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More than 400 participants from around the world

Register for the World Retreat now

taullEnthusiasm for the Acem Meditation World Retreat 2016 in the fantastic surroundings of the Spanish Pyrenees has exceeded all expectations. Two months before the retreat starts, the number of participants enrolled is well above four hundred, including people from a large number of countries in Europe, America and Asia. Read more…

Where the Pyrenees touch the sky

World Retreat approaching

touching the skyHundreds of meditators from around the world have already registered for the second world retreat in Acem’s 50-year long history. They will travel to the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees for a week of intensive meditation, personal reflection, playful interaction, and scenic walks in spectacular surroundings. You may still join them. Read more…

New study reveals the core meditation areas in the brain

By Svend Davanger

brainsThere are three main meditation-related areas in the brain, according to a new meta-analysis study: Insula, the prefrontal cortex, and the anterior cingulate cortex. All of these are located in the front half of the brain, and they seem to be involved irrespective of the type of meditation used.
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Choose your workshop

at the Acem Meditation World Retreat 2016

workshopOn three afternoons during the World Retreat, you can choose between five different exciting and entertaining workshops. The workshops come in three different versions: talks, games and body practices. While most of the talks focus on scientific, cultural or psychological aspects of meditation, two of them are concerned with the history and art of the country we are in: Spain. The games encourage a playful attitude towards the exploration of the self, while the body practices use breath and movements as channels of self-expression. Read more…

Long meditations plus guidance, yoga, workshops, seminars and mountain walks

Rich and varied World Retreat programme

two womenThe World Retreat programme centres on the long meditations. They are preceded by morning yoga and followed by guidance groups as well as evening seminars with Acem’s founder Dr Are Holen. Every day there is time for walking and talking in the forests, grasslands and mountains nearby. In addition, you can choose from several parallel workshops in the afternoon, and informal social activities in the evenings make it easy to get new friends and contacts from different parts of the world. Read more…

Learn to meditate at the World Retreat

Beginner’s courses in several languages available

Kristine meditatesIf you don’t yet know Acem Meditation, you can learn the technique at the World Retreat. And if you already know the method, you can bring along friends or family who want to learn. Beginner’s courses are available in English, German, Spanish, and Mandarin. Read more…

Life’s balance

Are NSTRenowned psychiatrist and disaster survival expert Dr Are Holen is driven by the desire to improve our quality of life, writes R. Gowri of the New Straits Times from Malaysia. Read more…

Chill out

More copy“Here are three novel techniques to help you de-stress,” writes MORE, an American magazine “for women of style and substance”. One of the techniques they recommend for those who want to “chill out” is Acem Meditation, because it does not ask you to empty your mind, but allows thoughts and impressions to come and go freely. This “makes this Norwegian version much easier for some people.” Read more…

Then and Now

Acem Meditation World Retreat 2016

By Ingrid Rentel

waterOnce upon a time…

Way back in the 1960s, young students in the West entered a period of radical breaks with all established truths. They sought new ways of thinking and new perspectives on life. They wanted to change the world with their utopian thoughts and revolutionary ideas.
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Acem at 50 – some reflections

By Carl Henrik Grøndahl

Acem logoIt started with an experience. The last half of the 1960s was a period of open exploration, with large cohorts of young students from the post-war generation entering universities, seeking to change the world with their utopian and revolutionary dreams and ideologies. The people who started building Acem had come across a method that challenged inner dogmatism and narrow-mindedness – a sound-based meditation that facilitated change. Read more…