Thank you for your interest in the ‘Work that Reconnects’ retreat at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)! This will be our seventh time offering this retreat at CAT, and we’re very much looking forward to it!
On this page there is some more practical and background information to help you get a feel for the retreat. We have tried to keep it brief, and details such as how to get there will be sent to you on booking.
If you feel like joining us please fill out the registration by following the link at the bottom of the page.
Our intention is to nourish, resource and inspire our collective and personal responses to the ecological challenges of our times, in service to ‘the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible’.
This retreat offers an integrated way to help us reconnect with ourselves, land, community, and our motivation to act in service of the earth whilst volunteering for the Centre for Alternative technology which has been at the forefront of advocating sustainable solutions to our energy and climate needs since the 1970s. We will work and play together to create a small inclusive temporary community with days framed by regular daily meditation practice and periods of silent reflection, volunteering with physical work in the growing fields, gardens and woodland at C.A.T., and nurturing our deepening connection to act in service to the web of life through workshop activities drawn from the ‘Work that Reconnects’, created by Joanna Macy and other Spiritual Activist luminaries.
We will stay in CAT’s two eco-cabins, which provide basic but comfortable accommodation. Due to the current covid situation this retreat will be smaller than usual- with 10 participants and two facilitators which allows us to have single bedroom occupancy (in small bunk bedrooms or single bedrooms).
We typically start each day with a period of meditation and a shared group- made breakfast, before working in the gardens or woodland for around 5 hours a day. The work will be arranged so it is suitable for a range of abilities and includes regular breaks.
We finish work mid-afternoon with a period of free time to explore the site or rest. We gather in the evening for meditation, followed by dinner in the restaurant. After dinner there is an evening programme, which introduces themes from Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects” (more information on the “Work that Reconnects” is below).
The spirit of the week is one of co-creating community, and there are daily opportunities to feedback and reflect together on how we mutually hold the programme according to our needs.
We are also offered a tour of the CAT site and may have the opportunity to hear about CAT’s flagship ‘Zero-Carbon Britain’ project.
Whilst a basic level of physical fitness is required to walk around the site and engage with the volunteer work, we actively welcome people from diverse backgrounds including ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, economic and class, age and physical health backgrounds. If you are unsure about whether we can accommodate your needs, please do get in touch and we are happy to discuss this with you further.
The cost of the retreat is £250. The retreat fee covers shared accommodation in the Eco Cabins at CAT, all food from Sunday evening (when the retreat starts) to Friday lunchtime (when it finishes). Our facilitators offer their time and energy freely and do not receive payment for what they do. You are welcome to offer them a donation at the end of the retreat. It does not cover a fee for the facilitators themselves beyond travel expenses. See below for more information about supporting the facilitators.
Please note, if you can’t afford the full cost of the retreat it may be possible for Meditation in Action to offer a bursary. If you would like to join the retreat but require financial assistance, please do contact us. If you are touched by this project but cannot join us, you could also help by sponsoring someone else to go, please contact us for further information on how to do this.
Fill out the registration of interest form below and you will be forwarded to our information letter page with more information, such as how to get there, and how to pay the retreat costs. If nothing happens, or if you have any questions, please contact us immediately.
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