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Cheng Hsin 2020 Holland Camp

Contemplation &

Satsang Workshop

with Peter Ralston

5-11 July | 2020 | in De Glind (NL)

Cheng Hsin Holland Camp

This year the Cheng Hsin Holland Camp offers a program with first seven days in the Art of Effortless Power followed by a weekend of Boxing and a six day Contemplation & Satsang Workshop (CSW).   

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Contemplation & Satsang Workshop (CSW)

This six day long live-in workshop will be very similar to a Contemplation Intensive or an intense Zen retreat.

Throughout the workshop, the participants ask or “hold” a question, such as “Who am I?” for the purpose of directly experiencing who they are. In Zen terminology, such a breakthrough is called an enlightenment experience.

There is no “data” in this intensive, nothing to memorize, no formula to live by, nothing to understand. New distinctions and breakthroughs are likely to occur, yet they occur solely out of the participants’ own work in contemplation.

While this kind of intensive is highly structured and requires discipline, the actual technique used is extremely straightforward and simple. The main exercise we do throughout the six days is called a Contemplation and Communication Exercise (CCE).

The Contemplation and

Communication Exercise

This is a 40 minute period in which two people sit facing each other, with one person acting as a listening partner and the other as the contemplating and communicating partner. Every five minutes the roles are reversed and the listening partner becomes the contemplating and communicating partner, and the contemplating partner becomes the listening partner. This continues back and forth for 40 minutes.

The fundamental endeavour in a CCE is repeatedly setting out to directly experience who you are (other questions include: What is another? What is life? or What am I?). As a result of such immediate contemplation, in which you are opening up in this very moment to experience yourself directly, something will come up. By “come up” I mean that some thought, feeling, idea, sensation, memory, or some sort of experience will fill the space of that openness. Or you will directly experience who you are.

Whatever comes up for you when you set out to directly experience yourself — no matter what it is — is communicated to your partner. You get it across to that person honestly, exactly as it is. The listening partner receives it without comment, without judgment, without any kind of feedback at all, subtle or gross. This gives you the freedom and space to communicate anything, without concern about its correctness, how good or bad it looks, or whether or not it will be judged.

When the communication has occurred, you once again set out to experience who you are — contemplating and then communicating what comes up as a result, repeating this process until your five minutes are up. At that time a bell will chime and you will be instructed to reverse roles; you will then become a non-judgmental, open, and silent listening partner for five minutes.

The Workshop  Format

The workshops starts on Sunday evening

18.00 with an introduction to the workshop and CCE’s. During the workshop each day begins at 6.00. Throughout the day you will do about ten CCEs and have three walking contemplations.

Two times a day you have a  period of Satsang, meaning Being with the Truth; or Gathering for the Truth. During this period Reter Ralston will be doing talks, going over contemplation, telling stories, dialoguing and answering questions to help people in their efforts to have a breakthrough.

The meals will be light, but relatively frequent. Vegetarian meals are provided. You will be cared for so that your focus can be total.

During all periods outside the workshop space you will remain silent. Everything will be a contemplation. For example, meals are “eating contemplation” and bedtime is “sleeping contemplation.” The participant is instructed to “hold the question” every minute of the entire day. Sleeping contemplation occurs every evening around 22:00.


In such an intense environment, where you have no concerns but to directly experience yourself, you will move through a tremendous amount of “stuff.” Mental, emotional, or physical barriers can come up. This is to be expected. Consider it part of the process and keep your intent on directly experiencing who you are no matter what comes up or gets in the way.

The purpose of this workshop is to have an enlightenment experience, which is to say, to directly and authentically experience the true nature of Being. Even if this doesn’t occur at this time, however, your efforts can have a lasting effect on your life and wellbeing.  

Peter Ralston

Peter Ralston is a highly trained and insightful facilitator, openly teaching what he has learned from decades of training, insight and direct experience. The main focus in his facilitation work is to uncover the truth of things, to break through assumptions and beliefs, and to assist others in having a direct, authentic, and experiential increase in Consciousness.

Peter has been pursuing this work with passionate determination for more than 40 years. During periods of intense contemplation, he has had many enlightenment experiences which have profoundly influenced his study.

To demonstrate the effectiveness and opening power of a direct experience of Being, in 1978 he entered the World Championship full contact martial arts tournament held in China. He was the first non-Asian ever to win the tournament.

Peter has trained staff and done workshops for many organizations, such as Lifesprings, Institute of Self Actualization (ISA), Robbins Research Institute (NLP), Actualizations, Institute for Empowerment, and others. He is a highly trained and insightful facilitator.


The CSW is held at the YMCA conference centre in De Glind a small village near Amersfoort. The accommodation offers one and two person bedrooms with running warm and cold water. Showers and toilets are on the corridors. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant. The major conference hall will be our workspace for the week.

Check in time for the Contemplation & Satsang Workshop is Sunday 5 July at 17.00.

Check out time for the Contemplation and Satsang Workshop is Saturday 11 July at 17.00.


Here are the prices for the workshop and accommodation including lodging and meals.

Workshop Costs

Accommodation Costs

Registration and contact

In order to make your registration complete transfer the deposit (€ 195) before the required deadline and send in the registration form. Or send in the required information by email. The remaining payment for the workshop must be paid in cash on arrival. Accommodation costs need to be transferred in full by June 1st.

For questions on the CSW contact Peter Ralston at

For all questions on the Cheng Hsin Holland Camp contact:

Epi van de Pol

Sterrelaan 45

1217 PR Hilversum

the Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)35 6 28 99 47


Make you payments to:

Bankaccount: E. van de Pol

IBAN: NL37 RABO 0394483936


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