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24 August – 2 September 2013

For the second time we offer a Meditation retreat, dream workshop and hiking in the East of Iceland at the root of the glacier Vatnajokull. Volcanic crater, glacier, colorful rhyolite mountains, waterfalls, beautiful minerals, glacial rivers, fantastic rock formations, northern lights, shooting stars, silence of the highlands.

No prior experience in meditation, dreamwork or hiking is necessary.

Meditation

Different places offer different opportunities. Here we invite you to slow down and shift from the doing mode to the being mode in the midst of Icelandic nature.To experience how nature supports you in letting go of pressure. You also have the guidance of the course leaders and the presence of the group to help you in the process. This is an unique opportunity to explore the state of natural mindfulness.

Dreaming

Dreams are a significant part of our lives. As an honest and precise mirror of our inner and social life, they reflect how we relate to ourselves and others. Even when dreams appear in the form of nightmares they are opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. As an expression of our unconscious intelligence they point to imbalances, to pain and problems, but always also to resources, often even to solutions. This problem-solving aspect of dreams may more clearly be appreciated by looking at series of dreams – which is possible in this week retreat.

Walking

Rediscovering the value of silence and a most simple way of living during daily walks in the amazing Islandic landscape. Walking and just being there with nature. Having space for deep contemplation and connecting with your innermost essence.

The hiking will be guided by Radhildur Ingadottir from Iceland. She is an visual artist working with installations and has exhibited in Europe for many years. Her interests are art, geology, cosmology and travelling. She has travelled extensively through Iceland by car and on foot. During winter Radhildur lives in Denmark but in the summertime she is a hiking- and driver-guide in Iceland.

The cook will be Nikolaj Knub. Nikolaj is from 1985, and has from a young age taken interest in cooking. He has been working as a chef in France, and travelling Asia, Central America and Europe with great apatite. Studying Philosophy, History and Mysticism at Roskilde University, he got captivated by Buddhist thought, and has over the last 3 years been cooking for retreats, thus combining his passion for the pots and pans with wisdom, compassion and sacred stillness.

Price: 850 € (6400 DK,157.000 ISK) * the retreat is limited to 15 participants, so please register early

Included in the price is the course fee, accommodation in mountain cabins, and farmhouse in Höfn, simple vegetarian meals and transport from central Höfn to the highlands. Transport from Rejakyavik to Höfn is not included. There are busses and flights from Rejkyavik to Höfn. We can also help with renting cars.

Registration starts 1st January and ends 1st July. Register by writing to mindfuldreaming@gmail.com.Payment with bank transfer or Paypal. Refund because of cancellation is possible until 1st July.

Rough Schedule:

Saturday, August 24th: Welcome dinner and overnight in a farmhouse in Höfn.

Sunday, August 25th: Breakfast at the farmhouse. Take an off-road bus into the highlands (about 2.5 hours) Hike for one hour, downhill, to the cabins (1 hour) Picnic lunch at the cabins. Some set up and warm first dinner at the cabins. Retreat begins in the evening.

Monday, August 26th, – Saturday, August 31st: Full days of retreat

Sunday, September 1st: Retreat ends mid-morning. Last lunch at the cabins. Pack up and hike up to the mountain-bus pick-up point (about an hour) Ride down to Höfn (about 2.5 hours) Dinner together and overnight in the farmhouse in Höfn.

It will not be necessary to bring sleeping bags, just linens or a sleeping bag liner. There is no cellular service at the huts.

Questions and Registration: mindfuldreaming@gmail.com

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