The Breath as Guide

Weekend retreat - with Wibo Koole

Start date > 24 January 2025 - 19:00h
End date > 26 January 2025 - 16:30h
Place > De Ruimte, Centrum voor Bewustzijnsontwikkeling, Weesperzijde 79A, 1091EJ Amsterdam


This weekend we put the breath at the centre of our interest. How to use the breath as a guide. Why did the Buddha himself place so much value on breath meditation?

The Buddha uttered a separate text on breathing called the Ānāpānasati-sutta. In this weekend, with simple instructions, we look at how to use the breath movement in your meditation practice. We practice four ways of breathing meditation: calming down, being less reactive, focusing attention, and understanding reality.

And in addition, in short reflections, we place breath meditation in the historical context of early Buddhism using the work of Bhikkhu Anālayo and its significance for our lives today. The breath as a guide to a healthy and socially engaged life.

This weekend retreat is suitable for both beginners and experts on the meditative path. Language is Dutch, but instruction and short reflections are easy to understand.



The weekend will be held on 24-26 January 2025:

  • Friday: 19:00 to 21:30
  • Saturday: 09:30:00 to 17:30 (no evening session)
  • Sunday: 09:30 to 16:30.


De Ruimte  – Centrum voor Bewustzijnsontwikkeling
Weesperzijde 79A
1091 EJ Amsterdam

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During the weekend, we will provide tea, coffee and juice or water. You will provide your own lunch.

As a contribution to the cost of space rental and administration, we ask you to pay a contribution of 75 euros, to be transferred at the time of your registration.

The facilitator works on the basis of dana. A danabox will be present during the weekend.


Wibo Koole

Wibo Koole has been practising and studying Insight Meditation, secular Buddhism and Zen since the beginning of this century. His teachers in this are Frits Koster, Stephen Batchelor and Nico Tydeman. In 2022, he completed the Bodhi College Teacher Training Programme. He participated in numerous week-long or longer silence retreats. In daily life, he is executive coach, managing director of Awaris Netherlands, a training organisation for mindful change in organisations. He lives in Amsterdam with his wife, children and grandchildren.