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We apologise, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the events we planned for 2020-2021 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 Day Retreat - with Engaged Dharma
Meeting the conflict with positive action and understanding in Israel and Palestine
6 March, 2021
Sacred Places
Alone together making our world a more beautiful and connected place, in your location and online
21 March, 2021
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 Day Retreat, Israel and Palestine - with Engaged Dharma
6 March, 2021

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

This day retreat reaches 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.

Being Peace

We have been running Being Peace retreats 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. We're really overjoyed to be joining with Engaged Dharma how have been working in this area of bringing their social action and creative meditation practice to the front lines of engagement for many years.

Picking the Tree

On this day we will head into the olive groves and fields of Palestine and participate in some tree planting.

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. 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 see this on one hand as a shortened version of the Being Peace retreat that normally happens during the olive harvest. Yet in another way this is a brand new happening that we hope you will join and help co-create and shape with us.

The retreat days will be facilitated by Nathan Glyde and Zohar Lavie from SanghaSeva, and Aviv Tatarsky and Shlomit Lapid from Engaged Dharma.

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

להרשמה ולקבלתלהרשמה ומידע נוסף על יום העבודה בעברית

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

Sacred Places, in your location and online
21 March, 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 fifth in a series of retreats that will take place remotely yet supported with a feeling of togetherness. If this works successfully we will later 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 the first event we're doing 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.


Other retreats led by SanghaSeva facilitators

Read more about SanghaSeva's facilitators.

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