International Summer Retreat in Norway

Course type: Regular Retreat in Acem Meditation

This retreat is an opportunity for self-exploration and social interaction in an international environment. The scenic surroundings provide a perfect setting for meditation, yoga and stimulating talks and discussions.

Regular Retreat in Acem Meditation

Course facts

Course starts
Saturday 14 July 2012, 18:00
Course ends
Saturday 21 July 2012, 14:00
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Intensive practice of Acem Meditation makes deep layers of mental stress and muscular tension give way to a calmer and more receptive frame of mind. Refining your meditative practice gradually enables you to recognise patterns and emotions previously hidden from your awareness.

One aim of the retreat is to help you master the three-hour level of long meditations. Small guidance groups led by experienced instructors provide you with ample opportunity to discuss your meditative experiences. This enhances meditation skills and deepens insights into central personal issues.

Evening seminars

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

Daily guidance

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.


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

Social interaction

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

Typical daily programme

  •  Long meditation of 3 to 4 hours in the morning
  •  Guidance groups
  •  Yoga
  •  Afternoon group meditation
  •  Evening talks
  •  Social interaction

The venues

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.

The Lundsholm Retreat Centre in Arvika, Sweden is situated by a lake in the peaceful Värmland scenery.

Lactovegetarian meals

The Acem Retreats cuisine is based on lactovegetarian food well suited for long meditations.

Other retreats

An International Student's Retreat and several International Deepening Retreats takes place each year. See the dates on our calendar.


The course is arranged by Acem International School of Meditation

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Discounted course fee
The course fees above are for participants residing outside Scandinavia only: 18 percent off the regular fee when paid after 1 June. The fees includes full board (lacto-vegetarian diet) and ensuite accommodation in a single room.

Multi-retreat discount
In addition to the regular discount, non-Scandinavian participants will get a discount of €80 per extra week if they participate in more than one retreat (regular retreat, deepening retreat, communication course) at Halvorsbøle or Lundsholm this summer. Participants must first pay the full fee for all retreats, but will receive €80 upon check-in at the discounted retreats.

Arrival and departure
Shared transport will be arranged from Oslo Airport Gardermoen (not Oslo Airport Torp or Oslo Airport Rygge) on 14 July at 4.30pm, as well as back to the airport on 21 July at 2pm (estimated arrival: 3.30pm).

There is a bus transfer from Oslo Airport Gardermoen (bus stand 29 outside the building) to Jevnaker (near Halvorsbøle Retreat Centre). On Saturdays, the bus leaves the airport at: 09:30 a.m. and 13:45 p.m. Approximately 1 hour drive. Price 200 NOK. From Jevnaker, one can go to Halvorsbøle by taxi. 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

Information, registration and payment
Scandinavian participants
Contact Acem Norway (tel: +47 23 11 87 00, address: P. O. Box 2559 Solli, NO-0202 Oslo, Norway)
Non-Scandinavian participants:
Use "Registration and payment" button at the top of this column. For info, contact Acem International.

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Are Holen

Founder of Acem. Psychiatrist.

Tor Hersoug

Acem Meditation initiator, deputy head of Acem International. Now retired, former professor of economics at the University of Oslo and director of economic research, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise.

Halvor Eifring

General Secretary of Acem International. Professor of Chinese, University of Oslo.

Maria S. Gjems-Onstad

Acem Meditation Initiator. Clinical Psychologist in private practice.