The Vinitsa Retreat Center was founded in 1996 by Lama Ole Nydahl and has been gradually expanded since then. Here Lama Ole held three Phowa courses and visited the Center many times. During the year there are regular meditation courses and at least one meditation weekend every month. Although the place is still under construction, there is already a house with a large meditation hall. Electricity comes from a solar system and water (which must be saved) from several underground tanks. The friends are constantly working on expanding the Center and improving the conditions for meditation and joyful development.