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Snow Mountain Retreat 2020

Blissful Union

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

Six-week Silent Retreat with Gen Kelsang Devi

Immerse yourself in this supreme opportunity to enjoy the sublime practices of Tantric Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage. Based on the unsurpassed teachings from the book ‘The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra’ by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, engage in each of the four great preliminary guides (approx 3 weeks) and then absorb into the five stages of the actual practice of Mahamudra (approx 3 weeks) which are the actual methods to attain full enlightenment in this lifetime. This beautiful practice will take place within the qualified retreat conditions of the exquisite environment of Kailash IRC – a quiet and joyful place located in the beautiful Swiss mountains.

Although this retreat is guided as a whole, not every session is guided. Some sessions will be self-guided to enable practitioners to deepen their own experience and confidence in meditation.

  • Date: 4 January - 16 February, 2020
  • Venue: Kailash International Retreat Centre
  • Translation: The retreat will be guided in English but where possible we will organise translation. Please let us know your requirements when booking.
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…when through the force of meditation our mind transforms into the mind of great bliss… and this mind realises emptiness directly, this is the union of great bliss and emptiness, the actual realisation of Mahamudra.’
Excerpt from the ‘The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra’
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

the teacher

Gen Kelsang Devi is the Resident Teacher of Kailash International Retreat Centre and Kadampa Meditation Center Switzerland. She is a Buddhist nun and senior teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition, having studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for 20 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. During this time Gen Devi has engaged in extensive silent meditation retreat and has also taught and skilfully guided numerous group retreats around the world. Gen Devi’s experience makes her teachings and guidance in retreats very powerful, clear and practical and her joyful warmth and humour make them accessible to everyone.

booking + fees

Choose your accommodation preference 

and click below for prices:

Retreat only (no accommodation):

One week: CHF 300.-

Two weeks: CHF 585.-

Three weeks: CHF 800.-

Six weeks: CHF 1435.-

Cost for bed in a Quadruple Room in the Main House with Shared Bathroom:

One week: CHF 390.-

Two weeks: CHF 739.-

Three weeks: CHF 1061.-

Six weeks: CHF 1950.-


Cost for bed in a Twin Room in the Main House with Shared Bathroom:

One week: CHF 600.-

Two weeks: CHF 1137.-

Three weeks: CHF 1633.-

Six weeks: CHF 2654.-

Cost for bed in a Twin Room in the Main House with Shared Bathroom:

One week: CHF 720.-

Two weeks: CHF 1365.-

Three weeks: CHF 1960.-

Six weeks: CHF 3218.-

Single Room in the Kadampa Temple with shared bathroom.

One week: CHF 720.-

Two weeks: CHF 1535.-

Three weeks: CHF 2205.-

Six weeks: CHF 3472.-

Single Room in the Kadampa Temple with ensuite bathroom.

One week: CHF 900.-

Two weeks: CHF 1706.-

Three weeks: CHF 2450.-

Six weeks: CHF 3858.-

Large Single Room in the Kadampa Temple with ensuite bathroom.

One week: CHF 930.-

Two weeks: CHF 1736.-

Three weeks: CHF 2531.-

Six weeks: CHF 3987.-

Luxury Studio Room with ensuite bathroom (includes bath/shower):

One week: CHF 960.-

Two weeks: CHF 1802.-

Three weeks: CHF 2613.-

Six weeks: CHF 4115.-


Can I attend part of the retreat?

It is possible to attend a part or the whole retreat. You can select from the following options when booking: 

1. Part 1 (the first three weeks) January 4 - 24, 2020, The Four Great Preliminary Guides

2. Part 2 (the last three weeks) January 25 - February 16 2020, The Five stages of Mahamudra

3. Full Retreat (six weeks) January 4 - February 16, 2020, The Four Great Preliminary Guides and The Five stages of Mahamudra

4. The first one or two weeks of Parts 1 & 2

Why attend a retreat?

In retreat we take the time to step away from the busyness and distractions of daily life, creating the space in which we can take the teachings to heart and cultivate a deep experience of inner peace and further our spiritual practice. 

If I'm a complete beginner, can I attend?

We offer a variety of retreats to suit everyone. If you are new to meditation or have never done retreat in the Kadampa Buddhist tradition, we recommend you begin your journey with an Introductory Retreat >>

What do I need to bring?

You may find it useful to bring comfortable clothes, indoor shoes/slippers, toiletries, notepad and pen, books relevant to the course or retreat, swiss francs (or they accept cards in most shops/public transport), water bottle, plug adapter. For longer retreats we will contact you with a more extensive checklist of things to bring.

Is the Centre easy to get to?

Despite its remote location, Kailash IRC is very easy to get to by public transport, as well as driving. Please visit the Directions >> page for further details.

Do you cater for special diets?

All the meals we provide are vegetarian and use fresh and organic local produce where possible. We offer vegan and wheat/gluten-free options. Please specify your dietary requirements when you book so we can best accommodate you.