Big Summer-Retreat and day of mindfulness
with the monks and nuns from the EIAB and Plum Village
Summer Retreat 2018

FAQ German Retreat


Q: I cannot arrive for the retreat on arrival day (06th August), may I arrive a day or two later?
A: As the orientation on 06th August at 19:30 is required for ALL retreat participants (including people already familiar with the practice), we ask that you arrive ONLY on 06th August and not later. We are sorry we cannot accept registrations for those who cannot arrive at the beginning of the retreat on 06th August.

Q: I cannot attend the whole retreat, may I join the retreat only for the weekend?
A: We are sorry we cannot register people who only wish to come for the weekend. Please check our website (Events & Courses) for other weekend retreat/course opportunities at the EIAB.

Q: May I stay longer after the German Retreat ends (i.e. leave after 11th August)
A: If you wish to stay longer after the German Retreat, only “Option 1” (departure  after the 11th of August) is available. Please choose “Option 1” when you register online.

Q: If due to unexpected circumstances I cannot stay until the end of the retreat, may I have a refund for the days I’m not there?
A: As per our cancellation policy, no refunds are available on or after 06th August including for situations that arise during the retreat.

Q: I can attend the whole retreat, but may my children come only for a few days (or the weekend) for the retreat?
A: As rooms at the EIAB are limited, priority for all EIAB rooms is given ONLY to adults and children who can attend the whole retreat. We cannot register your child in a room if he/she cannot come for the whole retreat.

If you are camping or commuting and if your child can arrive on 06th August but needs to leave early, please write to before registering.

Q: May I arrive earlier (before 06th August) for the retreat?
A: To SUPPORT our registration process, we encourage everyone to arrive on arrival day (06th August). However, we understand that there are certain cases where people may have to arrive a day earlier.

If you would like to arrive early for the retreat, please first write to: . Please note that the earliest you may arrive is 06th August (there will be no scheduled activities, except meals, before the retreat). The price for each extra night’s stay will be calculated BASED on the EIAB general retreat prices.

EIAB General Retreat Daily Prices


Room Options

Adult (18+)

Teen (13-17)

Child (6-12)

Kid (0-5)

EIAB 2 Person Room (Public Toilet)

75,00 €

40,00 €

25,00 €

0,00 €

EIAB 3-4 Person Room (Public Toilet)

65,00 €

37,00 €

21,00 €

0,00 €

EIAB Camping (bring your own tent)

55,00 €

25,00 €

18,00 €

0,00 €


55,00 €

25,00 €

18,00 €

0,00 €

EIAB 2 Person Room (Private Toilet for couples and adults coming in pair only)

90,00 €





Q: Are there any single rooms at the EIAB for the German Retreat?
A: We apologize that SINGLE ROOMS are not available at the EIAB for the German Retreat.

Q: May I choose who is in the room with me?
A: When you register online, you can let us know who you would like to room with by filling in the field: “Room Sharing”. This applies for couples, families and friends who would like to room with each other.

Q: I am staying at a room at the EIAB. Are sheets provided?
A: If you are staying in a room at the EIAB, please bring your own sheets, blanket cover, pillowcase and towel; a blanket and pillow will be provided. If you are unable to bring your own bedding, we have limited sets of bedding for rent at €10 when you register.

Exception: bedding is provided for those staying in the EIAB "2 Person Room with Private Toilet"

Q: I am staying in a room at the EIAB. Do you have sheets for people with ALLERGIES?
A: If you are staying in a room at the EIAB, please bring your own sheets, blanket cover, pillowcase and towel; a blanket and pillow will be provided. If you are unable to bring your own bedding, we have limited sets of bedding for rent at €10 when you register.

Exception: bedding is provided for those staying in the EIAB "2 Person Room with Private Toilet". We are sorry we do not have sheets for people with ALLERGIES for rent. Please bring your own sheets in this case to ensure sleeping comfort.

Q: I have a very small camping car, may I drive it to the EIAB and sleep in it during the retreat?
A: Due to limited parking space at the EIAB, no camping cars of any size are allowed at the retreat.


Q: I’m arriving at Schladern (Sieg) train station after 18:00 on arrival day of the German Retreat Can I still be picked up by the EIAB shuttle van?
A: As dinner on arrival day is at 17:30, and orientation is at 19:30, we ask that all retreat participants arrive and register between 13:00 and 17:00. The EIAB shuttle van runs between 11:00 and 18:00 on arrival day.

