Situated in the heart of Central Europe, the East West Sanctuary lies in a unique and evocative location, a symbolic crossroads between East and West Europe and Europe and the East. It is a building, a set of ideas, and a community of people both local and global, engaged in the careful and conscious creation of new forms of living.
The Sanctuary offers a haven where people can slow down and relax, tune into a still point inside, and open to emergent spiritual and educational perspectives as the world we know is entering a period of unprecedented change, and a new worldview is unfolding.
Our approach draws upon Buddhist practices and Western hermetic and depth psychological traditions, combined with emerging principles of systems thinking as applied to community, science, society and philosophy. Healing practices are reunited with those of natural living and educational processes, promoting sustainable and ethical community. This is a radical fusion of East and West which we call evolutionary inquiry.
We offer self-development, recreational and health retreats for restoration and relaxation, and a rich and evolving programme of educational retreats and training.
You may wish simply to come and relax, restore, and experience at first hand some of the practices of the East West Sanctuary. Many of these retreats include a visit to the famous spa baths, a massage, and practices for self-development and transformation. It is an opportunity to de-tox, explore the countryside, and feel connected with others. You need no prior experience, simply come and enjoy. Although relaxing and easy, many people go away and make some positive changes to their lives.
Or you may wish to follow one of the educational courses.
In addition, we also run from time to time a foundation training in Buddhist theory and practice and a foundation training in contemplative psychotherapy, which also lead to an EWS certificate.
These teachings draw on ancient Hungarian spiritual practice originating in the East in Buddhist and Ayurvedic form.
Kum Nye is an ancient body meditation practice that is grounded in a system of healing transmitted for nearly 1,200 years within the Buddhist culture of Tibet.
Short courses and weekends for women, exploring our stories and lives through group, ritual, meditation and bodywork. We work together at what it is that holds us back from experiencing ourselves fully in the world, exploring how we make and break relationships, how we relate to ourselves as women, and what spiritual practice means to us.
These provide a more in-depth and applied approach to the work at the EWS.
The summer offering for 2012 is called Tibetan Healing in an Evolving World and explores the links between modern science and Buddhist wisdom.
Intellectual inquiry: International seminars ( for invited participants only)