Karuna Workshops Spring Retreat 2023

The Ennobling Eight Fold Path – A Six-Day Silent Contemplation/Practice  Retreat led by Christina Feldman, John Peacock & Antonia Sumbundu. 

April 17.- 23., 2023 at Gomde Retreat Center, Denmark


This retreat will explore the Ennobling Eight Fold Path, the fourth of the Ennobling Truths central to the Buddha’s teaching of awakening.  It is a path that invites us to cultivate skillfulness and awakening in every area of our lives.  

The retreat will be held in silence with mornings dedicated to formal mediation practice.  In the afternoons there will be more extended periods of teaching and in the evenings, we will offer space for questions and reflections as well as formal practice.

This contemplation and practice retreat is a rare opportunity to receive in-depth teachings and practice guidance from highly experienced meditation teachers and students of the early Buddhist texts. It is an invitation to extend one´s understanding of the teachings and to deepen one’s personal experience of meditation via intensive practice and contemplation within a supportive and harmonious environment of noble silence.

The retreat is open to all with a serious interest in exploring the Buddha’s teachings and how to apply them in one’s own meditation practice. It is not a clinical skills workshop, but it is highly  recommended and relevant for professionals teaching or training in mindfulness and compassion based applications. 

The retreat will follow a normal full schedule for a silent retreat. We are grateful to be able to offer the opportunity to gather at Gomde, to be practicing together in the Meditation Hall, to be walking at the hills of Gomde and to explore and apply these priceless and very beneficial teachings of the Eight Fold Path. 

We hope you share our enthusiasm and longing for retreating together.

The Teachers

CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her most recent book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, written with Willem Kuyken, was published in the summer of 2019.

JOHN PEACOCK is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly fifty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. After doing a doctorate in philosophy, he taught Buddhist and Western philosophy and then Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. He went on to be Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, co-direct the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University, and teach Buddhist psychology on the same course. John is now retired from academia and continues to teach meditation, as he has done for more than thirty-five years.

ANTONIA SUMBUNDU has been practicing meditation for more than 30 years and has had the good fortune to practice and study with a number of great teachers. She is an instructor for the Tergar Meditation Community and has completed the Bodhi College Dharma Teacher Training program. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist she holds a Master of Studies in MBCT from the University of Oxford. Antonia is leading meditation retreats and supporting practice groups internationally. 


Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, Smedehalden 3, Esby, 8420 Knebel, Denmark


The retreat begins Monday, April 17 th in the afternoon and ends Sunday 23rd at lunch.


The teachings are offered by the teachers out of generosity. Generosity is one of the foundations on which the continuity of the Buddha’s teachings has depended on down the centuries and by voluntarily supporting the teachers we can help secure the availability of the teachings, enjoy the act of generosity and show our appreciation for what we have received. By the end of the retreat participants are invited to offer the teachers a donation.

Meals (organic & vegetarian) are included in the rates below.

Bed in a single room: before March 1st. DKK 6.800/after March 1st. DKK 7.100
Bed in a double room: before March 1st. DKK 5.500/after March 1st. DKK 5.800
Dormitory, camping, or no accommodation: before March 1st. DKK 4.500/after March 1st. DKK 4.800


This retreat is coordinated by Karuna Workshops. For more information please write to contact@karunaworkshops.dk

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