If you arrive after 18:00, please take a bus or call for a taxi. Please note that if you arrive after 18:00 and would like to take a bus to the EIAB, it is advisable to take the train to Hennef (Sieg) instead of Schladern (Sieg) as bus 530 from Hennef runs more regularly to the EIAB.

For local TAXI SERVICE from Schladern to Waldbröl:
Taxi Lang Tel: +49 (0) 2291 / 2222 or 4444 or 5555

Children's Program

Q: My child is 5 years old and nearly 6, may he or she take part in the children’s program?
A: The children’s program is for children from 6-12 years old. If your child is nearly 6, you may ask the Children’s Program staff when you arrive if he or she may join the program. All children 0-5 years old are completely in the care of their parents.

Q: I am coming with children under 6, may I still take part in the adults’ activities?
A: Children 0-5 years old are completely in the care of their parents. However, in past retreats many parents with children under 6 were able to coordinate childcare among themselves in order to participate in the adults’ activities.

Disability / Mobility Issues

Q: I have difficulty walking, what are the facilities at the EIAB like for people with mobility issues?
A: We have very few bedrooms on the ground floor at the EIAB, and there is a step from the entrance of the building to the ground floor rooms. During the retreat, you would need to get from one place to another for the different activities, and some of the EIAB grounds have slopes. We may also walk on steep paths during walking meditation.

If you have concerns regarding this matter, please write to us at: before registering.

If you have handicap parking permission, please write to: in advance and we are happy to provide you with a special parking sticker to park at the EIAB.

Q: I have difficulty walking and climbing stairs. May I join a Dharma Sharing group that meets on the ground floor?
A: We have limited space on the ground floor at the EIAB, If you need to join a Dharma Sharing group on the ground floor, please fill in the field: “Mobility and Health Issues?”  on the registration form. We will try our best to accommodate your request.


Q: Do I need to register my children?
A: Yes, all children 0-12 years old need to be registered. Please submit a separate registration form for all children 0-12 years old.

If you are coming as a family (2 parents, 2 children ages 8 and 3) then you should fill in 4 separate online registrations

2 for the adults
2 for the 8-year-old and 3-year-old child.

On all 4 registration forms, you can indicate that all 4 of you would like to room together.
Children from 0 - 5 years old may attend the retreat without charge, but they will share the same bed as their parent.


Q: To which bank account should I make my payment after I have registered online?
A: Please make payment ONLY to the below*, which is specific for this retreat. Payment to our other EIAB account will result in a delay in the processing of your registration.

*European Institute of Applied Buddhism
Kreisparkasse Koeln
Bankleitzahl: 37050299 (national bank transfer only)
Account Number: 341553957 (national bank transfer only)
IBAN: DE94 3705 0299 0341 5539 57
SWIFT-BIC: COKSDE33 (international bank transfer only)

Q: May I pay by credit card or can I pay by cash when I arrive?
A: We apologize that we cannot process payment by credit card or cash. We are only able to accept payment by bank transfer. As we can only confirm your registration after we have received your payment, we cannot accept payment in cash when you arrive for the retreat either. Thank you for your understanding.

Q: I am not living in Germany and do not have a German bank account. How should I pay?
A: Please pay by international bank transfer. If you are making a bank transfer from outside the European Union (e.g. Switzerland, USA, UK etc.), please note that you should add ALL bank charges for the transfer to the “Total Amount” before making THE BANK transfer. Otherwise we shall not receive the full amount and your payment will NOT be complete.

Q: We are a couple/a family/friends making more than 1 ONLINE REGISTRATION but are coming to the retreat together. May we pay together and make only 1 bank transfer?
A: As much as possible, we ask that you make one payment for each ONLINE REGISTRATION.

If you are coming as a couple, a family, or as friends, and choose to make one bank transfer together, please be sure to list on the payment reference ALL the individuals' “Registration References” when making your transfer.

What to bring?

Q: Do I need to bring my own meditation cushion to the retreat?
A: Yes, please bring your own meditation cushion – if you already have one - and a mat to the retreat as we will not have enough for everyone.

Q: May I bring my pet to the EIAB?
A: Please do not bring your pets to the EIAB.