Retreats / Events

Going Deep into Freedom: A Vipassana and Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

At Pauenhof in Sonsbeck-Hamb near Düsseldorf, Germany

I am thrilled to offer this retreat in collaboration with Lila Kimhi. The retreat is a unique opportunity that weaves together the classical insight Vipassana retreat with the practices of Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Patanjali and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

We will deepen into the ancient and radical teachings of the Buddha for the liberation of the heart and mind, side by side with transformative Yoga practices.

Being in direct contact with life beyond ideas reveals depth and aliveness that can open us to the ease of being, clarity, energy, and wisdom that flourish in the body, the heart and the mind.

The retreat includes comprehensive instructions in Vipassana (Insight) and mindfulness meditation including guidance in sitting, walking, standing and reclining posture. Additionally there will be enquiries, a daily talk, and opportunities for one-to-one meetings with the teachers. This will intertwine with daily sessions of Yoga, morning Mysore-style (guided self-practice and led) and evening sessions of Yoga Nidra.

The retreat is held in silence except for the teachings, guided meditations and meetings with the teachers. The day starts at 6 am and finishes at 21.30 with a daily mindful work period (Karma Yoga).

This retreat is suitable for new and experienced practitioners in both meditation and yoga and will be offered in English. Please check with us about translation into German if needed.


There is an initial €50 registration fee. The further retreat costs cover accommodation and three healthy and nutritious vegetarian meals per day. These prices begin at €206 for using your own tent/mobile home or staying in the dorm and go up to €308 for a private room with attached bathroom. There are also shared rooms available.

The teachings are offered on a Dana (donation) basis in accordance with Buddhist tradition. On retreat, we practice Dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Dana is not a payment for goods or services rendered; it is given from the heart. Your generosity not only gives support to the teachers, but also the Sangha, the larger Dharma community, and your own practice. The participants give Dana at the end of the retreat.

To register please fill out this form

then contact Pauenhof’s manager, Ilka, to book your accommodation and any dietary restrictions at: