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NO retreats till June 1st.

In order to slow down the spreading of the Coronavirus, the Dutch government has asked us to avoid meetings of all kinds. Therefore till the first of June all our retreats are canceled.

Have you already booked for a retreat in this period? Then it’s possible for you to ask for a full refund ( Unfortunately Metta Vihara is not insured for any financial loss due to the Coronavirus, so any dana contribution will be very much appreciated.

We sincerely wish everyone whose life is affected by the Coronavirus, in one way or another, the strength and courage to deal with it. May all beings be well and happy.

The retreat center

The retreat centre lies in a rural setting of farms and fields surrounding Hengstdijk, a small village in Dutch Flanders. It is situated between the small towns of Hulst and Terneuzen.

The brand new building accommodates 22 persons. Located on the ground floor are a meditation hall (55 m2); a dining hall/multifunctional meeting area (43m2) which includes a counter for making coffee/tea and a fridge; a library/sitting room (30m2); and a bedroom suitable for 2 people with a physical disability. On the first floor one finds the bedrooms. There are 4 single rooms and 8 doubles, each with an individual ensuite bathroom.

Metta Vihara’s retreat program can be found here.

Retreat in English, December 20 – 29, 2019: read more… 

For information on how to travel to Metta Vihara Retreat Centre by car and by public transport please see here.

Behind the retreat centre lies the small natural reserve ‘De Putting’- a marshy area where farmland birds brood in the spring and geese forage in the winter. Four kilometers from the centre one finds the estuary ‘Westerschelde’. Ten kilometers from the centre lies the ‘Drowned Land of Saeftinghe’, an expansive area of flood plains in the Westerschelde.

The building accommodates 22 persons.

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