A deepening retreat is suitable for Acem meditators who already have some experience with long meditations and who want to practise meditations of more than six hours.
A deepening retreat gives you an opportunity for daily long meditations of at least six hours. The retreat will focus on how to enhance your meditation. All activity under the course of the day is designed to stimulate the deeper meditative process.
The long hours of silence are followed by daily process-oriented guidance groups led by experienced meditation guides, in order to maximise the results of long meditations.
Evening seminars will be by Acem’s founder Dr. Are Holen, who is a psychiatrist and a professor emeritus of medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and who is known for his ability to stimulate important personal processes in others. The seminars discuss questions arising from doing long meditations, including meditative and existential topics.
Walk and talk
There will be ample time for walks in the beautiful surrounding areas. Some of the walking time is combined with one-on-one discussions of themes and issues from your meditation.
Daily sessions of basic Acem Yoga have a refreshing effect and facilitate the practice of long meditations.
Typical daily programme
0730 - 0830: Breakfast, exercise
0830 - 1600: Silence for meditation
1600 - 1630: Yoga
1630 - 1700: Pause
1700 - 1900: Process guidance
1900 - 2000: Dinner
2000 - 2130: Seminar
In order to take part in a deepening retreat you need to:
- have regular meditation habits
- have at least 20 hours of long meditations above the three-hour limit from a weeklong retreat of Acem Meditation
- intend to take part in the entire retreat, from beginning to end
Acem International Retreat Centre at Halvorsbøle is situated outside Oslo in beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Most of the rooms have a direct view of the Randsfjord lake.
A Young Retreat, an International Regular Summer Retreat and other International Deepening Retreats take place each year. See the dates on our calendar.
For people with ample experience from deepening retreats, Acem also arranges advanced deepening retreats.