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A 'Work that Reconnects' Retreat
at the Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT), mid Wales, UK
29 May - 3 June, 2022

Humanity in Action: Supporting a Safe Haven
in Calais, France
1 - 5 June, 2022
Earth Care Day
A day of working in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: an inner-city jungle in London, UK
11 June, 2022
Sacred Places
Alone together making our world a more beautiful and connected place, in your location and online
9 July, 2022
Being Peace Retreat
Being the change we wish to see by opening to the age old conflict in Israel and Palestine
12 - 23 October, 2022
Earth Care Tree Planting Retreat
in Devon, UK
16 - 22 January, 2023
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.




A Work That Reconnects Retreat at the Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT), mid Wales, UK
29 May - 3 June, 2022

Come join us to connect with land and community and nourish motivation to act in service of the earth.

We will be staying at the Centre for Alternative Technology, in the lush temperate rainforests of west mid-Wales, in beautiful simple eco-cabins where we will co-create a small temporary inclusive community. The days will be framed by regular daily meditation practice, volunteering in the gardens and woodlands at CAT, and nurturing our connection with the web of life through workshop activities drawn from ‘The Work that Reconnects’ by Joanna Macy and other spiritual activist luminaries.

Previous participants have told us they found the week refreshing, resourcing and connecting- to the physical earth in this beautiful location, to the sense of community we grow in the group, and to personal gifts and intentions that they take back home to their communities.

"What made the retreat special for me was the people, our surroundings, learning about what could be possible for our future" (participant in 2016)

“I returned home feeling inspired and grounded. Thank you to all involved” (participant in 2018)

We actively encourage and support diversity in terms of race, gender, age, class, sexuality and ethnicity, and wholeheartedly welcome people of all backgrounds. The physical work and simple nature of the bunk bed dormitory style accommodation do require a certain level of physical health, however, we endeavour to include any and all who are willing to enter into the spirit of the retreat regardless of capacity. We are committed to a fair and openly accessible financial arrangement; there are a limited number of bursaries available, and once we are able to cover costs are willing to discuss a sliding scale of payment for those in need of this. Please feel free to contact us for clarification or questions!

The retreat will be facilitated by Gareth Fysh-Foskett and Julia Wallond

If you are interested read more information and register your interest for this retreat.

 

Retreat Now Full
Humanity in Action: Supporting a Safe Haven in Calais, France
1 - 5 June, 2022

“Refugees are going to continue to come, and the only question is what we are going to do to help them.”
- Davan Yahya Khalil

An opportunity to embody our humane response to crisis, and take the chance to care for others.
To embrace our shared humanity and see the person beyond the label 'refugee'.
To open to this painful reality and make a difference by helping create a safe haven for those who have seen the worst of humanity.

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We will be helping NGOs created to support refugees who are experiencing real hardship. This is essential work that continues even though the Calais camps were shut down towards the end of 2016. Our time there will be an act of solidarity and contribute to a real difference for those who truly need help.

The Humanity in Action retreat will combine this positive action with meditation, discussions, and group processing.

Picking Olives

We will be working with grassroots organisations formed by volunteers that came to support the crisis before the camps were demolished and residents evicted.

It is not possible to know ahead of time exactly what we will do nor what is needed to support the noble humanitarian work, but we aim to find work suitable for all ages and energy levels. Our morning work will probably be in the warehouses where we may be sorting donations, and preparing food and other necessities into parcels for distribution. In the afternoon we may engage with the distribution, and offering other services: like hot drinks, sewing, hair station, games… to those in need.

If you are touched by this project but cannot join us, you could also help by sponsoring someone else to go. If you would like to use Paypal please donate here. If you would like to use another method to support this retreat please contact us.

The retreat will be facilitated by Nathan Glyde.

The Retreat is now FULL

 

Earth Care Day, London, UK with London Insight Meditation
11 June, 2022

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This is an opportunity to spend a day outdoors together, working gently with the earth as an expression of our hearts.
The day will be framed by periods of meditation and contemplation cultivating greater awareness in a daily life setting.
Bringing positive action and spiritual practice together gives us an opportunity to express our care and love for our planet, while also offering an opportunity to meet and connect with like minded people.

We will be working at and with the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, participating in wildlife and habitat conservation work.

This could include weeding, pruning, brambling, habitat creation, path repairing etc.
No skills or previous experience required; everyone is welcome.

Times: 9:30 to 17:00

Cost: £12 to cover organisational costs.
There will be the possibility to offer dana to the facilitators at the end of the day.

The retreat day will be facilitated by James Blake.

This event is run jointly with London Insight Meditation.

If you are interested to receive more information please register your interest for this Saturday retreat.

 

Sacred Places, in your location and online
9 July, 2022

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 twelfth 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 seventh 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 Nathan Glyde and Helen Cotter.
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.

 

SanghaSeva Supports: Dharma Yatra - France
27 July - 5 August, 2022

Walking in simplicity and nature through the French Mountains, supported by silence and meditation through the days.
With Zohar Lavie, Nathan Glyde, Kiet Dao, and Denis Roberect

For more information visit DharmaYatra.org

 

Being Peace Retreat, Israel and Palestine
12 - 23 October, 2022

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

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 will be spending time both in Palestine and in Israel, meeting Palestinians and Israelis whose lives are directly affected by the conflict. We will harvest olives with Palestinian villagers who have difficulties accessing their olive groves due to the Israeli army and settlers.

Picking Olives

The aim of this retreat is to bring love, compassion, and an openness of heart and mind to a place of pain, suffering and confusion.

We will be working with both Palestinians and Jews dedicated to a nonviolent transformation of their lives. Our wish is to bring support and understanding to all those living this conflict and its effects. There will be silent days of meditation and reflection, and group explorations into being with our experience.

If you are touched by this project but cannot join us, you could also help by sponsoring someone else to go. If you would like to use Paypal please donate here.

With Paypal you can pay securely with credit cards or freely create your own Paypal account. 
If you would like to use another method please contact us.

If you would like to join the retreat but require financial assistance please contact us.

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

If you are interested read more information and register your interest for this retreat.

 

Earth Care: Tree Planting Retreat in Devon, UK
16 - 22 January, 2023

“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 "Earth Care" with some meditative tree planting, please read more and register your interest for the Earth Care 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.