Yoga and Zen
August 20-25, 2018
Felsentor Retreat Center, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Please Join Jodie K Lea and Sensei Beate Stolte in an unimaginably beautiful location for a week of Classical Hatha Yoga and Zen Meditation retreat!
August 20-25, 2018 we will come together for 6 days and 5 nights at the Felsentor Retreat Center perched on top of a private promontory overlooking the breathtaking Alpine valley surrounding Lake Lucerne in central Switzerland.
Registration for this Retreat can Happen ONLY Through the Felsentor Retreat Center Website. Once you link into their website you must remain in the German Translation to Register: Go To: Kursprogramm (the yearly schedule) and Scroll Down to August 20-25, 2018. CLICK ON Yoga und Zen Retreat. There you will have the OPTION TO Register for 3 Room Options. Click on ANMELDUNG fur KURS (Register for Course):
Mehrbettzimmer: CHF 475 (95/Tag)= $95 per day (DORM)
Doppelzimmer: CHF 600 (120/Tag) = $120 per day (Double Occupancy)
Einzelzimmer: CHF 750 (150/Tag) = $150 per day (Single Occupancy)
zzgl.Kurtaxe: CHF 13.50 (2.70/Tag) (Tax)
Cost Note: Cost per night per person includes 3 meals per day. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE COST OF THE TEACHINGS WHICH ARE PAID FOR BY DANA (donation) in the Buddhist Tradition. DANA is GIVEN TO THE INSTRUCTORS AT THE END OF THE RETREAT. As a guideline for Dana, Felsentor recommends a sum of 50 Swiss francs per day for seminars with 25 or more participants, and more in seminars with smaller attendance. Each seminar requires intensive preparation. We thus also ask participants to consider the day of arrival and the day of departure in preparing their contribution. At the end of the course, the donation, sealed in an envelope provided by the center, is placed in the Dana box. The envelopes are given anonymously to the teacher, with each person individually placing his/her envelope in the Dana box. Read MORE About The Tradition of DANA in Buddhism Below..
YOGA & ZEN
Our morning and evening practice sessions will start with Tradtiional Tantric Hatha Yoga using Asana, Pranayama, and Chanting to bring about full mind, body, and spirit embodiment to throughly awaken the Chakra energies. This full body awakening will be followed by traditional Zen Meditation and Instruction in Buddhist Ethics and Insight. The Fusion of Tantric embodiment and Zen practice will help each participant to develop a deeper and more fully integrated spiritual practice.
During the daytime hours between practice sessions we will enjoy group Walking Meditation sessions as well as plenty of free time to enjoy the magical environment of Felsentor.
3:00pm: Check-In Time
7:00-8:30: Retreat Opening and Practice
Detailed Schedule to be Announced
August 25 we will follow the same schedule: Check Out time will be Noon.
Felsentor is located in central Switzerland on Lake Lucerne on the Rigi at an altitude of 3,707 feet above sea level.
Far from the bustle of everyday life, Felsentor is accessible only by a 15-minute walk after getting off the tram on a mountain path from the RigiBahn Romiti-Felsentor Station. (It is possible to have your luggage transported by truck).
Founded in 1999, the Felsentor Foundation runs a guesthouse for spiritual seminars, operates a garden restaurant for hikers, maintains an animal welfare center and is presently expanding its agricultural activities.
The Felsentor community consists of 10 persons who see to the needs of guests at the center and care for the animals. Our main focus is meditation courses and retreats in various Buddhist traditions.
SENSEI BEATE GENKO STOLTE
Sensei Beate is a Zen teacher and first Dharma successor of Roshi Joan Halifax in the tradition line of Taizan Maezumi Roshi and Bernie Glassman Roshi. She has been practicing Zen Buddhism for over 25 years and has been ordained in the line of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind).
She is a graduate in business administration and a graduate in economics and has two adult children. She lived, practiced, and taught in Buddhist communities in the US, Switzerland and Germany, and visited Japan for Zen Buddhist studies.
She was a founding member of the Buddhist Study Center / Germany and headed it for 10 years as Managing Director and Director. Beate Genko Stolte led the Upaya Zen Center in the USA for several years as co-abbot and teacher. At the end of 2012 she returned to Europe and is now teaching in the USA and Europe.
Felsentor offers accommodations for the participants of this retreat in Single, Double or Dorm style rooms. The Dorm is located in the Zendo (practice) building and has bathrooms but showers are located in the Main building and can be used at any time.
There are two dorm rooms in the Zendo/Meditation building that accommodate five people each.
Cost: $95 per night per person includes 3 meals per day.
There are 12 twin rooms in the main building that can be booked as single rooms if a course is smaller, thus space permits.
Cost: $120 per night per person includes 3 meals per day.
