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We apologise, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the events we planned for 2021 will not happen in the way we first planned. But we are converting what we can, and adding in new ones, see below.

We would also like to invite you to connect with others who feel the calling to be engaged in creative and positive actions in the world, by joining our online community to explore new ways to do meditation in action.
Being Peace Weekend Retreat
Meeting the conflict with peace and understanding in Israel and Palestine
8 - 9 October, 2021
Being Peace Long Weekend Retreat
Meeting the conflict with peace and understanding in Israel and Palestine
13 - 16 October, 2021
Being Peace Day Retreats
Meeting the conflict with peace and understanding in Israel and Palestine
22 & 23 October, 2021
Sacred Places
Alone together making our world a more beautiful and connected place, in your location and online
24 October, 2021
Being Peace Evening Meeting
Joining remotely to listen with peace and understanding in Palestine Online
30 October, 2021
EarthCare Tree Planting Retreat
in Devon, UK
17 - 23 January, 2022
Other retreats led by SanghaSeva facilitators

 

Upcoming Events

On this page we have a brief explanation of our next retreats with links to get more information. For the long retreats we have more information on the site, for the shorter (day or weekend) events please register your interest for more information via email.

In addition to SanghaSeva's own retreats we are also listing events we wish to promote that closely share our vision of an integrated practice. They are being offered by independent organisations we resonate with, and/or run by SanghaSeva facilitators. To make this as clear as possible they are listed under the heading SanghaSeva Supports. These are not adverts, and no money or favours have changed hands in creating this expanded listing.




Being Peace 2021

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 we have needed to adjust our plans for a longer Being Peace retreat (usually we have a 10 day residential retreat open to international participants). This year we plan to have a series of shorter events bringing real support to the people of Palestine during the olive harvest. We are offering day long events, and an online evening to make it really accessible. We also offer a residential stay in a Palestinian village where we will be able to learn even more about life under occupation, invite deeper friendships and make more contributions of help and support.

We hope you'll join us on one of these great events.

Being Peace Weekend Residential Retreat: 8 - 9 October, 2021

Being Peace Long Weekend Residential Retreat: 13 - 16 October, 2021

Being Peace Harvest Day Retreats: 22 & 23 October, 2021

Being Peace Evening Meeting: 30 October, 2021


Being Peace Weekend Retreat, Israel and Palestine
8 - 9 October, 2021

“Be the change you want to see” - Mahatma Gandhi

This retreat lovingly flows through the walls of separation that have been built up between Israelis and Palestinians; physical walls, but also those built within our hearts.
The aim of this retreat is to cross the real and imagined border between these countries; so close and yet often so far apart.
By not allowing ourselves to be limited by the constructed roles we have been taught to play, we can directly express our human goodness ourselves.
This is a chance to experience the situation more directly; beyond stereotypes, media images and fearful projections.

Being Peace

We have been running this retreat since 2006, and over nearly 15 years of Being Peace we have established a relationship of trust and friendship in the villages and communities we work with. To support us all in opening to this complex situation with peace and intimacy we will be spending a few nights in a Palestinian village. While there we will meet and work with Palestinian families in the olive harvest, and hear how life under occupation is affecting them.

Picking the Tree

Our wish is to bring support and understanding to all those living in this conflict, and to make the meeting of Jews and Arabs, Israeli and Palestinian, a reality.
We hope to bring more understanding, more compassion and more peace, both to the moments of the retreat and to the situation as a whole.

This is a shorter version of the Being Peace retreat that normally happens at this time of year. This weekend retreat is primarily aimed at people who are already living or spending time in the region.

The retreat will be facilitated by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde.

If you are interested in exploring what it is to "Be Peace":

להרשמה ולקבלת מידע נוסף על סופהשבוע בעברית

Register your interest for this Being Peace Weekend retreat to receive more information in English.


Being Peace Long Weekend Retreat, Israel and Palestine
13 - 16 October, 2021

“There Is No Way to Peace, Peace Is the Way” - A.J. Muste

An opportunity to open your heart to the complex situation in Israel and Palestine.
To connect directly with the people and their pain beyond media reportage, views and opinions.
To develop our ability to be with difficulty, conflict, and blame.
To stay steady with strong emotions and expand our capacity for peacefulness, kindness and care.
To meet and be inspired by those who choose peace when all around them pushes towards conflict.

Outlook

We have been running this retreat since 2006, and over nearly 15 years of Being Peace we have established a relationship of trust and friendship in the villages and communities we work with. To support us all in opening to this complex situation with peace and intimacy we will be spending a few nights in a Palestinian village. While there we will meet and work with Palestinian families in the olive harvest, and hear how life under occupation is affecting them.

Picking the Tree

Our wish is to bring support and understanding to all those living in this conflict, and to make the meeting of Jews and Arabs, Israeli and Palestinian, a reality.
We hope to bring more understanding, more compassion and more peace, both to the moments of the retreat and to the situation as a whole.

This is a slightly shorter version of the Being Peace retreat that normally happens at this time of year. This long weekend retreat is primarily aimed at people who are already living or spending time in the region.

The retreat will be facilitated by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde.

If you are interested in exploring what it is to "Be Peace":

להרשמה ולקבלת מידע נוסף על סופהשבוע בעברית

Register your interest for this Being Peace Long Weekend retreat to receive more information in English.


Being Peace Harvest Day Retreats, Israel and Palestine
22 & 23 October, 2021

These day retreats reach out beyond the walls that separate Israelis from Palestinians; both walls built by human hands and those built within us.
They are an opportunity to directly express our basic human goodness.
This is a chance to contribute to peace by offering acts of solidarity and hope.

