Address: c/de les Beates 8, 3º 2ª Barcelona - Phone: +34 686 282 638 / +34 690 280 331
Kwan Um School of Zen
Do a Solo Retreat
Borisa offers a completely independent apartment of bio-construction, where you can enjoy the peace and beauty of these mountains and do a solo retreat, or have the possibility of joining the simple life and daily zen practice that takes place in the Zen Center. Also to spend a few days of relax (in that case, the apartment can accommodate a couple +1).
The apartment has a kitchen, wood-burning stove and private use of the bathroom (except during retreats).
Retreatants bring their own food supplies (we can help with shopping). They can spend their entire retreat in the apartment, or may choose to join our morning and evening practice in the Dharma room.
Please, understand that during retreat times, because the apartment is near the Zen Center, you might hear more background sound from the retreat and normal use of the building by more people. In any case, an environment of silence, stillness and collective effort it’s keeped during retrats. (You can check the Retreat program here.)
Borisa (Puli) is very isolated on the mountain. It is important to bring everything in the list and what you might need, there’s no shops were to find what you don’t have. We suggest:
-food for the duration of the retreat
-all you need for your practice (incense, candles …)
-lantern (+ batteries)
-towel, toiletries (gel, shampoo, etc. All Zen Center discharges go directly to nature, so we encourage you to use environmentally friendly products) -slippers and mountain shoes
-clothing comfortable for meditation
-clothing suitable for the season of the year (in the mountains the weather can vary a lot from day to day, and be cold)
-we function with solar panels, so the use of hair dryers, irons, etc. is not allowed. Please use electricity and water consciously
Bori Sa (Alta Garrotxa, Girona) is 160 km from Barcelona (2.5 hours by car) and 23 km from the nearest town, Argelaguer (45 minutes by car).
If you do not have your own means of transport, consult the transport options with the Zen Center BEFORE buying any plane ticket, etc.
Please, when it comes to organizing your trip keep in mind that it takes several hours to arrive to Borisa and bus schedules are limited.
We can not guarantee the last stretch of transport (Argelaguer-Borisa) if you arrive TOO LATE on the first day or leave TOO EARLY on the last day.
The retreat ends on the last day around 4pm with informal lunch, if you do not have your own means of transport, keep this in mind when planning your return to Barcelona… (For example, it is necessary to book a flight most late possible in the night or even for the next day. If you need it, you can stay one night at the Barcelona Zen Center free of charge).
Car: You can only reach Bori Sa by car. Please, if you have a car and you can take someone or you do not have transportation to Bori Sa, send us an email with your schedule availability. We will try to help you organize your trip! (Travel expenses are shared between travelers).
The bus stop is at c/Pau Claris 117, Barcelona
Bus ticket price: 15€
Pick up at the bus stop: There is no public transport from the bus stop to the Zen Center, if there were no cars available a pick-up can be organized (fee: 20€, to be shared among the occupants of the vehicle). The pick up is only made the day the retreat begins or ends. Please coordinate the pick up BEFORE you buy any plane ticket, etc.
IMPORTANT: THE LAST DAY OF THE RETREAT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO BE IN BARCELONA BEFORE 19H-20H, PLEASE, TAKE IT INTO ACCOUNT AT THE TIME OF RESERVING FLIGHTS, ETC. (Possibility of spending a night in the Barcelona Zen Center free of charge).
(from Barcelona) A-7 motorway towards France, we go out in Girona Nord and continue always towards Olot, once past the deviations in Besalu, the road becomes a dual carriageway. We leave the motorway at exit marked Argelaguer / Tortella.
We pass through the village Argelaguer and turn to Tortella direction. After the traffic light at the entrance of Tortella, take (at the right hand) the road towards Sales de Llierca.
A km later, there is a curve where you will see the mailboxes of Sales village. You must continue on the same road you come from, that turns left. Always follow this road! If in doubt, always take the left fork, only when is asphalt (if the left fork is NOT paved, follow the road where is asphalt).
About 2 km from the mailboxes, the road stops to be paved and divides in two. We will follow the forest track on the left, which begins to rise. You know that you are going well if there is a sign saying not exceed 20 km/h (!).
From here you can follow the signs to “ORRI” the house before Puli (Bori Sa).
The track climbs gradually, is in good condition and has two asphalt sections. When the second stretch of asphalt ends, you will see on your right a house under construction (Monteia), you pass by the road in front of the house. You have already traveled about 7 km of track and there are still a few more. Go forward without leaving the track. About 3 km. of Monteia, and already in “Orri” property (you will pass a green signal that indicates it), the track bifurcates again.
We’ll go to the left, up, toward Sadernes-Bassegoda, along the stretch of concrete. Later the road plans and then comes back up, in a second section of concrete.
A 1 km of the second strecht of concrete, we’ll reach a crossroads, easily identifiable because there are several signs and red hydrant (for fire). We go straight and down.
The descent ends at another crossroads, in which we will continue to the left, starting the climb to the house of Puli.
The last house is Bori Sa.
School member: 25€, Doble 40€
School member: 150€, Doble 200€
School member 450€, Doble 600€
For more information, please contact the Zen Center at: email@example.com