Friday November 8 – Wednesday 13, 2019 (6 days/ 5 nights)

ITC, Meentweg 9, Naarden

Begeleiding: Pascal Auclair, Michaël Verlouw

Datum: Friday November 8 – Wednesday 13, 2019 (6 days/ 5 nights)
Plaats: ITC, Meentweg 9, Naarden
Begeleiding: Pascal Auclair, Michaël Verlouw


The retreat starts on Friday at 16.00h (the centre is open from 14.00h) and finishes on Wednesday after lunchtime. The retreat takes place in the hospitable ‘ITC’ at Naarden. The main language will be English. The programme involves formal meditation, meditation instructions, talks and discussions. In addition, there will be working meditation for about an hour each day.

This retreat will be a LGBTQ retreat and is organized by the Dutch Insight Meditation Foundation, in cooperation with Sangha Metta. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence and is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators. 

We’ll create a space of ease and support for LGBTQ people to cultivate mindfulness, kindness and wisdom through insight meditation. Sharing silence and meditative space with community allows us to make greater peace with ourselves and our lives, one moment at a time. While listening to the teachings of wisdom and compassion and mindfully sitting, walking, eating and resting, liberating insights arise, and clarity and freedom is gained. We can learn to find an ever-deepening sense of well-being, touching joy and fostering the heart’s release. We practice in this way both for our own benefit and for the benefit of others. Open to beginning and experienced meditators who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or intersex.

Pascal Auclair
Pascal Auclair has been immersed in Buddhist practice and study since 1997, sitting retreats in Asia and America with revered monastics and lay teachers. He has been mentored by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, where he is now enjoying teaching retreats. Pascal teaches in North America and in Europe. He is a co-founder of True North Insight and one of TNI’s Guiding Teachers. His depth of insight, classical training, and creative expression all combine in a wise and compassionate presence. In addition, his warmth and humor make Pascal a much appreciated teacher. More info:

Registration and Payment:
Sangha Metta retreats are based on dana.
See Sangha Metta's policy on dana.
The basic retreat costs for accomodation and food are € 65,- per night (this retreat:  € 325-;  5 nights).

However you are free to pay as much as you like.
Dana for food and accomodation can be payed in advance or on the last day of the retreat.
There will be a pin device for online bank payment.

The Dhamma teachings are offered free of charge, but we encourage participants to show gratitude with a generous donation to the teacher on the last day of the retreat.
The volunteers of Sangha Metta do their work out of generosity as well. There will be a dana basket also for them.

Sangha Metta intends to give everyone a room alone. This is not always possible. If you really need a room alone for a specific reason state so on your registration form.

Information and registration via Sangha Metta.
Download your registration-form: >download>
Mail your form to:

International Theosophical Center, Naarden
for directions:

All meals are vegan but sometimes there are additionbal dairy products on the table.