Every year my husband, Willy Richardson, and I try to take time for a meditation retreat with our Buddhist teacher Lama Ole Nydahl. In 2007 the Diamond Way foundation purchased a Villa on 40 hectares of land in the Allgau region of the Bavarian Alps to be the world center for all the 600 centers from around the world to come and meditate and work together for the annual Summer course. This year we finally decided to go and check it out. It was enriching, hard work, and magical. Audrey our 5 year old loved sleeping in a tent for the 20 days! We chose a good time to come, a lot has been worked out from the previous courses, with having plumbing for 4,000 people, and hot showers all transported in for the 20 days and removed after. I was impressed with how much time and care everyone places in doing the work so we can all be there and meditate together and receive buddhist teachings from our teachers. Hats off to all those who worked months in advance and there to make it all happen! Here are a few impressions from the month trip at the EC.