Mindful Artists Network

Weekend Retreat: The Heart of Creativity - Mindfulness & the Arts
17-20 July 2014 at the Berlin practice centre Quelle des Mitgefühls

Are you a writer, musician, filmmaker, performer, visual artist, storyteller, dancer, art therapist, journalist, or work in some other art form? Are you looking for a way to ground your art in a mindful, sustainable, spiritual practice?

Mindfulness practitioners from all Buddhist traditions who work in a variety of art forms are invited to come together for a weekend of meditation, creative exploration and community building. 

Sister Jewel (Dharma teacher, European Institute of Applied Buddhism, Germany)
Susanne Olbrich (pianist & composer, Findhorn, Scotland)
Aleksandra Kumorek (writer & director, Berlin, Germany)

The Heart of Creativity - Mindfulness & the Arts 


Spiritual Practice 

Mindfulness is being here now, with kindness and openhearted curiosity. Awakening us to the fullness of being, body and mind together, the energy of mindfulness has the capacity to heal and

transform. On this weekend, we will slow down and come home to our body and breath by practicing sitting, walking and eating meditation together. Simple movement practices, Deep

Relaxation, periods of silence and time spent outdoors will all be part of this retreat.


Creative Exploration

Playful exercises including sound, music, images and natural materials will encourage creative exploration and connection amongst participants across art forms. The creative process invites receptivity, presence and non-linear thinking. By listening deeply to ourselves, each other and the earth, we can tap into those qualities and connect with the creative fire at the source.



Another focus will be on reflection: What kinds of seeds do we water as artists in the collective consciousness of our society? What constraints are we exposed to in our professional lives? How can Buddhist ethics be integrated into our work? There will also be opportunities to continue working on these themes after the retreat for those who wish.


Community Building

The ancient tradition of tea ceremony will provide a frame for participants presenting their art work within the group (please bring along some examples). Building sangha and strengthening connections amongst creative practitioners is one of the aims of this retreat, and there will be room for sharing and networking. 


17 – 20 July 2014 "Quelle des Mitgefühls" Berlin (www.quelle-des-mitgefuehls.de)




150 Euros (residential), reduced price (for persons with low income) 120 Euros (residential)

120 Euros (non-residential or tent), reduced price 100 Euros (non-residential or tent)


These rates are set to cover the basic costs of the retreat and do not include any fees for the facilitators. At the end of the weekend participants will have an opportunity to offer a donation to the teachers in the Buddhist tradition of Dana if they wish.


General Information:


The number of places is limited: 10 residential places (for people living in Berlin) and 10 non-residential places (for people living outside of Berlin). Early booking is recommended.


The retreat will be held in English (with German translation, if necessary).

The retreat will start on Thursday, 17th of July at 6 pm. Please check in between 4-6 pm. The reteat will finish on Sunday, 20th of July at 4 pm. All meals are included.

Quelle des Mitgefühls is a centre in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh: there are no single rooms available, only triple/quadruple rooms; men and women sleep in separate rooms; the food is vegan; smoking and alcohol are not permitted on the premises.


Quelle des Mitgefühls: Heidenheimer Str. 27, 13467 Berlin-Hermsdorf, 5 minutes from the overground station (S-Bahn) Hermsdorf and the bus 125 (stop Drewitzer Straße).


Information about the Berlin transportation system BVG, rates, fares etc.

How to book?


1) Please send us an email (contact page) - we will send you our booking form & payment details.

2) Please send us the completed booking form and the confirmation of your payment.

3) We will confirm your booking.

For any further questions, please send us an email (in English or German).


If you want to come earlier or stay longer: The beautiful Tibetan Rigpa Centre in Berlin Charlottenburg offers rooms from 35 Euros.