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New update about construction works: 02.09.2022

By |September 2nd, 2022|Categories: News, Retreat center|

We have a new perspective now – we can look at the retreat houses from the Khenpola’s house’s roof top. This week, the main effort was Khenpo Karma Wangyel’s house and the aim was to make it waterproof – the roof is covered now with waterproof roof cover. And the work continues. One of the retreat houses has floor already made, the other two houses still have no floor but this week we bought all the material necessary – around 1000 euros. Insulation layer (30 cm of rockwool) is almost done for the floor. As now the work which are going on, are quite extensive, we really need everybody’s help. We are very thankful to those, who already donated. Every small amount will be of help also!

Our bank details:


Aadress: Umbusi village, Põltsamaa parish, Jõgevamaa county, 48026.

Bank Transfer Details:


Account: EE212200221065708346


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Construction works update 22.08.2022

By |August 22nd, 2022|Categories: News, Retreat center|

As of 22nd August 2022, you can see on the photos that the houses have roofs. We had a difficult summer because the main constructor left and we had lot of trouble to find quickly another one. Finally we found one reliable person from Ukraine. He did not have much time to come up to now – he just managed to finish the roof works but from now onwards, he can work one full month for us.

From inside the wall insulation of 25 centimeters is done, now the floor insulation has to be finished (30 cm). Also the wind protection cover is placed.

We urgently need some funds to complete the window works for three houses (we have got an offer about 1000 euros per house – that is to say, we should get the windows for three houses (plus Khenpola’s house very soon).

We also need an urgent help for painting works that we could finish the boarding of the three houses. Please contact us if you have any help to offer.

Two houses
The third house

Work in progress (9th of May 2022)

By |May 9th, 2022|Categories: News, Retreat center|

As of 9th of May 2022, two houses have most of the insulation works done, one is missing a roof construction. We are still waiting for the wood for supporting rails for the roof – there has been an exceptional delay of two weeks and it may only arrive next week. Roof tiles arrived already.

5 cm of insulation has to be added.
Roof tiles
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Update of the construction works as of 15.04.2022

By |April 15th, 2022|Categories: News, Retreat center|

In March 2022, proper building works of the retreat huts have started. In winter, however, a parking space was created, more drainage work done and finally the well drilled. Also an official project of the house was done and the building works registered in a building register.

The project of the house (the final modification which cannot be seen on the project is that it will be 24 m2 inside the house, not 25,3m2):

As of 15 of April 2022, one house is up and waterproof. (next works: walls: insulation and clapboarding, roof: a stone roof; windows and doors). For two houses, we have used thick plywood as a wind barrier board (one seen on the photo). Usually it is an expensive material but we obtained a quantity of them as a factory leftover with a very affordable price (there can be some darker spots or very tiny defects which does not influence the building quality).

Parts (floor, walls and rafters) of the second house are laying down and need to be put together (we have to wait for a soil to be a little bit drier because the telehandler cannot lift the pieces up when it is too wet on that location).


For the third house, the floor is done.

Works for Khenpo Karma Wangyel’s house have started as well. This house is necessary for the teachers who come here to teach the retreatants (Khenpo Karma Wangyel as well as Gangteng Rinpoche). The house is located outside of the enclosure of the three-year retreat. This house is entirely made with Khenpo Karma Wangyel’s personal money up to now (buying of the building materials for more than 2000 euros, soon, post foundation works will continue).

Khenpo Karma Wangyel’s future house
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Khenpo Karma Wangyel in Estonia (2021 October) and his request to the Sangha

By |October 18th, 2021|Categories: News|

Yesterday, Khenpo Karma Wangyel arrived to Umbusi village to see the land of the retreat center and make new plans. This summer, due to lack of money, there was no big progress in works, we have only done some maintenance works (cutting the bushes and grass on the area), and road smoothening works as in some places a layer of gravel had to be added (there was lot of difficulties with the road construction and the final constructor had to repair the mistakes which were done by the first constructor who actually could not manage to do it).

Khenpo Karma Wangyel would be really happy if there some more people in Europe who could understand the value of staying in retreat and or support this kind of project. Of course he really appreciates the help and support of those few people who have made this project their personal business.

As of October 2021, we have got one more donation that we could start the building of the first house but for the whole of the project it would be better if we could finish the construction of the first houses. Khenpo Karma Wangyel would be very happy if this could happen very soon.

Below you can find the information for money transfers:


Bank Transfer Details (it is almost for free in Europe and just few clicks away):

Receiver: Yeshe Khorlo Eesti MTÜ (Address: Umbusi village, Põltsamaa parish, Jõgevamaa county, 48026).

International account number: EE212200221065708346

Bank name: SWEDBANK


Khenpo Karma Wangyel in the middle of the retreat center’s land.
Beautiful sights on the road to Umbusi today.
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