Silent Vipassana retreat

5 Days in Moa Oasis 2024

A five-day retreat of learning and practicing Vipassana meditation that has become an annual tradition over the years.

In the challenging period that we are going through in the last few months, our need to find balance and clear inner spaces within our lives becomes even clearer. The practice of meditation allows us an anchor from which we can find resources of inner freedom and resilience that help us and those around us.

At the retreat we will practice together as a community in the beautiful natural spaces of Moa oasis.

The retreat will take place in complete silence and include the study and practice of meditation lying down, sitting, walking and standing. Lectures on Buddhist spirituality, small group meetings with the instructors will be offered.

The retreat teachers

The teachers

Having lived and studied the Buddhist way of life since 1997, Dr. Arbel has practiced and studied under a variety of Busshist teachers around the world and participated in retreats and long term meditational isolations. She’s an instructor of Buddhist teachings, vipassana meditation and mindfulness in the ‘Wisdom’ organization, ‘Nalanda – Buddhist Studies School’ and other institutes. A Buddhist Studies PhD, her book – ‘The Words of Buddha’ – was published by the Tel Aviv University. Personal meditative practice, along with her continuing development of the ever relevant Buddhist wisdom, guide her in life and in her teachings. TO THE TEACHER’S SITE

Lieblich has been studying and practicing Buddhism and mindfulness for over 30 years, and specializes in developing and instructing practical and theoretical mindfulness training programs, while integrating modern, research-based mindfulness approaches and traditional Buddhist practices. A founding partner and program coordinator for mindfulness based psychotherapy under the supervision of Bar Ilan University’s School of Social Work, Maty is also a founding partner in the Center for Compassionate Mindful Education (registered organization) and both the author and editor of the best-selling “Mindfulness – Here & Now” and “Paths of Mindfulness”. TO THE TEACHER’S SITE

TEACHERS’ “DANA” – the Buddhist heart economy. According to Buddhist traditions, teachers do not receive a salary or a fixed income, but allow each student to pay their tuition at the end of the retreat in a way that takes into consideration customary prices for such workshops in western society, as well as your financial abilities and generosity. ‘Dana’ is a term originating in the East, meaning ‘giving’. Giving is an integral part of spiritual practices: when we give ‘dana’, we practice charity and generosity in our lives, articulating the deep bond and solidarity among all living things. From the times of the Buddha and until today, teachers have been offering their teachings to us unconditionally, regardless of gender, class or the financial state of the student. Supporting our teachers expresses the solidarity and nourishing bond between giving and receiving, between teacher and pupil.

Moa Oasis was established with the aim of creating a place for a culture of peace. Peace between man and the environment, nations, cultures and inner peace. Moa is located in the desert, on the Israel Trail and the Path of the Perfumes. Moa covers 60 dunams that include an orchard, a large lake and amazing nature surrounded by desert silence. The complex has 30 rooms/tents, a large and pleasant hall for practice. The trip from Tel Aviv to Moa is about two and a half to three hours and goes along a lovely road in the descents in the Arava.

At the retreat, delicious vegan vegetarian food will be served prepared by chef Amir Glaser with staff and volunteers who practice with us in the workshop, the food is prepared in silence almost as part of the practice.

‘MOA OASIS’ room selection

All room prices include a 4-night stay, meals & production.

Room for two

The room is made of the local bricks and includes air conditioning, private bathroom facilities and twin beds/a double bed.

Private Room:

The room is made of the local bricks and includes air conditioning, private bathroom facilities and twin beds/a double bed
PRICE: 3,750 NIS


The spacious, 50 square meter tent includes curtain separators, air conditioning, private bathroom facilities and 3 single beds.

4 person pagoda tent

The spacious tent includes air conditioning, private bathroom facilities and 4 single beds.

Shared accomodations in a shering Tent/Private Tent:

The square, 100 meter tent includes shared bathroom facilities, single mattresses, linens and blankets. Bringing your own tent is optional.

Volunteering and scholarships at the retreat

Volunteering at the retreat: at each retreat we allocate 8 places to give the opportunity to practitioners with only Vipassana experience to volunteer in the kitchen and participate in the practice. The cooking is done almost in total silence. Participation is free of charge (not including Dana for teachers) fill out a registration form and write in the comments that you are interested in volunteering. We will get back to you about a month before the workshop with confirmation of your volunteering.

Scholarships at the retreat – in light of the situation and to support practitioners who are engaged in volunteering, supporting aid teams or supporting evacuees from the 7 octuber -This year we will offer a number of scholarships for participation in the retreat with only a basic costs. In order to request a participation scholarship – please email us a short paragraph describing your work in the field (please include a list of the organizations where you volunteer, what your role is and what you have done so far) – we will be in touch with you.

Registration, payment and cancellation terms:

To register for the workshop, click on the registration form and fill it out.If you have comments or questions, you are welcome to write at the end of the form and we will get back to you with answers by email. After registering for the workshop, you will be sent an email with a link with the option of up to 3 interest-free payments. Your place will be reserved for 4 days. (For those who need assistance with the distribution of more payments, please write to us and we will help)

During this complex period, in the event of cancellation of the retreat by the production, the payment will be returned to the participant immediately, less registration and cancellation fees of 100 NIS per participant or the possibility of participation on a new date in case of postponement.

In light of the period, we have made the cancellation policy more flexible: cancellation of participation up to two weeks before the retreat at a cost of 200 NIS, two weeks to a week before the retreat 900 NIS,

Cancellation of participation between a week and two days before the retreat half of the amount. Two days before and until the start of the retreat the full amount.

In case of a personal or family emergency until the start of the retreat, a full refund less the registration fee of NIS 200,

Possibility of finding a participant in your place at any time.

Register for the workshop at the bottom of the page

Retreat registration Form

Silent vipassana retreat “MOA OASIS”

March 5th-9th, 2024

Please fill out the forms and an email with a link to a payment page will be sent to you shortly (according to your room selection). Please note that this form does not guarantee your reservation. Reservations will be finalized upon completion of the payment. Thank you.