With Feeling Towards Liberation

Weekend retreat on emotions and ethics - with Wibo Koole

Date > 19 September 2025 - 19:00h - 16:30h
Place > De Ruimte - Centrum voor Bewustzijnsontwikkeling, Weesperzijde 79A, 1091EJ Amsterdam

Theme

Feelings and emotions abound in our daily lives. And we meditate to learn to deal better with our emotions. But is that really the case? What are emotions anyway? Are they just feelings or are they ethical guideposts?

In the Buddha’s basic speech, the Satipațțhāna sutta, the third foundation, cittānupassanā, focuses not so much on detachment from emotions and thinking, but its ethical content. For in every mental state there is always a will embedded.

In this weekend we explore emotions and ethics. With regular sitting and walking meditation in silence. And in short reflections on the theme with insights from Buddhist traditions (Bikkhu Analayo, Bernat Font) and modern psychological emotion theory (Lisa Feldman Barrett). In order to better understand how we can utilize emotions and ethics in our own lives.

This weekend retreat is suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners.

Practical

Times

The weekend will be held on 19-21 September 2025:

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

Location

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

Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/rtVgso5nZfV4YAko8

Food/drink/cost/dana

During the weekend, we will provide tea, coffee and juice or water. You will bring 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.

Facilitator

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.