Why start meditating? What is the regimen for a meditation course or a self-retreat?
Find out more before your first course and see the most frequently asked questions.
Meditation courses with a teacher
We have been inviting experienced monks and teachers from all over the world to Javorie for more than 10 years. You can practice concentration or insight meditation with us in a safe environment under qualified guidance.
For old students
Individual meditation (or self-retreat) means meditating on your own in your kuti without a teacher and without attending a course. For the experienced meditator who has already attended several meditation retreats, self-retreat is a meaningful way of deepening one’s own meditation practice at the time and length that suits one’s individual needs.
- available at a time that suits you
- intended for more experienced practitioners
- regimen based on individual needs and preferences
The practitioner is accommodated in one of the 14 small huts (kuti). These have shared facilities (kitchen, toilets, showers) outside the main building. In the kitchen you can prepare your own meals. If you wish, it is also possible to eat with the participants of a meditation course, if one is in progress (the food is always vegetarian). Everything you need is provided on site, so you don’t even need to bring a meditation cushion, just comfortable clothes.
A small kuti in an austere simple style with a bed (extra bed available) and a wardrobe. Kitchenette, toilet and showers are in shared facilities in a separate building. Accommodation available from May through October.
An oasis of silence
for spiritual work and advancement
A place amidst of beautiful nature that provides a safe haven for your meditation practice. A space that allows you to put aside your everyday personality and invite your inner being to work.
We are happy to share our space at Javorie, which primarily serves meditation, with groups who, like us, follow the path of inner growth and self-development. In an effort to maintain the meditative nature of our centre, we only host courses that we trust are in accordance with our mission. This is for example the new mindfulness style, yoga, qi gong, and others.
Javorie has been organizing meditation retreats for over 10 years. In that time, hundreds of new students and experienced practitioners from all over the world have spent time with us under the guidance of renowned teachers from Europe and Asia. We see a deep sense in creating a conducive environment for meditation practice in maintaining and improving the centre’s grounds, expanding our library, hosting meditation teachers, looking after monks coming to us for longer stays (Vassa), and simply doing everything that is needed for the Centre to prosper.
Join us to help maintain our nonprofit operation. Get involved in outdoor activities or, if you are a pro in your chosen profession, help us with professional matters. We are volunteers ourselves and welcome any sincere help. We offer accommodation and meals during your volunteer work. If there is free time left over, you can enjoy the grounds for silent meditation and rest.
Footpaths for walks through the area
Your the first time on a meditation retreat
How does a
meditation retreat work?
During a meditation retreat, we go deeper into the silence of our presence. Verbal and non-verbal communication ceases and we are able to observe the inner manifestations of the physical, emotional and mental body. Focused and mindful, we observe things as they are in their nature. Getting started is easy and requires no prior practice.
Term "sati" means mindfulness or awareness in the Pali language that has been used in the time of the Buddha. Sati is one of the seven factors of enlightenment and a key concept in Buddhist meditation and practice. It involves being present and attentive to one's own experiences, thoughts and emotions without judgment. It includes awareness of one's actions and intentions and their impact on oneself and others. By developing Sati properly, one can cultivate greater insight and wisdom, leading to a deeper understanding of oneself and the nature of existence.