Amanjiwo’s annual four-night retreat is a comprehensive programme including guided meditation classes, private yoga instruction and tours of the ninth-century Buddhist monument in the town of Borobudur, Central Java, Indonesia.
Why we love it: The combination of female-taught daily meditation classes with opportunities to visit Borobudur temple and learn about the Buddhist history of the local area make this retreat one of a kind. Taking inspiration from the lush natural surroundings of Amanjiwo and the spiritual region of Central Java, this experience cannot be found anywhere else.
Practices on offer: Daily meditation classes are offered, both in Amanjiwo’s art gallery and outside the hotel at Dagi Hill, on Borobudur’s western slope. Lectures and tours of the temples are given with dinner served in a traditional Javanese house and other activities are included; there is also time to enjoy the resort’s sumptuous facilities.
Must-do activity at retreat: An evening candlelit puja or chanting experience will be held on the final evening of the retreat. It is designed to help in the process of letting go and healing while commemorating those who have passed, and is a perfect way to end the retreat.
Ambiance and style: Amanjiwo, meaning peaceful soul, is filled with a sweeping sense of place, an overwhelming aura of past majesty. The heart of Amanjiwo is a spherical limestone monolith centered by a soaring, bell-shaped rotunda.
The Inward Journey retreat is taught by renowned meditation teacher Khandro Thrinlay Chodon, known as Khandro-la. She emphasizes the fact that her programs are designed to integrate meditation into one’s daily routine. “Meditation and pilgrimage are not separate from daily life,” she says. “My programs are interesting and varied to encourage participants to expand into who they truly are. So joy and fun, visiting holy places, meditating quietly in profound sites, listening and sharing – these are just some of the experiences I offer.”
Where: Situated between two royal cities of Central Java,Surakarta (Solo) and Yogyakarta, Amanjiwo is located in the picturesque Menoreh Hills, with four volcanoes in view, as well as the ninth century Buddhist temple, Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cost: The four night retreat costs $3,400 USD plus taxes for a Garden Suite, and $4,200 USD plus taxes for a Garden Pool Suite. These prices include yoga, morning and afternoon meditation group classes, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as airport transfers and entrance fees toBorobudur and Mendut temples.
How long to go for: Amanjiwo’s Inward Journey is a four night retreat from 20th to 24th September 2012. This is an annual retreat so if you miss it this year, you’ll have to wait until 2013. However, you can, of course, enjoy Amanjiwo resort at any time.
Amenities and extras: Amanjiwo offers pure luxury in a breathtaking location. Accommodation is in 36 amazing suites; with facilities include a 40 meter infinity pool, a library, restaurants, two tennis courts and an art gallery.
Not so hot: It’s a shame the retreat runs only once a year, so if you miss it you’ll have to wait until next year for the opportunity to take your Inward Journey.
Address and website: Amanjiwo Resort is located at Ds. Majaksingi,Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.
The Inward Journey meditation retreat will take place from 20th to 24th September 2012.
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