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Five-day Vipassana Silent Retreat, Spain: The Taste of Stillness- Cancelled

August 23 @ 5:00 pm - August 29 @ 9:00 am

view of Coma Negre from Les Gavatxes

Sunday 23 August – Saturday 29 August 2020

This five-day Vipassana retreat is held in the rugged and beautiful countryside of La Garrotxa, on the estate of Les Gavatxes.

Five days of practice with friendly attention, in which you will get a insight into your patterns of reacting, and discover how everything is changing.


For five days you will practice mindfulness. We cultivate friendly attention, and this has a relaxing and enlightening effect. The beauty of meditating in this place is the direct connection between experiences in the inner and outer world.

The daily rhythm consists of sitting and walking meditations in the Vipassana tradition. We are in silence all day long. We start outside with chi kung, meditate in the cool zendo overlooking the hills, work on the estate for an hour, then eat in silence. In the afternoon there is a conversation with a teacher, an exercise in the practice of kindness or compassion, time for a walk to the river, and then we continue the sitting and walking meditation.

We end the day with a short Dhamma talk. The retreat is suitable for people who have already followed a mindfulness training or who have some experience with insight meditation (vipassana) or other forms of silent meditation.


Guidance is provided by Chris Grijns and Riët Aarsse. Chris is part of the collective of retreat counsellors Vipassana.Nu. See https://www.vipassana.nu/chris-grijns/ . Information about Riët and Chris can also be found on the website of Amsterdam Inzichtmeditatie https://www.amsterdaminzichtmeditatie.nl/begeleiders/.


From Sunday 23 August 17.00 until Saturday morning 29 August.
Arrival is Sunday, we are in silence until Friday, and on Saturday you can travel back. It may be possible to extend your stay if you wish, please ask us before the retreat begins.


We are guests of the estate Les Gavatxes. We stay with two or three people sharing a room, in one of the beautiful apartments. There is also room for campers.


The cost of the accommodation package is €560. If you come with a tent a discount is possible.

The package consists of 6 nights in a double room, 6 x breakfast, 6 x lunch, 6 x dinner. There will be tea and coffee throughout the day. The meals are vegetarian. The amount also includes the accommodation and administration costs of the teachers. For consultation about dietary options, call Chris.


The retreat guidance is based on dana, a donation to support the teaching and life of Chris and Riët.

Not included: 

Your own travel expenses, the dana, extra drinks. We will put participants in contact with each other to arrange travel together.


Mail chrisgrijns@mindfulwerken.nl or h.r.aarsse@gmail.com for the application form.

We will contact you by phone to get acquainted and answer any questions you may have. You can make a bank transfer of the full amount of the accommodation costs to NL03 INGB 0005 0186 49 tn v P C Grijns Amsterdam, and please remember to state your full name!

If you are unwaged or on a low income, please contact us to see if we can negotiate a discount in exchange for doing some work.

How To Get Here:

Les Gavatxes is located in the mountains, at an altitude of about 700 meters, in a nature reserve. The nearest village is Castellfollit de la Roca. If you come by public transport, the best way is to travel to this village, and you will be picked up there.

There are several ways to get there: By plane to Barcelona or Girona. Both from Barcelona and Girona you travel by bus to Castellfollit de la Roca.

By car: Les Gavatxes / Beget is located 25 km north of Olot and Olot is about 60 km west of Figueres.

By bus: There is a direct bus from Barcelona Airport to Plaza Catalunya and the TEISA bus departs near Plaza Catalunya, at the corner of Carrer del Conseil de Cent and Carrer de Pau Claris to Castellfollit de la Roca (direction Olot).

Also from Gerona Airport there is a bus to Girona Central Station and from there a TEISA bus to Castellfollit de la Roca. And of course you can also take the train to Gerona and then continue by bus. More details here.

For information and consultation about travel or diet: call Chris: 0031 623242364


August 23 @ 5:00 pm
August 29 @ 9:00 am
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Les Gavatxes
Beget, Girona 17867 Spain + Google Map