Ziji dathun final  1


The Netherlands (Bart), Germany (Sarah), Sweden (Ursula)


Bart Bergman

My name is Bart and I'm 24. I've been practicing meditation for about 4-5 years now, of which 3 years within Shambhala. Since last January I'm helping to coordinate the Ziji nights at my local sangha in Arnhem. In my daily life I'm looking for a job as a psychologist. My wish is that this experience helps me in my practice as a psychologist, to further develop kindness and compassion to myself and others. Taking part in a dathün feels both scary and exciting at the same time. May this leap be of benefit to all beings.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

Sarah Kiegeland

When I was 12, my mum put me and my siblings into a car and drove us to Dechen Chöling, France, where we attended our first Shambhala Sun Camp, which got me hooked on its special atmosphere and lovely people from the first day. Ever since then, Shambhala has been an important part of my life and I’ve been attending retreats and level trainings many times over the past few years. At 19, I’m at a very challenging point in my life where I have to decide how to move forward and many things are falling apart and also coming together. I therefore feel a strong longing to be able to connect deeply with myself and settle into who I am and who I might be(come), and I feel that for me this dathün is the best way to do that.

Ursula Ralston

I joined Shambhala in 2007 and in 2013 I took the refuge vow at my first full dathün. I’ve been on the board for the Stockholm sangha for about two years and I’m currently in charge of our translation committee. This year I also took the one year Kasung oath. As for now, I feel a strong longing, in every cell off my boddy, to attend this Ziji Dathün, to be able to be of even greater benefit to our Shambhala community and to the world around me.


Bart Bergman

I'm 24 years old and currently looking for a job as a psychologist in the field of therapy.
If that doesn't work out I might head over to Dechen Choling and spend some time in the garden over there. In my free time I like to be in the kitchen, spend some time in my garden or do some sports. Other than that I'm more of a dog person than a cat person :).

Sarah Kiegeland

I’m a 19 years old poet and musician in her gap year after finishing high school. At the moment I’m working in a bookshop to save money to go volunteer abroad for a few months next year before going off to university to study social and political science.

Ursula Ralston

I’m 30 years old and live in Stockholm. At university I have studdied languages, such as french, portuguese and dutch, as wel as translation. I’ve also been involved in an organization that works with sustainability towards children. Since may, I’m working at a sports-and outdoor activity centre called Hellasgarden in the beautiful Nacka nature reserve, where people come and winter bath amongst other things. I’m also starting to approach the litterary translation world, something I wish to work with part time.

Main teachers

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


Making a Youth Dathün happen is a collective project that has been in the works for 5 years, and the program is finally being held this November at the beautiful Bleddfa Centre in Wales.
Literally meaning “moon session“, a Dathün is a month-long program dedicated to the sitting practice of meditation.
It’s a deep exploring of the meditation practice and the inner self and will be a wonderful and intense experience.

The Dathün is an incredibly powerful program, and this Ziji dathün in particular will be beneficial to the young European sangha and will undoubtedly have waves of good energy emanating out from it.

Unfortunately, the three of us are in a difficult financial situation that makes it difficult for us to attend this program.

For those of us who have already been to this month-long retreat already know how profound an experience it is. The fruitions of a dathün are both very conceivable and at the same time very inconceivable! In this troubled time, we feel it is extremely valuable to us to be able to retreat into this one month long “bathing” together so that after four weeks in the autumn rain in Wales, we can come back strengthened to this crazy but wonderful world and connect with its inherent non-troubled and non-chaotic core.

Therefore, we are humbly asking for your support to help us fund our practice path.

We do not ask this lightly and are already extremely grateful for the wonderful support network the Buddhist Community creates,

Thank you.


To all our kind donators, each of us want to show our gratitude:

Sarah and Ursula will at the ending of the dathun, each send out an e-mail to all the donators, including: a foto, a poem and a text, all reflecting our personal proces during this dathun, with gained insights etc.
Bart will offer all donators who happen to come to Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to Cook dinner for you :)

Cost breakdown

USD 1072 program fee x3
USD 225 (7% of total raised) goes towards The Offering Bowl and PayPal fees

Funding until

30 October 2017 (Ended)

Amount Requested





Recent donations

  • Succes

    - Flep


  • - Anonymous


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  • Good luck guys. See you there!

    - Kuba


  • Kiss!

    - Sarah Coleman

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    - Annika Janson


  • Enjoy Dathun!

    - Sally and Larry


  • Love!

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  • Wish I could BE THERE!!!!

    - Alex Paterson

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    - Jakob


  • Good luck!

    - Ilse


  • Hai Bart, Sarah en Ursula veel verdere vulling gewenst en een mooie dathun!! En koken hoeft niet hoor. Misschien zie ik jullie nog eens hier in Leiden of op het pad, groetjes

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  • Ursula Have a wonderful time.! Love from Rose

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  • IK wens jullie een a lot of Blessings

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