beginner's retreat

International Summer Retreat for Beginners

Course starts
Friday 19 July 2013
Last day of course
Friday 26 July 2013
18:00 - 14:00

● Learning Acem Meditation at a weeklong retreat ensures that you get a good start.

● Personal instruction and group discussions are combined with ample opportunity for meditative practice in ideal surroundings.

● Deep layers of mental stress and muscular tension give way to a calmer and more receptive frame of mind.

● Fascinating encounters with people from different parts of the world stimulate the process.

What do you learn?

At this retreat, you learn how to use the technique for relaxation and stress management, and you lay the foundation for a fascinating process of personality development and self-understanding. 

After the retreat, you can practise the technique on your own, whether you choose to become a regular meditator or to meditate whenever you feel the need.

Course contents

Topics covered include:

  • Brief introduction and personal instruction
  • Applying the basic principles to your own practice
  • From stress relief to personal process
  • Scientific research and the psychology of meditation

The book Acem Meditation - An Introductory Companion is included in the course fee. While you cannot learn the technique from a book, a CD, or the internet, the psychology of meditation stimulates your practice and provides a fuller understanding of the process.

Guidance and seminars

Evening seminars explore the psychology of meditation and help you to enhance your meditative practice.

Small guidance groups led by experienced instructors provide you with ample opportunities to discuss your meditative experiences. This enhances meditation skills and deepens insights into central personal issues.

Yoga and interaction

Daily sessions of basic Acem Yoga have a refreshing effect and facilitate the meditation practice.

The activities of the retreat will enable rich and varied social interactions in an international milieu.

Who may participate?

This retreat is for all who want to learn Acem Meditation. If you have already learned Acem Meditation, please click here.

Typical daily programme

  •  Morning meditation on your own
  •  Guidance groups
  •  Yoga
  •  Afternoon group meditation
  •  Evening talks
  •  Social interaction

Course language

The official language is English.

The venue

The Acem International Retreat Centre at Halvorsbøle is situated outside Oslo in beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Participants will be accommodated in single rooms, most of them with a direct view of the Randsfjord lake.

Lactovegetarian meals

The Halvorsbøle cuisine is based on lactovegetarian food well suited for meditation.

Course starts
Friday 19 July 2013
Last day of course
Friday 26 July 2013
18:00 - 14:00


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Discounted course fee
The course fees above are for participants residing outside Scandinavia only:

20 percent off the regular fee when paid before 1 June.

The fees include full board (lacto-vegetarian diet) and ensuite accommodation in a single room.

There is an additional discount for full-time students. If the retreat is fully booked, student discount may entail accommodation in double room.

If you cancel your registration before 1 July, your course fee will be refunded minus an administration fee of EUR 30. If you cancel your reservation after 1 July, your course fee will only be refunded if your cancellation is due to illness or other serious reasons.

Shared transport will be arranged from Oslo Airport Gardermoen (not Oslo Airport Torp or Oslo Airport Rygge) on 19 July at 4.30pm, as well as back to the airport on 26 July at 2pm (estimated arrival: 3.30pm). EUR 25 each way.

For participants who arrive earlier, there is a bus transfer from Oslo Airport Gardermoen (bus stand 37 outside the building) to Jevnaker (near Halvorsbøle Retreat Centre). On Saturdays, the bus leaves the airport at 09.30 and 13.45. Approximately 1 hour drive. Price NOK 230. From Jevnaker, one can go to Halvorsbøle by taxi (NOK 250-300). A pick-up at Jevnaker may sometimes be arranged. If this should be possible, we will send information in advance.

Budget accommodation in Oslo:
Cochs Pensjonat
Anker Hotel
Anker Hostel
Haraldsheim Youth Hostel
Ellingsens Pensjonat
Comfort Hotel XPress Oslo

Information, registration and payment
Scandinavian participants
Contact Acem Norway
Non-Scandinavian participants:
Use "Registration and payment" button at the top of this column. For info, contact Acem International.

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Course type: Beginner's Courses

The course is arranged by Acem International School of Meditation


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