5 - 15 June 2021

The goal of insight meditation, also called Vipassana, is freeing oneself from over-conditioning.

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The de-conditioning is liberating, as it gives you more choice possibilities.

The path towards de-conditioning is remarkable, interesting, and a source of joy. Also it brings triple peace: with ourselves, others, and the world. This nurtures unconditional love: being able to give without needing something back, which is crucial for the unfolding of our relationships.

All living beings are conditioned. Already a unicellular organism reacts differently to nearby nutrition or poison: in approaching or avoiding. This primitive form of desire and aversion enhances the survival chances of the organism.

Sometimes an organism may be over-conditioned, we may notice this in ourselves as well, but cannot help repeating the behaviour pattern. This creates in us suffering.

Humans have the capacity to de-condition within their lifetime, so that they are no longer subject to their over-conditioning and the resulting suffering.


mainly consists of walking, sitting, and some work meditation (the latter mainly preparing food and some other help in the center). The meditation starts with the sunrise  at 6 o’clock and finishes within lunch-time at 13:30. Every morning each participant will have the opportunity to a personal interview with Henk.

During the afternoon there is occasion to go to the beach or to rest and contemplate in the peaceful surroundings of the Campus. This form of Vipassana-lite gives you the possibility to apply the fruit of a morning insight directly into your daily actions and your communication with others. After every dinner there will be a dhamma-talk to conclude the day.


The 5th is arrival day with check-in in the afternoon, registration and the welcome meal at 20:30. From the 6th onward the silent retreat takes place in the morning from 06:00 – 13:30, the afternoons are integration time with respectful speech and also beach time!

At the end of the retreat, you have the opportunity to offer Dhana to the teacher.

How to book this retreat

  • book your retreat at the Alexandros Community Centre (embedded in sidebar)

Workshop Leader


Hen(dri)k Barendregt (1947) studied from 1972 to 1979 Zen meditation with Kobun  Chino  Roshi (1938-2002) in California, and from 1977 to 2006 Vipasssana meditation with Phra Mettavihari (1942-2007).

In 2006 he was qualified with 13 other senior students to teach vipassana in the Mahasi style. Henk Barendregt studied Mathematical Logic in 1971 at Utrecht University, where he received his doctorate cum laude in 1971 under Dirk van Dalen en Georg Kreisel. His best known works in logic are The Lambda Calculus, Its Syntax and Semantics  (translated into Russian and Chinese), 1981, Elsevier, and Lambda Calculus with Types , 2013, Cambridge University Press. Henk Barendregt has received substantial personal research funds from Nijmegen University (1997) and the Spinoza award in 2002 from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO). Given funds enabelled him to direct an interdisciplinary research group towards understanding insight meditation and its effects in neuropsychological terms, see link Dhamma pages . Barendregt, Knight in the Order of the Nederlandse Leeuw (Dutch Lion), holds memberships of the Academia Europaea, the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen, and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.

Mirjam Hartkamps

Mirjam Hartkamp (1980) graduated in Art -Therapies, and Cognitive science, with a certificate in psychotherapy and studied western and Buddhist philosophy.

Having worked in Spain, Argentina, The Netherlands and Malta, she currently lives in Rome for her PhD on meditation and well-being (La Sapienza, cognitive psychology). Mirjam started practicing vipassana intensively in 2009, with teachers from East and West and teaches since 2013.

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Community Work

Alexandros is run by and as a full community comprising the unpaid volunteer staffers and guests. You’ll be joining the cooking team once in the week, and helping with clean up or gardening. The work is not onerous, 6-7 hr in the week. This makes our programs more affordable and helps us build community together.


Many Questions you may have, are already answered in our FAQ. If you do not find an appropriate answer please don’t hesitate to contact us.




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