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Meditation: Between Psychological Development and Spiritual Growth

  • Nov 13
    Friday Nov 13, 2020 - Wednesday Nov 18, 2020
    (Start time Fri 16:00 CET - End time Wed 14:00 CET)
    • VAT-Free
    Akincano Weber, Yuka Nakamura
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    30% deposit option now available, once registered, please select 'pay deposit' at the checkout.

    Price Options:

    1. Single: €600

    2. Shared:€540

    Please note that single rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis, however we have reserved a limited number of single rooms for people with medical needs, for more details please contact our coordinator.


    Buddhist textual meditation instructions originate from a pre-psychological epoch. In contrast, people of our time understand meditation and their own inner process primarily in psychological terms. This course offers a reflection on the contemplative path from a psychological perspective – led by  a psychologist and a psychotherapist – both meditation teachers for many years.  Together, we will look at the questions: what exactly happens when we meditate? How do modern day practitioners find their way through pre-psy­cho­logical meditation in­struc­tions? Do different temperaments respond differently to specific forms of me­di­tation? What can go wrong? How are needs different from desires? Does spiritual practice really pro­tect against neu­rosis? How can practitioners avoid side-stepping indispensable de­velop­men­tal stages in their meditation practice? The course offers clarification and orientation where notions of psychological development and traditional perspectives of spiritual growth interplay.

    This study and practice retreat is for experienced meditators, and it will include lectures, group work, contemplative exercises and meditation practice. Parts of it will be conducted in silence. 

    This is a graduate course, open to all who have previously participated in Bodhi College retreats or completed one of our extended courses. Places are also available to experienced students who have familiarity with the core teachings of the Buddha and are committed to the practice of dharma. Psychological and therapeutic under­stan­ding is desirable.

    Event Details


    This retreat is offered on a dana basis – you will be asked to make an additional monetary donation at the end of the course to support the livelihood of the teacher

    Additional Information:

    • For experienced practitioners
    • Participants are asked to contribute 1 hour of work a day, in order to help with the running of the retreat
    • Periods of silent meditation practice, as well as teachings and study
    • Accommodation in shared and single rooms. Maximum of 3 students per shared bedroom.  In the majority of cases you will share with 1 other student. 
    • All meals included – vegetarian food with the possibility of catering for special diets
    • If paying a deposit – balance to be paid no later than 4 weeks before the module start
    • A limited number of Bursary places are available for this course


    AkincanoAKINCANO M. WEBER is a Swiss Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist (MA). A former monk, he has lived and practised for 20 years in European and Thai Forest monasteries. Particular interests are early Buddhist texts, stillness and contemplative psychology. He is the guiding teacher of Atammaya Cologne, Germany, part of the CPP programme and of several Mindfulness teacher training courses, and teaches meditation and Buddhist Psychology in secular and traditional contexts in Europe and overseas. 

    YUKA NAKAMURA has practised Buddhist meditation in different traditions since 1993, has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and is a certified MBSR-teacher. Trained as a Buddhist meditation teacher by Fred von Allmen she teaches meditation at Beatenberg (Switzerland), Gaia House (UK), Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA) and other places. Yuka offers MBSR-courses and MBI-trainings at the CFM Zentrum für Achtsamkeit (CH).



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