Depending on the size of our courses we can offer some rooms as single occupancy rooms. Please request to be added to the waiting list when enrolling for a workshop. Single rooms cost $150 per day and include 3 meals per day.
At Felsentor, they love to cook and bake
- Meals are Vegetarian with limited use of dairy products.
- Meals use bio-products, and during the summer produce from their own gardens in Felsentor and Frohmatte.
- Eclectically with multicultural spices and recipes.
- They bake all of their own breads and cakes
- When purchasing ingredients, they emphasize regional products while considering the seasons.
Cost: Cost per night per person includes 3 meals per day. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE COST OF THE TEACHINGS WHICH ARE PAID FOR BY DANA (donation) in the Buddhist Tradition. DANA is GIVEN TO THE INSTRUCTORS AT THE END OF THE RETREAT.
Dana - Donations instead of a fixed course fee
An invitation to practice the flow of receiving and passing on.
Many courses in Felsentor, in keeping with the Buddhist tradition, appear in the course program without a fixed remuneration for the teacher. Instead, the teachers receive monetary donations from all course participants that the participants decide on individually. This practice is known as Dana. We ask you to take a few minutes to read the following text to become acquainted with the spirit of Dana.
Dana, an essential element of spiritual practice in Buddhism, is also in harmony with the core of Christianity, where generosity, joy in giving and helping others are central elements. Dana is not so strange a term as it might seem at first glance. It is actually a Sanskrit word that means roughly “free donation” or “voluntary contribution.” In its etymology, the word Dana is closely related to the Latin words “dona” or “donare,” which also mean giving or gift.
Dana is one of the “six Paramitas (perfections)” in Buddhism. The literal meaning of Paramita is “going from this shore to the other shore,” in the sense of going from the present shore of illusion to the other shore of realization.
As human beings we have many needs, such as air, water, warmth, nourishment, attention, love, protection and security. We need so much so as to be able to live fully with body and soul. Already with our first breath begins a process of receiving and letting go, of taking and giving, something of vital importance in every area of life, in addition to being the key to genuine happiness and a fulfilled life.
Generosity as a spiritual practice means the practice of giving and receiving as we examine carefully our true priorities: What is really important for me in my life? Where do I find true happiness? How do these insights take concrete form in my own behavior and in my daily decisions? What do I want to support and make possible with my money? Where do I want to invest my money?
The spiritual teachers who are the recipients of Dana also need a financially secure basis for their livelihood in order that they can engage with true devotion in their teaching activities. The students, for their part, should be able to share in the teaching. In this sense, they are called upon to support those teaching activities with a generous spirit but within their capacity. The students practice giving to the extent possible for them, not overly anxious but also not beyond their means, not overextending themselves, but also overcoming stinginess.
Different courses have different attendance figures, and the teachers have different financial obligations, travel expenses and material expenses. As a guideline for Dana we recommend a sum of 50 Swiss francs per day for seminars with 25 or more participants, and more in seminars with smaller attendance. Each seminar requires intensive preparation. We thus also ask participants to consider the day of arrival and the day of departure in preparing their contribution. At the end of the course, the donation, sealed in an envelope provided by the center, is placed in the Dana box. The envelopes are given anonymously to the teacher, with each person individually placing his/her envelope in the Dana box.
We are grateful for the willingness of both teachers and students to help the Dana tradition live on in these modern times of fixed prices.
Getting to Felsentor
Location and arrival
The Rigi is a car free area.
Arrival through Vitznau, a SteamBoat, located at the Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Lucerne), and from there by the Rigi cog wheel train to Romiti-Felsentor station (stop upon request). If you mention at the ticket counter that you will be staying at Felsentor you will get a 50% discount.
Half tax subscription and GA (general subscription) are also valid.
Travel on the A4 in the direction of Lucerne and take the exit for Gotthard. Then drive right through Küssnacht and at the round-about procede towards Gersau/Brunnen until Vitznau. Metered parking is available near the Rigi Bahn Station (cog wheel train).
By train and bus
From Lucerne: Take the train to Küssnacht Station and change there to the bus to Vitznau.
From Zürich: Take the train to Rotkreuz Station. From there take Bus 53 to Küssnacht Station, where you get on the bus to Vitznau.
Alternatively: Take the train to Arth Goldau and from there the blue Rigi-Bahn to Rigi-Staffel. In Rigi-Staffel you have to change into the red Rigi-Bahn down hill. Get off at Romiti-Felsentor.
By train and ship
Take the train to Lucerne Station. From there, at the waterfront just outside the Station, take the ship directly to Vitznau. From Vitznau Station take the Rigi-Bahn (cog wheel train) up the mountain to Romiti-Felsentor. ( Stop upon request)
From Romiti to the Felsentor
At Romiti Station there are road signs that guideyou to Felsentor. The walk takes approx. 15 Min. (robust footwear and a flash light!)