What does it mean to be free | Sept 24 – 29

Annual Time Space Knowledge Retreat Europe by Jack Petranker

The retreat What does it mean to be free is based on the book Love of Knowledge by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku.

The retreat is held in the beautiful Neu Plaue Retreat Center in Germany. It is in person only.

This retreat is a co-production of Nyingma Centrum Nederland, Neu Plaue Retreat Center and Center for Creative Inquiry, Berkeley, California.

Content retreat What does it mean to be free

We live our lives within limits we have learned to take for granted.

Because we put our own wants and needs at the center of experience, we live in a world where time rushes on from moment to moment, separating us from what we desire.

Because we are always reaching out for what we hope to possess, we occupy a small and close-off space. We rob ourselves of the joy of being fully present.

In this retreat, we will question the limits we impose on ourselves and the positions we impose on experience. We will learn how to connect with all that happens, and to appreciate more fully the beauty of the world we inhabit.


Jack Petranker

Jack Petranker is Director of Mangalam Research Center, and former Dean of the Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley. A direct student of Tarthang Tulku since 1980, Jack holds degrees from Stanford, Yale, and University of California, Berkeley. He is author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet? and the editor of many books in the TSK series.

Practical information

Time: Tuesday, September 24 – Sunday, September 29, 2024

Place: Neu Plaue Retreat Center, Germany

Language: The retreat will be conducted in English.


  • € 495,- including on-site lodging in shared rooms with shared bathrooms (12 places available);
  • € 595,- including lodging in single rooms in guesthouses nearby, and shared transportation to and from the retreat facility.

Prices include all meals.

The book Love of Knowledge is available in English, in Dutch and in German .
It is a great book and we recommend you buy it.

Location retreat What does it mean to be free

The retreat will take place in Neu Plaue, near the city of Brandenburg, west of Berlin.

It is about 20 minutes by car from the local train station, and there is a shuttle to take people back and forth.

The center is on 20.000 sq. meters (5 acres) of land.

In addition to the shared rooms, there is lots of space for camping, though end of September may already be chilly.

Additional accommodations are available nearby, and the price will change accordingly.

The center has a garden, meadows, fields, ponds, and a lake for swimming.

The facility is brand new and spacious, with a large meditation room and large patio.

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Retreat schedule (CEST) Retreat What does it mean to be free

Tuesday, September 24

16:00 – 18:00 hrsCheck-in and Register
18:00 – 19:00 hrsWelcome dinner
19:30 – 21:00 hrsOpening Session

Wednesday, September 25, until Saturday, September 28

07:00 – 07:45 hrsKum Nye Tibetan Yoga (optional)
08:00 – 09:00 hrsBreakfast and clean-up
10:00 -11:30 hrsMorning session one
11.30 -12.00 hrsTea break
12.00 – 13.00 hrsMorning session two
13.00 – 14.00 hrsLunch and clean-up
14.00 – 16.30 hrs Private practice or free time
16.30 – 17.45 hrsAfternoon session
18.00 – 19.00 hrsDinner and clean-up
19.30 – 21.00 hrsEvening session

Sunday, September 29

07:00 – 07:45 hrsKum Nye Tibetan Yoga (optional)
08.00 – 09.00 hrsBreakfast and clean-up
10.00 – 11.45 hrsClosing session
12.00 – 13.00 hrsClosing lunch