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As a human, you would want to feel in control. However, Zen encourages you to take a fresh look at your inbred beliefs, to make mistakes and not be horrified by them. Zen acknowledges that there will always be conflicts in your life and teaches you not to dwell upon them through this retreat. Kerala is always green, but during the monsoon season, its greenery positively explodes and it is a great time to have a well-deserved mini break with your hosts Karen and Sivan.
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During this retreat, you will stay at Kin-Hin Zen Meditation Center. Kin-Hin, being a private home, is primarily a non-residential Zen center. There are two guest rooms for home-stay accommodation if a personal, friendly, and homely atmosphere appeals to you. It is perfect for those that prefer to stay away from the main tourist area and experience Indian village life.
Kin-Hin has a large sit out area for your private use. The rooms are on the second floor of the house and are well-furnished with modern en-suite bathrooms which have solar-heated hot water. Wi-Fi, filtered water, tea bags, and coffee are all available for you too. Daily meditation is conducted on the roof in the morning and evening. You can use the space for personal practice at other times.
Yoga is especially important in today’s world and lifestyle as the need to combine body, mind, and spirit becomes increasingly essential in order to remain balanced. Regular practice brings about subtle changes in one's approach to life. Exercising the body and stilling the mind produces an inner peace. This peace is one's true nature and the essence of yoga and meditation practice.
In its beginning stages, Zazen is a practice of concentration. More than just meditation, Zazen is a powerful tool for self-inquiry. Through Zazen, you can come to grasp Dogen's definition of Zen, to forget yourself and be enlightened by the ten thousand things and through that understanding, you have the potential to transform your life.
Zen is not a technique to be learned, it is more of an attitude toward life and Zen meditation is a superb spiritual practice with no technique to learn and no promises extended. Sitting with a group gives you the chance to connect with one another on a profound level without the need for words.
Understanding Zen means understanding yourself. This understanding cannot be found in books. One needs to experience Zen and the experience needs to be first hand. Zen is to experience observing all your thoughts without acting on them. Be the master of your mind and not a slave.
Karen came to India in 1997 for a three-week holiday and decided to make Kerala her home. For 10 years, she ran yoga and massage holidays in Kovalam. From 2007 until mid-2012, she lived, worked, served, and followed Zen at Bodhi Zendo, blessed to have guidance and support from Zen master, AMA Samy. She then returned to the "marketplace" and began a new chapter with Kin-Hin. She is also a qualified aromatherapist with over 20-year experience. Her diploma in holistic aromatherapy was obtained from the Tisserand Institute in London in 1993.
Sivan grew up in Pachalloor, is an experienced yoga teacher in India and Europe, and has a wealth of local knowledge about the area and its customs.
This retreat will take place in Pachalloor, India. Kin-Hin is in Pachalloor, near Trivandrum, by the Arabian Sea and the Karamana River, a peaceful location with stunning views. It is now close to The Lagoona Beach Resort and is about a 10-minute drive from Kovalam. The setting is idyllic!
During this retreat, you will be served with breakfast and evening meals daily. Breakfast would consist usually of an exotic, fresh fruit salad.
You will be given free time to relax and enjoy Kerala. There are small, local eateries close by. You can dine in restaurants or buy food from supermarkets along Kovalam Junction. There are attractions you can explore in Kovalam Beach. This is an idyllic spot to watch the Indian sunset. If you prefer to stay indoors, massage treatments are also available for you to unwind.
Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Transfer from the airport is included. Kin-Hin will pick you up from the airport. The airport is 12 kilometers from central Trivandrum. The journey by car takes around 20 minutes. Lagoona Beach Resort, The Beach, and Lake Resort are your landmarks.
The closest bus stop is near Pachalloor Devi Temple on the bypass road.
Trivandrum also has the nearest railway station to Kin-Hin. You can book your trip to arrive at Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (TVC).
Taxi pickups can be arranged if you prefer to arrive from your own cab. Transfer would cost 750 INR.
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