Mindfulness Retreat in Switzerland from July 23 - 30 2016

Engaged Buddhism: From Inner Transformation to Compassion in Action

“We will develop and cultivate the liberation of mind by loving kindness towards all beings.” Buddha

“Hearing the bell, I am able to let go of all afflictions. My heart is calm, my sorrows ended. I am no longer bound to anything. I learn to listen to my suffering and the suffering of the other person. When understanding is born in me, compassion is also born.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness retreat in Chandolin / Switzerland July 23-30 2016

Vision and intension

Based on the Mindfulness Practice of Plum Village, we will explore Skillful Means to learn the Art of Transformation in one self and in the world:
·             Transforming confusion into Wisdom
·             Transforming suffering into Compassion in Action
Engaged Buddhism can be applied on all levels of our life, personal, family, organization, nation and planet. We will explore how we can embody our values and highest aspirations in personal and work life alike, based on the notion of Right Livelihood.
We want not only to share teachings, but also to have a living experience of an harmonious community lifestyle aligned with the principles that we will practice.
Nature experiences in the wonderful Swiss Alps will be a nourishing source of energy and healing as we undergo this deep process.
Body/mind practices such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Walking Meditation, will contribute to a holistic experience.
We will offer a discount price for young participants to foster the intergenerational dialogue that will be an important part of the process.
The retreat will be bilingual French and English


Chandolin is a small village in the Swiss Alps at 2000m (6500ft) with an amazing view on some of the most spectacular Alpine summits. This wonderful and peaceful natural environment is most appropriate for silence, meditation and deep conversations.
 The “Grand Hotel de Chandolin” is a beautiful old building that we have completely to ourselves and that can host all participants.
  We will eat locally grown, organic, vegetarian food prepared with mindfulness of human and ecological health.
 We offer a balanced program that includes teachings, Mindfulness and Compassion meditation practices, dialogues in smaller groups, Tai Chi, Qi Cong  and mountain hikes. 


Experienced teachers and facilitators will guide the retreat and all activities.
·             Lisi Ha Vinh / Ordained Dharmacharya (Dharma Teacher) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Director of Eurasia Foundation a Humanitarian NGO in Vietnam.
·             Dr. Ha Vinh Tho / Ordained Dharmacharya (Dharma Teacher) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, practicing meditation since 1970, PhD in education, Program Director of the Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan.
·             Lama Dorje Drölma / Buddhist nun in the Kagyupa School of Vajrayana Buddhism since 24 years, she has completed 2 Three years retreats under the guidance of Mahamudra Master Gendün Rimpoche.
·             Nelly Mantoux / Gestalt therapist trained in Qi Gong for women by Liu Ya Fei, Director of the National Qi Cong Centre in Beidaihe/China. She practices Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Cong since many years with André Joubier.
·             André Joubier / received the Transmission of traditional Vietnamese martial arts since 1987 by Master Nghiem An Thach. Founder of the Hong Quyen Vo Dao Association: traditional Vietnamese martial arts and Tai Chi Chuan. He also trained in traditional Chinese Medicine.
·             A team from Wake Up international: Young Buddhists and non-Buddhists for a Healthy and Compassionate Society


 We have limited space available, the registration will be on a first come first served basis. Based on past experience, the retreat is usually full by March. Registration is completed once the financial contribution has been sent. A detailed program will be sent with the confirmation.
Please register online here:
Price per person
This contribution includes full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea breaks), bed sheets, end cleaning of the room, all courses and workshops, course material, hikes and all other activities.
  Double room - Standard
880 CH.Fr
  Double room - Sponsor contribution to support participation of young people
From 980 CH.Fr
  Single room - Standard
1250 CH.Fr
  Single room - Sponsor contribution to support participation of young people (sponsors will be given priority for single room)
From 1350 Ch.Fr
  Young people under 30
400 CH.Fr
 Any profit will be given to Eurasia Foundation to support educational projects in Vietnam.
 Online registration: