Program Details

Family Camp and Rites of Passage - Adults


with Achim Schlage
July 18 / 3:00 PM - July 29 / 10:00 AM

International Family Camp is a wonderful chance to bring meditation and the Shambhala teachings into family life, and to give parents and children a chance to soak in an atmosphere of mindfulness and awareness. Join us for this vibrant time at the height of the summer!


Playing, practising and exploring nature, parents and children have time to spend both together and apart in a creative and gentle adventure. In the mornings, parents will have the opportunity to meditate, study and share on common topics with each other. The teachers will lead morning sessions each day which include talks, meditation practice and discussions. Afternoons are designed as family time and will offer open space and structured group activities for the entire family.


Programme Structure


There are four streams of activity happening during Family Camp : Family time, Children’s programme, Parents’ programme, and Rites of Passage. Please be aware that children and parents will participate in the different portions accordingly. See the below schedule. Note that separation happens during the morning session only.


 


Programme Structure


There are four streams of activity happening during Family Camp : Family time, Children’s programme, Parents’ programme, and Rites of Passage. Please be aware that children and parents will participate in the different portions accordingly. See the below schedule. Note that separation happens during the morning session only.


Of course, parents are welcome to visit the younger children’s programme, and likewise sometimes the youngest children prefer to sit with mummy and daddy during their class.


All engagement in afternoon/evening activities is optional, however participation in classes and meditation practice is highly encouraged for parents, in order to get the most out of this retreat.


Parents’s classes: We look at everyday family life as the place where our children learn how to be – in countless beautiful and difficult situations, rather than through thoughtful ‘education’. What could help us to be available for our children, again and again, with love and clarity? What could help us to be kind and nourishing to ourselves as well, allowing us to enjoy the richness of family life and create a space in which our children can grow? We will look at meditations and teachings from Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism, a rich treasure, based on the wisdom of the heart and at the same time down to earth, applicable to parenting and family life.


Sample Schedule:



 


Children aged 8-12 have the opportunity to join the Rites of Passage programme. Click here to find out more.


For Children over 10 years old who don’t want to join Family Camp – Check out Sun Camp!
In the same period, Shambhala Sun Camp
an independent children’s programme for children aged 10-16 is run on the nearby land of Dechen Chöling. Sun Camp is a sleep away camp for youngsters across Europe and beyond. This week is filled with opportunities to have fun, make friends and learn to take responsibility for oneself and one's world.



Practical


Arrival day (Saturday 18th July): Programme starts at 8pm. You're invited to come from 14:00 in order to register and settle in your tent. Dinner is served at 18:45
End of programme (Tuesday 28th July): Ends a Rites of Passage Ceremony and a festive family banquet in the evening.
Departure day (Wednesday 29th July): You may leave anytime (no programme). You're welcome to stay for lunch.


This programme is taught in English. Free translation into French or other languages needs to be confirmed. Important: We need 2 months notice of translation requests. If you are registering late, please contact us directly about translation.


Accommodation - Family camp 

The standard accommodation for this programme is two-person tents, families will be housed in tents located close to each other in the same camp-ground. If you are coming with a child who is under 4 years old or who would prefer to sleep in the same tent, we can accommodate extra mattresses in the two-person tents. Thank you for specifying any adjustments needed in the comments section of the registration form. 

Family rooms
If you would like to be housed in a family room so that everyone is housed together inside, please choose the ‘two-person room’ option when registering. We will do the best to accommodate this request, as we have limited space on-land please we may not always be able to accommodate your first choice. 


 


Price Information























































FAMILY CAMP 2020 PRICES
(Euro)AdultsChildren
 ......5-10 yrs3-4 yrs< 3 yrs
Programme price    
Standard220110110see *
Early Bird (< 21 May)1708585see *
Concession1507575see *
Full board (standard accommodation + all meals)
41 €/night20,50 €/night5 €/night5 €/night

* This programme is not accessible to children below 3 years old. However, they are welcome at Dechen Chöling, under your responsibility. If you bring a nanny or au pair, they pay 20 euros per day. Please follow the registration form which guides you in registering more than one person. Thank you!


Registration


To register children for Family Camps and Rites of Passage, please click HERE

Go to Dechen Chöling's website