Seminar 2:

Creativity, Love & Climate

Spiritualities and realities in a wild time

Gomde, Denmark, 22-28 July, 2019

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When spirit has to get real:
Creativity, Love and Climate

Spirituality is returning  to our Western culture, in many ways. Practices such as meditation, mindfulness and yoga have become part of daily life for many – an oasis where the necessary space is created to free oneself from stress and minor conflicts, and to touch into a deeper layer in oneself. With time, daily meditation can almost be addictive because it softens and lightens one´s experience of many things.

But how much difference does it actually make? A harmonious atmosphere is nice – but is that all? Are there greater and wilder ways in which spirituality and contemplation can influence our time and our lives?

This course follows spirit at work in getting real in 3-4 areas of great need in our time. We need  more community, friendship and love in the entire spectrum from our personal relationships to the ways we participate in the planet´s ecosystems. We need a creativity that is innovative and yet dares to open eyes for the depths of being in all that already is. Perhaps we even need to become able to the dimension of "the holy" again - that which has value not by virtue of useful purposes but of its own. During the course we will investigate some of the forms that already are created – and some that perhaps are coming about. The teachers and the themes are synthesized so we can explore in depth inwardly and outwardly at the same time: inwards in spirit and outwards in life.

Themes in seminar 2:

  • Love, friendship and community in a hyper-individualist time
  • Visions and passions in art and science
  • The meeting of East and West - in depth
  • Spirit and sustainability
  • Holy landscapes, words and actions - can any of it make new sense?

"The Open Nordic Contemplative College" (Danmarks kontemplative højskole) is a forum for deepening and exploration. Its form of teaching and sharing is deeply inspired by the Nordic Folk High School movement (read more here) and the Mind and Life Institute. The summer seminars take place at the Buddhist retreat center Gomde in Helgenæs, Denmark - a beautiful landscape with beaches, forests, apple orchards and rolling hills.


Contributors at seminar 2

Teachers and facilitators throughout the seminar

Khenpo Topka Tulku, Jacob Aremark, Niels Viggo Hansen

Main teacher of meditation
(day 1 and 2)

Erik Pema Kunsang

Other teachers, contributors, musicians, lecturers and dialogue partners:

Thomas Doctor, Madhurima Rigtrup, Peter Elsass, Halfdan Muurholm, Phie Ambo, Anders Morgenthaler.

Read more about the contributors here.

Daily program

These days will be laboratories of spirit - in the open and inviting "højskole" sense. Space for serious and playful contemplation - with body, heart and mind. Space for enjoying summer in Helgenæs as well.

Morning yoga

Morning meditation

Morning session

  • 1-3 inspirations / lectures 
  • Replies and co-reflections from other contributors
  • Guided contemplative group dialogues
  • Final plenary dialogue and meditation 

Afternoon workshops
(optional, varying, weather dependent, sometimes parallel)

  • Explorative dialogues
  • Experiential sessions
  • Planting a tree
  • Moving Meditation / Akido

Evening session

  • meditation instructions and explorations on the first 2-3 evenings. After that film, bonfires, moving meditation, concert, celebration

Around every meal there will be a good break for resting, walking, swimming, eating icecream, playing jamsessions, or whatever comes up. There will also be coffee breaks in the middle of every morning and afternoon session


For whom?

Everyone interested can participate. Højskole seminars are for people of all ages, and for those who have had Buddhism or meditation as part of their personal lives for decades, as well as those who would like to deepen their understanding of this growing impulse in our shared reality.

This seminar week will connect well with seminar 1, but they can also be taken separately.


Seminar fees

Accommodation Danish kroner Euros
Camping (students*) 2100 300
Camping 2900 400
Dormitory 3600 500
Bed in a shared double room 4800 650
Single room 5700 750

The above prices are per one-week seminar. All board and lodging is included.
*The prerequisite for the student discount is a valid student id from e.g. a university.



Send an email to saying that you would like to participate. Please specify if you wish to register for seminar 1, seminar 2, or both, as well as your choice of accommodation (see above). We will then send you an email with confirmation, bank account for transfer of fee, and other practical information.

(Your reservation will be temporary for 2 weeks and be secured permanently when the fee is transferred. Gomde Højskole's conditions for registrations, payments and cancellations are stated in the confirmation email. You can also read them here.