Per Tonstad talking with Henrik Nolte at an Acem retreat
He has moved from applied to fine art, from black-and-white to colour, from ink and pencil to watercolour, and from hard lines to sensitive images with a psychological depth. I met German artist Henrik Nolte at the 2011 international summer retreat.
Last August The Meditation Blog posted some reflections on the paintings of the Berlin artist Henrik Nolte. The paintings had gone from black and white to colour, we were told, with an increasing sensitivity, coupled with humour and a sharp edge.
I recently returned from 3 weeks’ retreat in Acem meditation. It was a retreat with very long meditations that allowed the meditators to explore new aspects of the mind. Periods where the mind wandered through thoughts and emotions regarding present and past life experiences were intermingled with more silent hours where the mind became quiet although awake and present.
First time in Spain!
24-30 July 2011
· in Sabadell near Barcelona
· led by the founder of Acem, Dr Are Holen
– Long meditations
– Guidance groups
– Acem Yoga
– Social interaction
— Josefina Prieto after the summer retreat
When a friend recommended Acem Meditation, Josefina decided to give it a try. The first experience made her feel this was something she wanted to go for. She would like to practise the technique in her everyday life – not just try it for a short time.
“It gave me more energy and a different perspective on some important areas of my life,” she says.
Jacqueline Robert, Alicante, Spain:
What does a middle-aged female doctor do when she is unhappy with her life? Jacqueline Robert from Alicante, Spain decided to learn Acem Meditation. In the six years since then, the method has changed her life in unexpected ways.
“It has been a long process,” says Jacqueline. “When I started meditating in 2003, I was quite unhappy with myself, but didn’t know how to change. I googled ‘meditación Alicante’, found Acem, and liked what I saw. Down to earth and with no religious strings attached. To begin with, I didn’t practise every day – I was too preoccupied with the problems in my life. But as I began to discover the long-term benefits of the method, I started meditating regularly.”
The Acem International Retreat Centre at Halvorsbøle is situated one hour’s drive outside Oslo, Norway. The centre stands on a hill with a panoramic view of the Randsfjord lake and nearby hamlets. The surroundings are stunningly beautiful and epitomise the deep peace and quiet of Scandinavia.
In the past, the site served as a venue for the Norwegian government’s annual budget talks, as well as for the negotiations that led to the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO in 1993.
Anup Jayaraj, Indian Chess Champion
Cool, calm, and collected. That’s how Anup Jayaraj, 18, sums up the qualities of a good chess player.
We meet him in Rishikesh at Acem’s Millennium Retreat in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. He has just returned from a chess tournament with top players in Delhi where he has won the championship, winning four games and drawing two. At present, his mind is set on an even greater goal: to become a Grand Master, of which there are only five in India. To achieve this goal, Anup practises Acem Meditation. He says that it improves his confidence and his concentration, both of which are essential in chess. After the retreat, we hear news of more victories for Anup.
This book provides useful information for those who want to know how to prepare for long meditations at Acem retreats. Long meditations contribute to increased insight into one’s meditation process, as well as refined meditation practice in one’s daily life. The book is useful for those who want to participate in an Acem Meditation retreat, whether it is a weekend or a weeklong retreat.