We have been running the Being Peace retreat in Israel and Palestine since 2006, and over nearly 15 years we have established a relationship of trust and friendship in the villages and communities we work with. These day retreats are a way of keeping this peace building process going.

Being Peace

The olive harvest is a delightful time when whole families come into their ancestral olive groves and work in harmony with nature to produce golden rich oil.

Picking the Tree

This is also a chance to see and learn how this simple act of life in Palestine takes place within the framework of decades of occupation. Although this can sound challenging we find this unfolds as a time of deep healing, inspiration, and hope.

Our wish is to bring support and understanding to all those living in this conflict, and to make the meeting of Jews and Arabs, Israeli and Palestinian, an easy reality.
We hope to bring more understanding, more compassion and more peace, both to the moments of the retreat and to the situation as a whole. We hope you will join us.

This is our most accessible version of the Being Peace retreat that normally happens at this time of year.

These retreat days will be facilitated by Michal Kfir and Shahar Matan.

If you are interested in exploring what it is to "Be Peace" on one or both days:

Friday

להרשמה ולקבלת מידע נוסף על ימי המסיק בעברית

Register your interest for this Being Peace retreat day to receive more information in English.

Saturday

להרשמה ולקבלת מידע נוסף על ימי המסיק בעברית

Register your interest for thethis Being Peace retreat day to receive more information in English.

 


Sacred Places, in your location and online
24 October, 2021

Note this event comes with two timings: one in European friendly time zones; and one suited to North America

To more easily accommodate everyone we will have a group that meets and practices from 8am Central time in US and Canada, and another that starts at 8am UK time. The retreat days will have the same form, but please register for the one in your most convenient time zone.

“There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.” - Wendell Berry

This retreat is an opportunity to meet together online to support working for good in our locality.
By tuning into the feeling of sangha as a community of support, we can go beyond what we feel is possible alone.
This is a chance to experience being empowered to act from our heart’s deepest wishes, and go beyond the human habitual norms of care in our actions.

The first style of Sacred Places retreats will be a clean up. We will have a day of action in each of our local areas, perhaps you’ve already noticed a nature spot you would love to see cleaner than it is right now.

Cleaning the lake

If you’re near an ocean or a waterway, a woodland or fields, or a scrubland or a side of road, you will have noticed and can feel how our human nature is living in mother nature. This living planet is home to countless other beings, and it is time to act for them too.

Human lifestyles generate quite a lot of waste, some of this escapes the waste collection system and collects instead in areas of natural beauty. We're not just talking about the countryside – even a flower by the side of the road is beautiful and natural.

During the time of Covid we have seen a slipping back from the progress we’ve made in recycling and plastic reduction. This is understandable, thinking of the environment is hard when we’re in a panic or a pandemic. Yet when plastic isn’t taken care of well it finds its way through our streets towards the sea. It's not hard to see the impact of our decreased care and consideration around plastics along our shorelines and riverbanks.

Turtle in the lake

Let’s work together remotely yet deeply connected to each other and to great nature to make these desecrated (neglected) places sacred again for all beings.

We'll meet in the morning via a Zoom call to establish our connection as a community of actors. We’ll have a meditation session together and a time for sharing our intentions. Then spend the day with the activity of cleaning. In the afternoon/evening we’ll meet again to share how our day has been: what we’ve learned, achieved, and transformed. Then we’ll close with a meditation.

Daily Rhythm (times are listed below are in UK time or in Central time (US and Canada) depending on which group you join)
  • 08.00 - 10.00 - Opening the session with a meditation and sharing our intentions
  • 10.00 - 15.00 - 5 hours in which to find your own rhythm for the action in your area (you aren’t expected to work all 5 hours!)
  • 15.00 - 16.45 - Coming back together online to share and close the day

This is the eleventh in a series of retreats that takes place with a distributed community, supported by a feeling of togetherness. Later we hope to open to humanitarian issues and activities in other fields. Each event will be treated as an individual event, and registration for each day of action does not require former attendance on other Sacred Places days.

This is also the sixth time we're doing this event with two communities in two time zones joining as one in spirit

The Sacred Places retreat in European time zones will be facilitated by Julia Wallond and Gareth Fysh-Foskett.
Register your interest in Sacred Places European time zones to receive more information.


The Sacred Places retreat in North American time zones will be facilitated by Deanna Burkett.
Register your interest in Sacred Places North American time zone to receive more information.

 

EarthCare: Tree Planting Retreat in Devon, UK
17 - 23 January, 2022

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now” - Anon

This retreat is an opportunity to touch the earth and lay down roots of peace and restoration;
A time for supporting inner and outer growth in and for nature;
This is a chance to aid greater diversity, range, and plenitude for the wild places of the planet.

Moor Land View

The aim of this retreat is to gather in community around Moor Trees' mission to restore native woodland. Then while we work in the land, we will deepening our connection to ourselves and to nature.

We will stay near Dartmoor in the beauty of Eden Rise, where we will have space and time for meditation and community.

The five day retreat will comprise four days of tree planting. These days will not be hard work, and we will adapt to the abilities of the group. But please be aware that tree planting does require bending and working in the wild outdoors. In the middle day of the retreat we will have a restful day of meditative silence, reflection, and inquiry.
We hope this event will support community, positive action, and support our meditative practices.

Picking the Tree

The retreat will be facilitated by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde.

If you are interested in exploring what it is to express "EarthCare" with some meditative tree planting, please read more and register your interest for the EarthCare retreat.

 




Other retreats led by SanghaSeva facilitators

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Visit DependentOrigination.org for more information about Zohar and Nathan's silent retreat schedule.