th April 2017
Arrival time: 5pm on arrival date (or whenever direct flight arrives)
Finish time: 10am on finish date (or whenever direct flight departs)
Duration: 7 days
Level: Open to all levels
Venue: Dhamma Vihara, France
Suggested Age: Under 45’s (please email us if you are interested and are over 45).
Price: £400 shared room and board.
Limited availability for single rooms.
Teachings are offered on donation.
As the work will involve a balance between intensive physical conditioning and disciplines, as well as mental purification and meditation practice, it will be necessary to be in good state of physical and mental health as a basis for this work. As such we are offering this retreat to the under 45’s.
Although the work will bring about deep healing and purification it should not be seen as a healing practice per se.
Anyone wishing to address core health issues should attend our foundation retreat first.
It is not necessary to have attended one of Burgs’s retreats nor have had experience in these practices before although we will ask you to fill in an application form.
7.30-8.30am Breakfast and free time
9.00-10.00 Instruction / guided Chi Kung.
10.00-11.00 Walk/ rest
11.00-1.00pm Yoga / Breath work.
1.00-3.00pm Lunch, break, rest/walk
3.00-4.00 Internal Alchemy meditation and chi kung
4.00- 5.45 Outdoor Practice ( different exercises daily)
6-00-6-30 Breath/chi kung forms work
6.30-7.30 Tea /Rest/
7.30-8.30 Discourse/ lecture setting up night time
The costs for retreat are broken into two parts:
1. Covering the costs for your food and board.
2. Donation to Burgs for the teachings he shares (this amount is given at your discretion).
The venue has a range of rooms which mostly all en suite. These include single rooms (limited availability), twin share rooms and 3 or 4 person shared rooms.
Hermitage fixed price £700
Single room en suite fixed price of £600
Single room shared bathroom fixed price of £550
Shared room en suite fixed price of £400
Dorm shared bathroom £350
Camping £300 (bring your own equipment – please enquire during booking process to see if this is possible)
A deposit of £100 is required to confirm your booking on this retreat. Without this we can not guarantee your place on retreat.
This is a non-refundable deposit, but can be transferred to another of our retreats within six months of your initial selected retreat date.
Please note that single rooms will be prioritised to those who are sick and working with an illness. Again please enquire during booking process.
Also note that all of the costs for food and accommodation go to the venue.
Please note that there is a (approx £35) transfer fee to cover costs. The charge will cover both pick-up and drop-off journey.
Donation for Teachings:
Since Burgs started to teach meditation in Asia, he has always offered teachings on dana (donation basis). You will be invited to make a donation to the teacher at the end of the retreat (anonymously if you so wish). This is a way of expressing our gratitude for the teachings that we have received, and a way to support both the teacher and the teachings so that they can carry on being offered to others. It is an important part of the retreat to take time to reflect on your experience whilst on retreat, and you are invited to make your own reflections on the value of what you have learned and so give accordingly.
We do try and support those who really are in financial difficulty and are unable to commit to the full suggested donation amount for shared accommodation. If you feel you qualify for this, then please email us about this during the booking process. Please note we would normally offer concessionary rates to attend retreats in the UK and not France.
Please note deposits are generally non-refundable (under special circumstances we will refund you at our discretion). You can cancel anytime up to 4 weeks before the retreat starts and we will transfer your deposit to another event. If you cancel within 4 weeks of the event, then there may be a cancellation charge.
The basis for the successful practice of meditation is sīla (moral conduct). It is extremely difficult to develop strong concentration (samadhi) and Insight (panna), while our mind is unrestrained and disorganised. When the Buddha taught meditation he suggested that those hoping to make real progress adhere to a simple code of conduct that supports their endeavours. While on retreat we will likewise follow these same guidelines.
It is our aim to offer retreats which enable the student to develop and deepen their practice in the most supported environment possible. As such, each student is asked to observe a few simple rules so that they may get the most out of their time on retreat.
Noble Silence is one of these rules.
– It is a key part of this experience and will be maintained for 6 full days of the retreat. The final afternoon on the last full day will be an opportunity to slowly start to come out of retreat mode.
– Although many people find the idea of remaining silent quite daunting at first, almost all find that it adds considerably to the whole experience of being on retreat.
– The main aim of this practice is to allow the internal mindfulness of the student to develop over the week allowing them to be undistracted during their retreat.
– There will of course be opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification from the teacher or any of his assistants at appropriate times.
Below are the various aspects of Noble Silence we ask you to follow:
– Handing in Mobile Phones. All participants are asked to hand in their mobile phones at the start of the retreat (after supper on arrival day). To be secluded from your daily life for a period of time allows you to fully engage with the teachings being shared.
– If there is a need to be contactable due to special circumstances such as family illness etc. then an emergency phone number can be provided. Please discuss this with the assistant upon arrival.
– No talking to or distracting of other students. Many people find it hard to take time away from busy lives to do retreat. If you feel you are struggling with the silence then you can always speak to one of the assistants who can help you with this.
– No reading or writing of diaries/journals is permitted during the 6 days of noble silence. You can make notes and write in your diaries once we have broken silence on day 6.
– No physical contact with anyone is permitted as this disturbs all parties involved.
– Eye contact should be avoided within reason. Seeking to distract people while on your retreat is something that we advise against as this disturbs both you and the other person(s) involved.
The basic tenets with which we follow to setup a conducive environment for you to learn meditation are as follows:
– To abstain from killing any living being – all meals will be vegetarian during the week.
– To abstain from taking what is not given – all basic requirements will be provided for during your stay such as food.
– To abstain from sexual activity – male and female students will have separate rooms for sleeping accommodation during the retreat.
– To abstain from untruthfulness – noble silence will be observed for 6 days of the retreat.
– To abstain from all intoxicants – no smoking, alcohol or other drug use will be permitted. Please inform us of any prescribed drugs you will be using whilst on retreat (during booking process).
We will provide a pick-up and drop off from Perpignan train station / airport for those arriving and leaving at the start and end of the retreat.
There will be a cost incurred for this pick-up. It is approx. £35 per retreat, but we will confirm this with you prior to the start date.
Otherwise you must make your way to Arles-sur-Tech and from there we will pick you up.
Please ask us for seasonal travel options as we’ll know what the best route is depending on the time of year.
Vegetarian super-food diet.
Please let us know of any allergies you might have during the booking process. We will do our best to cater for these.
Dhamma Vihara is a small but spacious hamlet situated on the South facing slope of the Massif of Mount Canigou, in France, not far from the Spanish border.
Surrounded by natural forest, the retreat centre is a stone and wood group of ancient buildings, carefully restored and renovated.
Inside the property’s boundaries one can find an ancient stone circle (Cromlech) and adventurous trails between enormous boulders and ageless Oaks. Dhamma Vihara is only a stone’s throw from the famous GR10 National Trail, the Pyrenees track connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean (a two months walk!).