Mind & Life Europe Retreat

The MLE Retreat was first organized by Mind & Life Europe in 2019, following the tradition of the European Summer Research Institute (ESRI) to support young scholars in the area of contemplative studies.

In the original vision of Francisco J. Varela, the integration of wisdom traditions and science hinges upon the emergence of a generation of scholar-practitioners who have existentially succeeded - to some degree and each in their own way - in giving adequate space to their contemplative as well as professional training and practice.

By nature, as both life and contemplative development are unpredictable, the process towards integration of these dimensions necessarily involves continuous adjustments, choices, and reorientations. It brings rewards, but also exacts a cost. For all of us who feel drawn or compelled to this type of existential project, the path is strewn with challenges.


About the MLE Retreat

The MLE Retreat offers an opportunity to systematically explore our individual trajectories, motivations, challenges and opportunities using contemplative practice and other tools for self-exploration and self-development. Which choices and circumstances have brought us to where we are? What is it we are striving for and why? How might we move forward towards this goal? What might be the cost, and are we willing to pay it?

Emphasizing individual and group work and employing an intensive contemplative and dialogic approach, the retreat is facilitated by experienced scholar-practitioners. As exploration of contemplative practice and its role in our present lives will be a key element for the retreat, younger and/or early career scholars and professionals who have an established, regular meditation practice are encouraged to apply.

MLE Retreat 2019

Themed "Exploring Contemplative Life: Integrating personal, professional and spiritual aspects of our path", the MLE Retreat 2019 took place directly after the Contemplative Science Symposium in F├╝rstenfeldbruck, Germany.

The MLE Retreat was led by Martijn van Beek and Hanneli ├ůgotsdatter. More than thirty partipants from eighteen countries made these two days a unique experience.

Get some insights from the MLE Retreat 2019 by checking out our MLE Retreat Review.