Retreat Information

A Whole Life Path: Abiding in Stillness, Engaging with Wisdom

February 29-March 29, 2020

Retreat Requirements

Application Process

Accommodations and Meals

Retreat Cost

Scholarship Information

Payment Policy

Cancellation and Refunds

Practical Information

Retreat Requirements

The minimum requirement is to have participated in at least:

*Both Insight/Vipassana and Zen silent retreats qualify for the silent retreat requirements. A Dzogchen silent retreat may be applied to one of the silent retreat requirements. If you have a question about whether a particular silent retreat meets this requirement, please email us at retreats@metta.org.


The above requirements are meant to support your preparedness during an intensive retreat such as this one.  We hope that by announcing this retreat over a year in advance, you will have the opportunity to fulfill these requirements.  If you have not completed the requirements at the time of registration, please provide information about the specific retreat(s) you intend to take, including dates, teacher, and retreat center/location.  

All requirements are to be completed by December 31, 2019. 

We will ask you to submit a history of past retreat and practice experience in the application form and take this into consideration.


We are in the process of gathering and assembling information about upcoming opportunities for Vipassana and ID retreats that fulfill the requirements.  They will be posted here. If you are aware of retreat opportunities that are not listed, please email us and we will make sure to post them.

Application Process

To register, please complete the registration form which will collect information about your retreat history, medical information, and psychological health. This is to assess the suitability of this retreat for you. The teachers will carefully look at this and you may be asked some additional questions via a brief interview with Jill Shepherd as part of the application process.  For this reason, please wait until your registration is confirmed before making your travel plans or submitting payment for retreat.   You will receive confirmation within 2-3 weeks.

Accommodations and Meals

Accommodations at Bosoord include both single and double rooms, most of which have private bathrooms. Single rooms will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis, with priority given to participants with a medical need.  Please register early if you wish to have a single room. Once single rooms are filled, you will be given a shared double room.  If there are special circumstances around the need for a single room, please contact us.

All meals are vegetarian and medical dietary restrictions can be accommodated.  You will be able to make accommodation and dietary requests when you register.

You can also email us with any questions: retreats@metta.org.

Retreat Cost

The fees to attend this retreat are on a tiered fee structure. The tiered fees listed offer you the ability to pay your retreat fee at different levels depending on your financial situation.   Note that all retreat costs are stated in euros.  

In order to convert euros to your currency, go here: https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

Tiered Fees

Subsidized Level

The subsidized level does not fully cover the costs of room and board. This level is subsidized by generous donations from individuals, Metta Programs/Insight Dialogue Community(IDC), and the additional fees from the Supporting Level.


Sustaining Level

The sustaining level covers the costs for your room and board and contributes to costs for: teacher transportation, room, and board; retreat manager room and board; a €10 administrative charge to SIM (see information about SIM, below.)


Supporting Level

The supporting level covers your costs and contributes to teacher costs, and also contributes to the flow of dana by subsidizing the reduced fee of others who are not able to cover the full cost of the retreat.  We offer three levels of support: €150, €300, and €500; you are also welcome to offer more support, of course!  :)

Scholarship Information

The Guiding Sangha of Insight Dialogue Community has contributed generously to the scholarship fund.  Scholarships are granted on the basis of financial need and support the intention to foster a community that is inclusive and diverse in age, gender, sexuality, capacity, race, and ethnicity.   It also will support Insight Dialogue Community (Metta Programs) teachers and facilitators to benefit from an extended retreat opportunity.

Applications for scholarships should be submitted no later than April 1, 2019. Request for scholarships later than that will be dependent on the flow of dana into the scholarship fund.

You will be able to apply for scholarship support when you fill out the registration form.

Monastics: Please email us at retreats@metta.org for scholarship information.

Practicing Generosity

Whether or not you attend this retreat, consider this is a wonderful opportunity to practice generosity for the benefit of all who wish to participate in this retreat and need support. Any dana offered for this purpose is whole-heartedly welcomed.

Community-wide support of this fund will increase the number and amount of scholarships that can be offered and widen access to this Month-Long Retreat. In order to contribute to this fund, please go here.

Payment Policy

Payment Methods

If your currency is the euro

Pay SIM via bank transfer, using SIM’s bank information below.

If your currency is not the euro

We have found that the most economical way to transfer money to SIM is with Transferwise. Most currencies are supported by Transferwise. For more information on using Transferwise go here or visit the Transferwise website.

SIM Account Details


SIM, the Dutch Foundation of Insight Meditation in the Netherlands, is co-host of this retreat and will be accepting all payments.  

All Insight Dialogue retreats offered in the Netherlands and taught by Metta teachers are being organized by SIM. SIM has been hosting Insight Dialogue retreats since the first one, held in 2009, when Bart van Melik invited Gregory to teach in the Netherlands. SIM hosts many Vipassana retreats in the Netherlands taught by internationally renowned teachers from the East and West.

The recipient, SIM, has the following business account details:

Business account:         
Name of business:        Stichting Inzichts Meditatie
Recipient’s address:        Peperweg 9         (street)

                        9891 AK         (zip code)

                        EZINGE         (city)

                        the Netherlands (country)

IBAN number:        NL72 TRIO 0338 4690 87
BIC number:                TRIONL2U
Name of the bank:        TRIODOS BANK

(IBAN = International Bank Account Number)

(BIC=Bank Identifier Code or SWIFT code)

IMPORTANT: When paying, please mention in the remarks: the name of the participant and the name of the retreat 'ID Month-long 2020.' This is very important!

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Fees

Through August 31, 2019:                              €100

September 1-November 30, 2019:                      €250

December 1, 2019--January 31, 2020:             50% of retreat cost*

After January 31, 2020 :                                     no refund*

* If there is someone on the waiting list who can take your place,  we will be able to adjust your refund amount.

Refund Process

Refunded amount will be calculated in euros, then converted to your currency at the live exchange rate at time of refund.  Please be aware that due to fluctuating exchange rates, converted amount may differ from the amount submitted at registration.  Registrant is responsible for any fees incurred during refund process (e.g. Transferwise fees, bank fees.)

Practical Information



Hoofdweg 109

7371 GE Loenen, the Netherlands

About Bosoord

Bosoord is part of the Maitreya Institute, a Tibetan Buddhist organization. Maitreyan community members live and practice in the same building that we will use for our retreat.  Over the last couple of years, many Insight Dialogue and Vipassana retreats have been held here.

http://www.bosoord.nl/  (English version here)  


The closest airport to Bosoord is Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). From there, transportation to Loenen is quite easy, via a 1hr 15min train ride to the town of Apeldoom (€20). From there, we will arrange a service to pick you up and take you to Bosoord.  We will also explore possibilities to pick you up directly from the airport.  After your registration is approved, retreat participants will receive more detailed transportation information.

NOTE:  Please do not buy your airline ticket until your registration is confirmed.

Opening and Closing Dates and Times

Your attendance for the full length of the retreat is required.

Opening Day:  February 29, 2020

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Arrival and registration*

6:00 pm Light meal served

7:00 pm Opening session

Closing Day:  March 29, 2020

12:00 pm noon:  Lunch served.  Retreat closes after lunch.

*If you wish to arrive before 2:00 pm, please contact us so we can communicate this to Bosoord.