Harvest Meditation and Art Retreat in Hungary

  • H-9400 Sopron, Kolostorhegy utca 1., Hungary
  • Nov 1 - 3, 2019 (3 days)

Event Highlights

  • 5 Guided sitting and walking meditation sessions
  • 3 Guided contemplative art practice sessions
  • 4 Full-course meals, prepared from seasonal, local ingredients in the Monastery's in-house restaurant
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • Optional Swedish or Sole-Reflex massage services available for additional cost


Friday Nov 1:
2-3pm Arrival and check-in
4pm Introduction session: guided sitting and walking meditation (no experience necessary)
6pm Dinner
8pm Evening session: guided contemplative art practice, "Making our Authentic Mark" (no experience necessary)

Saturday Nov 2:
8:00am Optional morning sitting and walking meditation
8:30am Breakfast
10am Morning session: guided sitting and walking meditation, "The Field of Awareness"
12:30pm Lunch
- Break -
3pm Afternoon session: guided meditation and exploration, "The Cycle of the Seasons"
4:30pm Guided art practice, "The Cycle of the Seasons"
7pm Dinner
8:30pm Independent art session with optional guidance

Sunday Nov 3:
8:00am Optional morning sitting and walking meditation
8:30am Breakfast
10am Sitting and walking meditation, Closing session
12pm Lunch and departure

About This Event

Autumn is the time of harvest, when the process of growth reaches its fruition; when one cycle of the seasons nears its completion. Tuning into this cycle of seasons in the natural world around us and within ourselves, we can begin to let go and appreciate the richness and wisdom inherent in the constant process of growth and change that flows through our lives. With each turning around the seasons, we have the opportunity to come to a deeper understanding of the unfolding patterns in our lives.

A beautifully restored 15th century Hungarian monastery is the setting for this harvest weekend of contemplation, art, and community. Reflect on the changing seasons and harvest the growth and wisdom that this cycle around the seasons has brought to your life. Enjoy contemplative walks in the surrounding forests, savor the taste of local autumn dishes, and reconnect to your artist self.

“I really enjoyed this workshop. Michael has a long and rich path. He knows a lot but is very modest. He knows how to adapt himself to each person. I think the way he introduced the workshop allows everybody a way to express themselves." - Nathalie

What's Included

  • 5 Guided sitting and walking meditation sessions
  • 3 Guided contemplative art practice sessions
  • 4 Full-course meals, prepared from seasonal, local ingredients in the Monastery's in-house restaurant
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • Art materials (Basic materials provided. Please bring any specific or personal water-based materials you wish to work with)
  • Small meditation cushions and chairs for meditation practice (If you have a preferred meditation support, you are encouraged to bring it)

What's Not Included

Ground transportation to the Monastery
Massage services

Venue Highlights

The Sopron Monastery Hotel sits atop a hillside overlooking village and surrounding woods, located just over the border from Austria, about 1.5 hours from Vienna. The Monastery has a long and rich history. First consecrated as a pilgrimage site in 1482, the buildings functioned as a monastery in the Pauline and Carmelite orders for hundreds of years. Artifacts and photographs from this rich history are beautifully presented along the inner corridors. The monastery underwent an extensive renovation to open in 2012 as an non-profit ducational retreat and meditation center. The original monk and nun cells now serve as simple, yet comfortable, overnight accommodations for retreat guests. The accumulated spiritual energy of hundreds of years of monastic practice form the ground upon which we build our own practice and spiritual renewal. Enjoy quiet contemplation in the courtyards and gardens of the monastery, or wander off into the wooded hills beyond the monastery walls.


The newly renovated rooms at Sopron Monastery Hotel are elegantly furnished with wooden floors and feature modern bathrooms. All spacious rooms have a work desk and a private bathroom. Toiletries and a hairdryer are provided. Guests can relax during a walk in the large garden or during a massage. A library is also at guests’ disposal. Sopron Monastery Hotel offers free access to Wi-Fi in public areas and free private parking on site.


Private Bath:

• Bath
• Hairdryer
• Free toiletries
• Private bathroom
• Bath or Shower
• Towels
• Toilet with grab rails
• Adapted bath
• Roll in shower
• Walk in shower
• Raised toilet


• Garden view
• Mountain view
• City view

Room facilities:

• Telephone
• Iron
• Heating
• Sofa
• Hardwood or parquet floors
• Wardrobe or closet
• Linen
• Entire unit located on ground floor
• Upper floors accessible by lift
• Entire unit wheelchair accessible

SINGLE ROOM: Room size 17.9 m²
1 twin bed

STANDARD DOUBLE ROOM: Room size 17.9 m²
1 large double bed / 2 twin beds (limited availability)

SUPERIOR DOUBLE ROOM: Room size 29.9 m²
1 large double bed


  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free


Enjoying the chef’s sophisticated, healthy, and tasty international creations under the newly restored frescoes of the Refectory is an unforgettable experience, in no small part due also to the remarkably attentive service to match the culinary delights.

Guests arrive at the Monastery with the intent to rest, and rejuvenate themselves in body and spirit. The gastronomy on offer in the Restaurant is based on the Latin proverb, "Mens sana in corpore sano," or, "A sound mind in a sound body." This concept supports the rejuvenation process, as the menus are assembled to facilitate relaxation and focus on retreat.

A full buffet breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday. Lunches and dinners feature a range of dishes composed from healthy and delicious local ingredients and recipes of the season. Accommodations can be made for special dietary needs, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.


Vienna is the closest international airport (approx. 1 hour from Sopron) if you are flying in from outside the region.


Trains from Vienna and Budapest arrive at Sopron Train Station, where you may transfer to local public transport bus service. Look for the bus stop named GYESEV Pályaudvar. You have several options, as all 4 lines below run to the Monastery. The bus stops (where you need to get off) listed below are all located within 200 meters of the stairs leading up to the entrance of the Monastery.


Sopron Monastery is easily reachable by car, and free on-site parking is available.

Coordination of transportation can be arranged with fellow participants closer to the date of the retreat.

Tags: art authentic self autumn creativity harvest hungary meditation mindfulness monastery personal development

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