Thursday, October 4, 2012


Up to three meditators at a time may reside in a very personal practice setting. Stays may range from a brief visit up to several weeks. The practice may range from initial instruction for beginners to intense meditation for longer periods of time. In order to profit from an extended stay previous retreat experience is an asset, since yogis are required to practice independently. Interviews and guidance will be given on demand.

The cottage is modern and located in a village environment. It comes with hot shower, washing machine, fridge, fans and internet connection. Two bathrooms and one separate room are available for visitors. Food, mostly vegetarian, will be provided as needed. No fees apply, donations are welcome.


Venerable Bhante Sobhana was born in 1952. He is a monk of the forest tradition and has been a wandering ascetic for more than thirty years. He has profound experience in insight- (vipassana) as well as concentration practices (jhana) with objects ranging from anapana, kasinas to decaying corpses during a decade of mediation on cemeteries and cremation grounds.

Together with Godwin Samaratne he was a pioneer and supporter in the beginnings of the now popular Nilambe meditation center and a supporter of Ayya Khema in the development of the Parappuduwa nuns island.

Among his teachers have been venerable Nyanaponika Thera and  venerable Pemasiri of Sri Lanka as well as Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Asappa of Thailand.

His vipassana instructions trace back to Sayadaw U Pandita and have a rich set of unique approaches stemming from his own practice and that of his teachers.

Venerable Bhante Sobhana is fluent in Sinhala and English.