€540, for a shared room, €600, for a single room, which includes all meals and accommodation.

Date & Time Details: The retreat registration will start on Monday August 19th at 4 pm. The retreat will end on Sunday August 25th after lunch around 1:30 pm.

Location: Loenen, Netherlands

Address: Bosoord
Hoofdweg 109 7371GE Loenen

Joyce Curnan and Riët Aarsse

Prerequisite: Prior silent meditation retreat experience is required. If you have a question about the suitability of this retreat please contact us at

Scholarship: If you would like to participate but the registration fee is an obstacle please contact the Chairman of the Dutch Foundation for Insight Meditation, Hans Gijsen: +31 (0)10 4672952.

Awakening Together: Living Life with Love and Wisdom

With Phyllis K. Hicks and Bart van Melik

August 19 - 25, 2019

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.

The retreat will be taught in English, however, Bart is a native Dutch speaker and will happily assist anyone who would benefit from help with translation.

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 K. Hicks
Phyllis Hicks, DMin, NCLPC is an Insight Dialogue Teacher and teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She is a co-author of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program and serves on Metta Programs Teachers’ Council. Phyllis is a licensed psychotherapist. For thirty years she has brought together Eastern and Western understandings of psychology and…
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Bart van Melik
Bart van Melik, MA is an Insight Dialogue Teacher. Bart has been teaching personal meditation and Insight Dialogue since 2009, with a specific focus on working with diverse populations. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders Program at Spirit Rock and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher…
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