To all our dhamma friends

Welcome at the Dutch foundation for Insight Meditation (SIM). The SIM promotes Vipassana meditation and Theravada Buddhism in the Netherlands.
This part of the SIM site mainly focusses on international retreats with teachers from East and West. For all other activities and local meditation centres across the Netherlands, we refer to the Dutch section.

17 juni, 2019 --- 25 juni, 2019

Cultivate the spiritual faculties for your own freedom!

"This retreat is not about concentration, or absorption'', says Ayasma Kumara. "It’s about cultivating confidence, vitality, mindfulness, collectedness and discernment. When these are strong, the work for the ending of suffering becomes easier and more effective. Learn how to strengthen these spiritual faculties in this retreat!
In accordance with the approach of Ashin Tejaniya, there won’t be strict meditation schedules, but participants will be inspired to grow in wisdom."

The main language will be English. The programme involves formal
meditation, meditation instructions, talks and discussions. In addition, there will be working
meditation for maximum an hour each day.

Pre-retreat learning
Listen to Ashin Tejaniya’s introduction talks: If you’re
unfamiliar with the 8 percepts, please read If you’re new to Buddhism,
please read this too: Walpola Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught (up to Chapter 5). For
learning in Dutch download for free: ‘’kijk niet neer op je verstorende emoties’’ van Ashin
Tejaniya: This book can be read during the retreat as well.

All meals are vegetarian. During the retreat there is the opportunity to practise in accordance with how the Buddha practised 2500 years ago, following the 8 percepts. This means in the evening their will be fruit and vegetable juices but no dinner. This is also an opportunity for detoxing.

Silence and no phone
The retreat will be in silence and participants are asked to give their phones to the management upon arrival. In a retreat of many months it could be beneficial to practise with phone, but if you want to really benefit from a relative short retreat it is adviced to abstain from communication with the outside world, and focus solely on your inner processes. The email and telephone number of Marnix can be given to friends or relatives in case of an emergency. Don't forget to put your email on vacation-reply.

Also fill the register form to be downloaded on the left of this screen and email this to You are kindly requested not to forget to mention your
meditation experience.

General conditions and payments:
Your registration is final after payment to the account of the SIM. The conditions are detailed on the SIM website (in Dutch):

Most Vipassana meditation retreats are organised on the basis of Dana (Generosity). Since
the time of the Buddha, the transmission of his teachings and the meditation instructions
are considered a deed of generosity. The costs of the retreat consist of basic lodging fees
and meals; the teachers receive only reimbursement for travel and accommodation
expenses. At the end of the retreat, the participants have the opportunity to practice
generosity; they are invited to give Dana (donation) to the teachers.

Ethical Code:
Stichting Inzichts Meditatie (SIM) is committed to preserving a safe and reliable
environment. In that respect it makes every effort to further implement and guarantee
ethical guidelines. For further information in this respect see: (scroll down to the bottom of the page to download
the English version)

For more information about the retreat please contact Marnix van Rossum (06426730920) or Yuna van den Adel:

Hope to welcome you!

Ayasma Kumara
8 juli, 2019 --- 12 juli, 2019

Insight meditation retreat

In this retreat, we will train our ability to bear witness to our personal and social pains and will immerse ourselves in timeless teachings to incline our heart-minds towards appreciating the joy of living. By taking refuge in the heart of kind awareness we will slow down so we can really listen to the truths of the present moment and find peace in our own awakened heart.
With the help and cultivation of our natural and relaxed awareness, we can become intimate with what it is to be human. We will explore the heart of the Buddha's teaching: suffering and its causes and freedom and its causes.

DaRa Willams and Bart van Melik
17 augustus, 2019 --- 31 augustus, 2019
Fara In Sabina (RI), Italy

vipassana retreat

In this retreat we pay close attention to all the processes that arise within our field of consciousness. At the same time we cultivate a relaxed and friendly inner stance, fuelled by loving kindness (metta). This specific quality of attention can be practiced and developed. While we start to observe a broader and closer perspective on our inner processes, in a friendlier way, a greater sense of freedom arises, enabling greater creativity, friendliness, compassion and humour. Meditating helps us seeing through our constricting illusions, releasing the burden of having to uphold these, including the greater illusion of the self. To make this insight a lived experience it is crucial to approach all phenomena in body and mind with a loving equanimous stance.

Henk Barendregt, Mirjam Hartkamp, Antonino Raffone
19 augustus, 2019 --- 25 augustus, 2019

Awakening together: Insight Dialogue retreat

Insight Dialogue is a whole life meditation practice designed to help us be awake in our everyday lives. Insight Dialogue brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, source, and release of human suffering.
When we are aware we discover the challenging landscape of the mind. Embracing our experience internally and with others with kind interest opens the door to transformation. What we once resisted and avoided becomes the path of practice. Seeing the constructing nature of mind with clarity allows us to explore skillful and compassionate ways to relate to changing experience. Reflecting on: what habitual perceptions sustain and hinder our kind presence? And what heart qualities allow us to open to life wholeheartedly?
The retreat will be held in Social Silence as we explore the power of listening and speaking out of silence. There will be times of silent sitting, mindful movement, and dialogue in groups of 2 or more, with a precise direction of contemplation. Teachings will be offered in English.
This retreat is offered in the Buddhist tradition of dana and generosity. The teachers receive no payment. The registration fee covers the costs of putting on the retreat. Financial support offered by the students at the end of the retreat support the teachers to continue their work throughout the world.

Phyllis Hicks and Bart van Melik
29 februari, 2020 --- 29 maart, 2020
Loenen, The Netherlands

The 2020 Month-Long Retreat of Integrated Practice of Insight Dialogue and Vipassana

The Insight Dialogue community of Metta programs and SIM are happy to announce this special retreat that combines Insight Dialogue and Vipassana.
In a whole life path approach to Dhamma, periods committed solely to meditation have a special place. When the body-mind has sufficient time to calm down and become steady and bright, uniquely transformative insight becomes possible. Deep freedom of heart and mind comes from seeing things as they actually are; seclusion and spiritual friendship, together, form a powerful path of awakening. The wisdom teachings of the Buddha come alive in our formal practice and from there move into the entirety of our lives.
This first ever month-long Insight Dialogue and Vipassana retreat will begin with a week of Insight Dialogue practice, gradually transitioning into two weeks of immersion in silence. The final week of the retreat will then taper back into relational practice to deepen any insights, allow new ones, and provide a supportive transition from retreat life to daily life. This retreat seeks to tap the synergetic effect of combined individual and interpersonal meditation. The middle two weeks of silent practice will be supported by morning instruction sessions and evening dharma talks. Individual meetings with the teachers will be available throughout the retreat and scheduled regularly during the period committed to silent practice.

The minimum requirement is to have participated in at least:
two 6-night/7-night Insight Dialogue retreats
one 7-night Vipassana silent retreat*
one 10-night Vipassana silent retreat*

Gregory Kramer and Jill Shepherd