International Summer Retreat in Norway

Two-week International Regular and Deepening Retreat

Course starts
Saturday 06 July 2024, 6:00 pm
Course ends
Saturday 20 July 2024, 2:00 pm

A thoroughly refreshing and stimulating combination of the one-week International Summer Retreat and the one-week International Deepening Retreat, the latter including seminars with Acem’s founder Dr. Are Holen. 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, Chinese, or Scandinavian. 

You can check in from 15:00 and meditate in your own room.

Combine this summer's two main meeting points for Acem meditators from around the world.

Seminars by Acem’s founder

Both weeks include interactive seminars based on questions from participants. In the first week, the seminars will be with Torbjørn Hobbel and Christopher Grøndahl, in the second week with Acem’s founder Dr. Are Holen. 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. 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 (first week) and the six-hour level (second week). The regular retreat provides deeper relaxation, increased contact with life themes, and processing of issues from the past. The deepening retreat offers the possibility to experience the full effect of Acem Meditation, leading to essential changes in your meditative process and in everyday life. 

In addition, the programme includes: 

  • inspiring seminars on the psychology of meditation
  • guidance groups and process groups that resolve challenges from the meditation 
  • basic 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 (first week - extra fee)
  • one-on-one walk-and-talk discussions of the meditation process in the beautiful surrounding areas (second week)

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.

Register now!

Seize the opportunity! Number of participants is limited.

Course starts
Saturday 06 July 2024, 6:00 pm
Course ends
Saturday 20 July 2024, 2:00 pm

Online registration

Course fee, including full board and ensuite accommodation in a single room:

Regular fee - NOK 18.010,-.

Full-time student aged 35 years or less - NOK 14.410,-.

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Student fee is only available to full-time students aged 35 years or less. Full-time students under 30 years of age can apply for student scholarship.

Cancellation deadline: June 25.

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Course type: International Summer Retreat in Norway

The course is arranged by Acem International School of Meditation

Course number: V24313


Christopher Grøndahl

Novelist and Screenwriter. Inititator in Acem Meditation.

Torbjørn Hobbel

Acem Meditation Preceptor and Acem India Chairman

Halvor Eifring

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

Øyvind Ellingsen

Acem Meditation Initiator. MD, PhD, Professor of Cellular Cardiology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.