Supporting the group

From the very soon future I want to be able to support financially everyone who comes to this group. Everyone who want to come to the group, should be able to come, even if someone has no money. If the commitment is there, this should be not a problem at all. I want to go […]


It’s very nice with Aparna. I am happy to be a part of a ‚mini‘ group again. After 5 days we walked 67 km. So that’s not very much, but somehow ok, because of the short cut from Mandi to Rampur. But sure it needs to be improved. Aparna is very commited and working hard […]

1100m up and a wish

Today I walked 1100 elevation meters up. Now on 2100 m. I found again some nice small roads with nearly no cars. The wish As I told you, I got really inspired that Mr Goenko offers free Vipassana courses. Since a long time I think of offering the peace walk for everyone who joins in […]

From Mandi to Rampur

I am on the way again. I found a short cut, so I don’t go through Shimla anymore. The way is a bit north of Shimla walking Mandi-Sundernagar-Rampur, through 2.400m mountain. Aparna from Kolhapur, south of Pune/Mumbai, is on the way to join me on the peace walk. She needs to get with busses and […]

Holger’s visit

After the retreat I meet Holger, a good friend from Flensburg, who came to Dharamsala to organize with Wolfgang and Jürgen, all from the ‚Tibet Initiative Deutschland-TID‘, the next visit of the Dalai Lama in Germany in September. Holger is also my former dentist and we founded together a mindfulness-meditation-group, which Holger still runs. 6 […]

2. Vipassana retreat II

Somewhen in the retreat I cought also up in me mind, here contemplating….. Again, as in the last retreat 4 month ago, I think of the Easter-silent-retreats I have offered before I started the peace walk. We had the element of ‚toning‘ inside where everyone sings from the center of the heart, whatever sound comes […]

Second Vipassana retreat

I travel ‚back‘ to Dharamsala, exactly to Dharmakot to the Vipassana center. It’s on 2000m elevation level in a cedar forest. The second day rain and some ice crystals fall down. When the sun is not coming out on 2000m, then it’s getting very cold…. In the main meditation hall, where the 45 participants sits, […]

Reunion in Mandi

Happy meet again in Mandi with Sangeet, Tanu and there son Devgeet, and parents. Unexpected I reach a day earlier than thought – after a long walk of 41km. The way from last year summer/autumn is now connected again. Smile Any feedback or question Facebook: Thomas Heinrich Schmöckel Facebook: steppps peacewalk Email: Whatsapp: +30 […]

Dying Cow

Shortly before the village Gumma I see a cow lying in the concrete ditch. She must have been here for days, lying on the same position. Her excrements shows, that she did not drink for days…. hmmmm what to do. Understanding the whole situation some people stop by…. I have a bottle of water, so […]

Monastery Palpung Sherapling

2 days later I arrive at the Palpung Sherabling monastery. I saw earlier on the map that there are some stupas and closed by a stupa guest house. The next day I convinced the owner of a reduction, but for free I can not stay. The guest house is so beautiful. I did not know, […]