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Oasis of silence
for your inner work

We are open to all who are sincerely interested in their inner growth and advancement. We base our practice on insight meditation – Vipassana – which has its origins in the teachings of the Buddha. Javorie also welcomes Buddhist monks and nuns of the Theravada tradition, for whom we provide facilities for long-term residence. In such we offer an opportunity for them to further their virtues while sharing their wisdom and knowledge with the world and visitors of the Centre.

Main building
Small kuti
Sati, Samadhi, Pannā
Kuti Viriya
Kuti Viveka
Pond and stupa

Javorie Meditation Centre is located in central Slovakia, in Detva district near Zvolen. The complex consists of a main building, which has 13 rooms (with a capacity of 26 beds and 11 extra beds), two meditation halls, a kitchen and a dining room. We have three larger cottages (Sati, Samadhi, Panna) for teachers and 2 kutis (Viriya and Viveka) outside the centre grounds to house monks and nuns. From May through October we have 14 small kutis available with separate bathrooms and kitchen facilities. The Centre has its own spring whose water quality is regularly checked. We try not to burden the environment, we cook tasty healthy vegetarian food and are ready to accommodate dietary limitations. We have our own biological wastewater treatment, we plant trees and have a small garden.

The area of the centre is 2 hectares, it is fenced around located in the middle of the forests of the Javorie Mountains. In summer we also allow outdoor meditation, in the meadows or forest under the tree, the way it used to be practiced in the old days.

Total capacity: 50 people

Living area: 2344 m2

Land: 23344 m2

A large part of the center consists of forests and meadows. We leave the forests to wild nature and mow the meadows once a year. Ecosystems representing landscape and cultural heritage in the spa area of Podpoľania coexist with us right in the center. We want to preserve them as well and enjoy the diversity of plants and animals they provide us.


10 years of successful meditation retreats

For more than 10 years we have been organizing meditation retreats at Javorie with renowned teachers and monks from all over the world.


As it is inside,
so it is outside

We see our mission in fulfilling the full potential of one’s life. For people it lies in the development of physical, mental and spiritual capacities; for humanity it lies in the ability to develop compassion and loving kindness in personal, social and spiritual relationships; for the planet Earth and Javorie it lies in cultivating a deep connection with nature and experiencing the essence of co-creation and self-realization.

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In Pali, "kuti" refers to a small dwelling or hut used by Buddhist monks and nuns for secluded meditation. It provides a quiet space for spiritual practice that is characterized by solitude and simplicity. Kutis are usually found in monasteries or in natural settings and serve as places to deepen one’s spiritual practice.