Discovering The Essence of Life

Discovering The Essence of Life


A Special Residential Retreat in the Alps of Switzerland: 2 - 11 September 2022

Riversong Retreat in Switzerland
Riversong Retreat in Switzerland

Discovering The Essence of Life

“It seems to me essential to find out the essence of life, and to function from there. We are going to discover for ourselves the essence, the truth, and not be caught in the symbol or the word. " - J. Krishnamurti The Nature of the New Mind


As human beings we all wish to live life with joy, peace, love and creativity. Only when we come in contact with our true essence, our inner song, we start to live life with fullness. When we are living mostly driven by our past baggage, life becomes heavy and a field of suffering. Stepping out of this conditioned field of suffering is essential to discover the true freedom, love and beauty of life. Do we ever come in contact with the deep essence of life which is perhaps beyond the reach of thought? Have we lost touch with something simple, innocent, vibrant and beautiful? Have we stopped growing or flowering inwardly? Do we feel a kind of stagnation in our life, work and relationships? Living is a great art which needs to be learnt with deep interest, sincerity and passion.  These are some of the vital questions that we are going to explore in the retreat inspired by the teachings of J. Krishnamurti.

The retreat offer a precious opportunity to go on a journey of self-knowledge, inner transformation and discovering the essence of life.


This retreat is an invitation for a deep spirit of togetherness without any hierarchy, where each participant is sharing the responsibility of this inner journey of exploration. Mukesh Gupta from Varanasi, India is going to anchor and hold this retreat as one of the friends along with Bernard Pulfer, who runs the Riversong.


Mukesh is a worldwide frequently invited speaker and facilitator for retreats, workshops and seminars. He has been on this meditative and transformative journey for more than two decades, inspired by the teachings of J. Krishnamurti. His approach is primarily based on the direct perception of existential questions from a non-reactive still mind and an affectionate attentive presence. He is also the founder of the School for Self-Inquiry.


The daily program of the retreat will include inspiring live talks, meditative self-inquiry sessions and dialogues, meditations, experiments in small groups/couples, walks/hiking in nature. At the end of each day we will sit together and review the whole day. In this way we will walk together while remaining connected with our hearts, minds, bodies and the inner space. We will live and build together the atmosphere of this retreat and support each other with gentleness, care and sensitivity.


This retreat is open for everyone who is interested in going deeper into the journey of self-discovery and transformation. In whatever field you maybe working, whether you are a professional, a coach, a therapist, an artist, a teacher, a seeker or simply a student of life, this retreat offers a safe, gentle and caring space to slow down, relook at one’s life and open up for a new-fresh energy.


Riversong is nestled in a small beautiful village in the Alps of Switzerland, about two hours from Geneva International airport. A perfect place to take a complete break and immerse in the natural beauty and oneself. The place has revived an age-old Swiss tradition of healing hot baths containing special salts and minerals. People have the option to attend the retreat for the full week/ on week days/ on weekend. The retreat duration (2 - 11 September 2022 ) includes two weekends and the week days. Participants can choose to join for the whole period or select either weekend or week days. A minimum stay of two days are required.

For the weekends arrival time is Friday around 6 pm and departure time is after lunch at 3 pm.

For weekdays arrival time is Monday around 6 pm and departure is on Thursday after lunch at 3 pm. 

For cost and reservation contact Bernard at: [email protected]

Phone: 00 41 79 607 80 65 or 00 41 24 524 15 40

Address: Riversong - 1880 Les Plans-sur-Bex -

route de Pont-de-Nant 8 - Switzerland



Mariska Ray, A Personal Coach in Switzerland:

"After attending a retreat with Mukesh at Riversong, Switzerland, I'm a lot more connected to joy and I feel that I begin my days with my heart open and that I embrace my life fully with trust."  

Catherine PfaehlerBern, Switzerland:

"Spending gentle time with Mukesh at the Riversong Retreat Centre in Switzerland has been a deep gift and pleasure for my soul every time I had a chance for it. The slowing down, the practice of deep listening and seeing in a small group helps me to grow, to broaden my understanding on all levels and to relax into my heart. Thank you for allowing me to realize that this is all I need, for my entire life: Resting peacefully in the heart."

Sophie Parlatano Erbrich, Switzerland:

"I really appreciated the general approach of the retreat, based on the exploration of the present moment, in all the finesse of life in motion. I liked the art of formulating essential questions, especially around the themes of listening and compassion, while taking great care not to fall into the temptation of wanting to answer them, or even to hold any knowledge. For "the deepest questions have no answers", we were told. And this space opened up by the absence of pre-fabricated answers a field of possibilities, a breath of confidence!

The roots of my spirituality are Christian, but this did not prevent me from being not only welcomed, but from feeling comfortable, without ever feeling a contradiction in myself. Mukesh always spoke to us with gentleness and humility, taking care to give everyone a chance to speak, fraternally calling us "friends", never trying to convince us of anything, constantly inviting us to sharpen our awareness, to stay close to our experience of the here and now.

We alternated between silent meditations, moments of sharing and movement. The welcome, the open-mindedness, the attention, the empathy, but also the good humour and the laughter were good to experience. I came back feeling calm, confident and stronger than when I arrived." - April 2022

School For Self Inquiry