The Practice of the Heart — The Heart of the Practice

Tenzin Wangyal RinpocheA retreat on the infinite resources and wisdom of the heart, with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

19-21 May 2018, in Switzerland

With his usual skillful approach and warmheartedness, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will offer instructions and guide group meditation sessions to help us connect with the infinite resources of our heart. The practice of the heart leads us to enrich our daily lives, improve our relationships with ourselves and others, and deepen our spiritual practice in a simple and authentic way by touching the essence.

This practice invites us to free ourselves from the conditioning that causes us to suffer and feel limited. It shows us that every aspect of our life could be a door to an infinite openness and freedom, that of the unlimited space in our heart. That space in our heart contains all the qualities and resources we need, and we can share it with others around us.

This retreat is open to everyone. Teachings will be given in English, with French translation.


The cost for the whole three-day retreat is CHF 210. If you only wish to register for one or two days of the seminar, each day will cost CHF 80. (Please note that priority is given to those registering for all three days.)


Salle polyvalente, Route la Müllera 1, 1649 Pont-la-VillePont-la-Ville map

Salle Polyvalente Pont-la-Ville

By car: From the highway, take the ”Rossens” exit (number 5), and then continue in the direction of “Pont-la-Ville” for about 5km. There is a parking lot next to the hall.

By public transportation: There will be no public transportation all the way to the village of Pont-la-Ville on May 19, 20, and 21 (public holiday). You could take a bus from Bulle to La Roche (arriving at 7:52) or from Fribourg to La Roche (arriving at 8:02), and then walk (or taxi) from La Roche to the event venue (2.5km walk with a gently ascending slope).

By car sharing: We will make car sharing available from Bulle to La Roche, but make sure you register for that at the same time as you register for the seminar (latest by April 30th, 2018). If you do not register for car sharing before April 30th, you will need to make it to the venue by your own means. The exact time and place of departure for car sharing from Bulle will be communicated to you at a appropriate time and you will need to contribute to the costs of transport.


The teachings are tentatively scheduled from 9:30 to 12:30 am, and from 2:30 to 5:00 pm, but subject to change. Any advance schedule changes will be posted on this website, and any impromptu changes will be communicated during the seminar itself.

Seating and comfort

We will provide chairs and cushions, but if you want to make sure you’re comfortable, we suggest you consider bringing your own cushion, blanket, etc.

Lunch options

There are three options for lunch: local restaurants, catered meals (by advance reservation only), or self-catered picnic.


You will find different options to eat in the vicinity of the seminar venue.


La Roche (3 km):

Rossens (4 km):


In case of good weather, it is possible to eat outside next to the venue. Please note it is not permitted to eat inside the teachings hall.

NEW OPTION: Catered lunches (by advance reservation only)

For those who register directly with the caterer in advance, lunch will be organized on site by the caterer during all three days of the teachings (vegetarian Indian-Sri Lankan food).

All reservations must be made directly with the caterer, Sasi, either by email at Sasimaster@hotmail.comor by phone at +41 (0)79 904 91 24.

For organizational reasons, we kindly request that you book as soon as possible. (Meal reservations must be confirmed before 17 May 2018 at the latest.)

The price is CHF 15.- per lunch, to be paid on site to the caterer.


Saturday, May 19

  • Vegetable rice
  • Brinjal chutney
  • Chana masala
  • Dhal takka
  • Pappadam
  • Parotta

Sunday, May 20

  • Vegetrable briyani
  • Beetroot thoran
  • Aloo gobhi masala
  • Stuffed bhindi (okra)
  • Coconut sauce
  • Naan bread

Monday, May 21

  • Rice
  • Vegetable Kurma
  • Mushroom masala
  • Coconut sambal
  • Chapati
  • Vegan Bombay

Accommodation options


Other options (Bed & Breakfast, camping, apartment, etc.):

Important notice

The seminar will take place during Pentecost, which is a public holiday. Some shops might be closed and the very touristic areas might be full. Accordingly, we recommend you make your meal and accommodation arrangements as far in advance as possible.

Cancellation policy

Payments are non-refundable. In case of a major and unavoidable problem, on a case-by-case basis we may reimburse the amount of your payment less 25%, as a gesture of goodwill.


Please register using the registration form at the bottom of the page. (This is the only way to register for this retreat.)

Please read all the information related to the retreat on this page. After reading all the information carefully and following the registration process, should you have any remaining questions, you can contact us at .

For all questions/requests related to lodging and organization of your stay, i.e. questions/requests that are not directly related to the retreat itself, please contact the Gruyères tourist office directly: or telephone +41 (0)848 424 424.

Registration and payment

Please note that your registration will be confirmed only after receipt of payment.

Please note as well that priority is given to those registering for the whole three days. Those who register for one or two days only will be put on a waitlist and confirmed only after the 20th of April 2018, subject to availability of space.

To register for either the whole retreat (all three days) or only a specific day or days, please check the appropriate box below:(required)

If you also would like to register for car sharing between Bulle and the venue, please select the appropriate boxes below for your desired date(s). Please note that registrations for car sharing are only possible up to April 30th. After that, you would need to organize your transport by your own means.


Reference for payment:

NB: Please mention “Cotisations retraite” in the line for communications in your payment.


Banque Raiffeisen du Gibloux
Agence Avry devant Pont
Rte de l’Eglise 12, 1644 Avry devant Pont


Association Culture-Santé SPICA
Rue des Planchettes 17
1644 Avry-devant-Pont

Account numbers:

IBAN : CH10 8015 5000 0044 4073 9
Clearing 80155
CCP 17-3743-5
Swift code RAIFCH22155