Miksang Introduction Retreat
August 31 - September 3, 2023
Retreat Center Dechen Chöling, Le Mas Marvent, France
Slowing down starts with coming to a full stop. You stop searching for pictures and practice uninhibited looking. Before you take a picture you allow your perception fully in.
Experience you experiences of clear and delightful seeing with Miksang Photography and let these four days change your habitual looking into unbiased looking and fresh seeing. Discover in a fun and profound way the everyday beauty. With Miksang ‘Good Eye’ your reality unfolds into a playground of visual richness. You learn to recognize your unique resonances, which changes your outlook on life itself as well, becoming more appreciative and connected in the here and now.
You will learn to photograph in a simplified manner with slow photography and the 5 steps of the Miksang Method. Explore the world of form in the harmonious environment of Dechen Chöling and in the natural quietness of the French countryside.
Stepwise you will be introduced to the Miksang basics and guided through the process of pure perception, learning all ins and outs of the dynamics of looking, seeing and seeing from the heart. The series of exercises and photographic assignments help you dissolve mental filters and clearing the ‘colored glasses’ through which you look at things. Each day you set out with a new photographic Miksang assignment. With talks, Q&A, examples, exercises, photographic assignments and each day ends with the image review.
With day trips to the nearby city Limoges and nearby town St. Junien.
• Location: Retreat Center Dechen Chöling, France
• Program price is exclusive accommodation, meals and travel.
• Book your in-house accommodation at Retreat Center Dechen Chöling, this includes all meals.
Retreat Center Dechen Chöling is located in the middle of France. This unique retreat centre is nestled among the beautiful soft green hills of Limousin region. The main château and surrounding farm buildings sit in an open yet protected landscape. The grounds surrounding the buildings are dotted with century-old trees, flower gardens brimming with roses, and rolling fields. The extensive 56 hectares comprise of serene fields and lush forests. Some of this land has been adapted as amenities and camping sites, while the remaining land remains unspoiled in its natural form.
The building and houses on this Dharma Land of Great Bliss host a meditation hall, a modern kitchen, a rustic dining room, a cosy meditation space in the chateau, and offices. Nearby meadows and farmland are grazed by cows and horses, while the energetic Vienne river passes nearby. The immediate area lends itself well to short or long walks, energetic runs and hikes, and short dip in cool water. Small sleepy French villages are in found at a short distance from Le Mas Marvent.
You may take a trip to nearby Saint-Junien or Saint-Victurnien towns, where you can rent a bike or enjoy a coffee at one of the local boulangeries.
Sometimes a training is able to completely change the way you experience and perceive things. The introduction 'Seeing from your heart' is such a training that more than fulfills its promise. Hèlen Vink expertly guides you through the basics of the `Miksang process. During the training I learned to really see the world around me in a different way. There is now more room for wonder, creativity and inspiration…
As a photographer just starting out, it was also a very good introduction to photography and the possibilities of my camera. It is now a few months after training and I still regularly go out to do miksang photography. I am very happy with the photos I took and that leaves me wanting more…
One moment at a time - free & joyful