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We apologise, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the events we planned for 2020 will not happen in the way we first planned. But we are adding in new ones, see below.

So far we have converted our Being Peace Weekend Retreat into a series of Being Peace Evening Meetings next one is - 25 October, 2020

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 and Weekend Retreats
Meeting the conflict with peace and understanding in Israel and Palestine
16 & 17, and 22 - 24 October, 2020
Being Peace Evening Meetings
Joining remotely to listen with peace and understanding in Palestine Online
25 October, 2020
Sacred Places
Alone together making our world a more beautiful and connected place, in your location and online
1 November, 2020
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 2020

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 we have needed to adjust our plans for a longer Being Peace retreat (usual we have a 10 day residential retreat open to international participants). This year we plan to have a series of one day events bringing real support to the people of Palestine during the olive harvest. We are also offering 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 Harvest Day Retreats - 16 & 17 October, 2020

Being Peace Weekend Residential Retreat - 22 - 24 October, 2020


Being Peace Harvest Day Retreats, Israel and Palestine
16 & 17 October, 2020

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

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.

Being Peace

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. 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 a shortened version of the Being Peace retreat that normally happens at this time of year.

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

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

להרשמה ולקבלת מידע נוסף על ימי המסיק בעברית

Register your interest for these Being Peace retreat days to receive more information in English.

 


Being Peace Weekend Retreat, Israel and Palestine
22 - 24 October, 2020

“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 short 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.




Sacred Places, in your location and online
1 November, 2020

“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 episode of Sacred Places 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 in UK time)
  • 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 third 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.

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

Register your interest in Sacred Places to receive more information.

 




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