Regular Retreat in Acem Meditation

International Summer Retreat with Acem’s Founder

Course starts
Saturday 15. July 2023, kl 18:00
Course ends
Saturday 22. July 2023, kl 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, Chinese, or Scandinavian. 

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

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

If you want to learn Acem Meditation at this retreat, enroll here.

Combine this retreat with a deepening retreat 

If you combine this retreat with the deepening retreat with Dr. Are Holen in the following week, the course fee will be significantly reduced. Enroll here.

Register now!

Seize the opportunity! Number of participants is limited.

Course starts
Saturday 15. July 2023, kl 18:00
Course ends
Saturday 22. July 2023, kl 14:00


Halvor Eifring

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