Forthcoming Seminars 2024

Besides attending live retreats, you can also watch Bettina ji's teachings on her YouTube Channel.

Bettina Bäumer gives "Retreat Seminars" on various texts of the non-dualist Kashmir Shaiva tradition. She mainly teaches three basic Tantras of the Trika School: the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, the Paratrisika (with Abhinavagupta's Vivarana commentary) and the Netra Tantra (with commentary by Ksemaraja), as well as texts like the Siva Sutra, the Spanda Karika, and the the Pratyabhijna Hridayam. Besides these, she also teaches mystical Bhakti hymns of Kashmir, such as the Sivastotravali by Utpaladeva, the Stavacintamani by Bhatta Narayana, the Sambapancasika and  Stotras by Abhinavagupta.

She follows a certain style in conducting these retreats, basically consisting of two sessions of text study, morning and afternoon, about four hours of meditation, recitation of the hymns and slokas of the texts concerned, besides periods of silence and meditative walks in nature (wherever the surroundings permit).

These Retreat Seminars are given in various places around India and in Europe, notably near her home in Varanasi, in Himachal Pradesh, and in Rishikesh, as well as in Srinagar (Kashmir) itself. They typically will be five days long, though shorter or longer sessions are possible.

July 25 - 29, 2024
The Goddess residing in the Heart: Meditations on the Absolute
A Retreat on selected texts of the Parātrīśikā Tantra and Abhinavagupta’s Vivarana Commentary

Dear Trika Sangha!
Bettina Sharada is coming to Austria for the summer, and I am delighted to send you an invitation to a short retreat. Many of you already know Trins and the beautiful premises of Paul Prousek (Smiley Homes, Siedlung Galtschein 75 & 70, 6152 Trins). We will be there again this year.
On behalf of Bettina Sharada, I cordially invite you to a mini retreat in Trins, Gschnitztal, Tyrol. As we will be a mixed group, the teaching will be in English.

"The three Tantras which I have studied, translated, and taught most intensely: Vijñāna Bhairava, Netra Tantra and Parātrīśikā, provide a mutually complementary access to the spirituality of nondualist Śaiva Tantra. This short retreat wants to provide both, an introduction to a difficult text, and its application to practice. In its intensity it can lead us to a higher state of Consciousness and to an integration of the mystical experience with daily life.
Ideally a study and practice of the two other Tantras is presupposed." (Bettina Sharada)


Information on registration and organizational procedures:
Arrival: Thursday, July 25, 2024
Seminar: Friday, July 26, 2024 - Sunday, July 28, 2024
Departure: Monday, July 29, 2024


Accommodation is in double rooms. The accommodation price per person is €80/per night. You can get a small impression of the rooms here:
www.smiley-homes-vegi-and-silence-appartments.com

There is only a limited number of single rooms available, bookable for a surcharge of €30, if available.
Alternatively, there is the possibility of organizing accommodation in the surrounding area:

 Ferienhaus Wolf
Telefon: (0043) 5275 5191, Galtschein 31, 6152 Trins

Katjas Ferienwohnung
Telefon: (0043) 664 1824600, Markus Silbergasser, Galtschein 29b, 6152 Trins

Ferienwohnung Bergler
Telefon: (0043) 677 6166639, Elsa Schiechtl, Siedlung Galtschein 14, 6152 Trins

Paul is happy to delight us with his culinary skills (lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks). All meals are vegetarian. Please let me know if you have any special requirements or allergies. The meal package (excluding breakfast) is €30/day.
Meditation cushions and yoga mats are provided, but you are also welcome to bring your own cushions.
Please also bring good shoes and weatherproof clothing for short walks.
We value Bettina Sharada's teaching with a generous gift from the heart (dāna).
I ask you  to kindly register as soon as possible by e-mail to me (martha.innerkofler@posteo.at).
If you want to come earlier and stay longer, please also contact Paul (paulberg1@me.com) to see if rooms are available.
Other than that, please clarify all questions and uncertainties with me, also by phone (+43 680 5580132).
Please understand that the space is limited!
Looking forward to our retreat and deepening our practice,
Martha