Retraites d'une semaine

International Summer Retreat with Acem’s Founder

Le cours commence
Samedi 16 juillet 2022, 15:00
Le cours se termine
Samedi 23 juillet 2022, 14:00

One week’s refreshing summer retreat in the Scandinavian landscapes where Acem Meditation originated. An opportunity for exciting encounters and social meetings across borders and cultures, with participants from Scandinavia, Europe, and other continents. You can choose between guidance groups in English, German, Spanish, Chinese, or Scandinavian. 

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, we look forward to the first physical international summer retreat of the regular type. This will be the summer’s main meeting point for Acem meditators from around the world. 

Seminars by Acem’s founder

The retreat includes interactive seminars with Acem’s founder Dr. Are Holen, based on questions from participants. Dr. Holen is a highly respected lecturer and meditation guide, known for his ability to speak directly to the needs of the audience. He is the main driving force behind the development of Acem’s unique psychology of meditation. His seminars will resolve challenges from the long meditations and discuss the experience from meditative, psychological, and existential angles. All seminars will be in English, with simultaneous translation into German, Spanish, and Chinese. By training, Dr. Holen is both a physician and psychologist. An internationally renowned stress researcher, he is professor emeritus at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 

Abundant time for the meditation process 

The retreat provides ample opportunity for social contact and for training in meditations up to or above the three-hour level. The result is deeper relaxation, increased contact with life themes, and processing of issues from the past. In addition, the programme includes: 

  • inspiring seminars on the psychology of meditation with Dr. Are Holen
  • guidance groups that resolve challenges from the meditation 
  • instructions in meditative yoga, which makes body and mind more receptive
  • walks in beautiful nature and swimming in the majestic Lake Randsfjord
  • social activities and togetherness in an exciting international setting 
  • excursion to the internationally renowned Kistefos museum.

This is a great opportunity to update your meditation practice, strengthen your meditation habit, and thoroughly recharge your batteries. After the retreat, the effect of daily meditations will increase. The effect of a summer retreat is said to linger on for the rest of the year. 


Halvorsbøle is situated beneath the Onsberget mountain close to the town of Jevnaker, with a gorgeous view of the lake Randsfjorden, splendid walking areas, and a small idyllic beach. All participants are accommodated in single bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The seminar room, dining hall, lounge, and group rooms are of high quality. The place has centuries of history. In the 1990s, the Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestine were negotiated here. For many years, this was the venue of the Norwegian government’s annual budget conferences. A good hour’s drive from Oslo City or Oslo Airport Gardermoen. 

Lactovegetarian diet

Halvorsbøle serves delicious lactovegetarian food – good for palate and belly, and great for meditating bodies and minds.

Can learn Acem Meditation

It is also possible to learn Acem Meditation at this retreat. Indicate this on the personal information form (see below).

Reduced fee for two weeks 

If you combine this retreat with a deepening retreat with Dr. Are Holen in the following week, the course fee will be significantly reduced – whether you stay at Halvorsbøle both weeks or combine this week at Halvorsbøle with one week of deepening at Lundsholm Retreat Centre.

Register now!

Seize the opportunity! Number of participants is limited.

Le cours commence
Samedi 16 juillet 2022, 15:00
Le cours se termine
Samedi 23 juillet 2022, 14:00


Course fees for International Summer Retreat with Acem’s Founder
Early bird fee before 15 May 2022: NOK 6910
Full-time student fee: NOK 5370
Regular fee: NOK 8520

Course fees for International Summer Retreat + International Deepening 
Early bird fee before 15 May 2022: NOK 11650
Full-time student fee: NOK 9060
Regular fee: NOK 14370

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Enroll by choosing the right fee and clicking "Add to basket".

As soon as you have done that, fill in the personal information form. This is important and helps us create an even better retreat experience for you and other participants. 

If you wish to combine this retreat with a deepening retreat in the following week, choose a discounted fee for both weeks. Indicate on the personal information form whether you wish to spend the second week at Halvorsbøle or Lundsholm. After having registered, you indicate which deepening retreat you wish to combine this retreat with when you fill in the personal information form.

Reduced fee for full-time students. Apply for a student scholarship.

It is also possible to register by sending a message to Acem and paying the course fee by international bank transfer to:

● IBAN NO: NO8060260497238
● Recipient: Acem, Pb 2559 Solli, NO-0202 Oslo, Norway
● Bank: Nordea Bank Norge ASA, Pb 1166 Sentrum, NO-0107 Oslo, Norway
● Include the following information: “Course number V22311 + name of participant(s)"
● Your registration will be valid upon receipt of your payment.

If a registration is cancelled due to covid-related issues, the course fee (not travel expenses) will be refunded in full (no administration fee deducted). If a registration is cancelled for other reasons before 1 July 2022, the course fee will be refunded minus an administration fee of NOK 600. If a reservation is cancelled after 1 July 2016, the course fee is not refundable. As a protection against unforeseen circumstances, you are strongly advised to obtain suitable travel insurance and to buy refundable tickets.


Type de cours: Retraites d'une semaine

Le cours est organisé par Acem International School of Meditation

Code du cours: V22311


Halvor Eifring

General Secretary of Acem International. Professor of Chinese, University of Oslo.