Upcoming Events


The Power of Love
Volunteering at Anandwan; a Leprosy rehabilitation community in India
2 December, 2014 - 2 January, 2015

Sustainable Living Work Retreat
Eco-building at Dharmalaya; an institute for compassionate living in India
25 March - 13 April, 2015

Being Peace Day
A day of working in Walaja, Palestine; a village surrounded by the Separation Barrier
29 May, 2015

Working Towards a Sustainable Future
Volunteering at CAT; a leading centre for environmental inspiration and courses in mid Wales, UK
June, 2015 (Dates to be Confirmed)

Simplicity and Sustainability
Ecological building at Ekuthuleni; a low-impact retreat centre in the Pyrenees, France
8 - 21 August, 2015

Interconnectedness Weekend
A day of meditation followed by a day of mindful working in Sheffield, UK
12 - 13 September, 2015

Being Peace Retreat
Being the Change we wish to see by opening to the age old conflict in Israel and Palestine
8 - 18 October, 2015

 

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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. Some are being offered by independent organisations and some in collaboration with 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.

 

The Power of Love retreat at Anandwan, India
2 December, 2014 - 2 January, 2015

Baba AmteSomnath Silent Meditation Retreat, 2 - 9 December, 2014
Anandwan Work Retreat, 11 December, 2014 - 2 January, 2015

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love" - Mother Teresa

An opportunity to open to joy and sorrow, and see where and how they meet.
To share care and love in different ways; experiencing how much we receive when we express that part of ourselves.
To inquire into "What helps?" - what is helpful and what comes through us to be of service.
To explore our relationship with being and doing.

Anandwan is a vibrant and inspiring community, comprising cured leprosy patients and people with any "disability" that has led them to be cast out from their families and societies.

Communicating Beyond LanguageThe work retreat offers time for living and working in the community alongside the residents, developing friendships and learning new skills. There will also be time for daily meditations, group explorations and a silent meditation day once a week.

MassageThe work retreat will be preceded by a silent meditation retreat in Anandwan's agricultural lands. We feel this adds to the experience of being in Anandwan, but it is not compulsory.
The silent retreat offers time to explore our inner nature, and see what we discover within. Days will include guidance in mediation techniques and practices, talks and time for personal interviews with facilitators. As well as group meditations in the hall, there will be time for walking meditation outside.
If you wish to only attend the silent meditation retreat select the appropriate retreat on the registration form.

When we first came upon Anandwan we saw it as a rare jewel, an embodiment of compassion; a vision of the future. We want to offer the opportunity for others to experience the wonder, the empowerment, and the beauty of this precious place.

Both retreats will be led by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde.

If you are interested read more information and register for the Anandwan retreat.

 

SanghaSeva Supports: Sarnath Meditation Retreats, near Varanasi, India; 18 February - 4 March 2015

Two Silent Vipassana (Insight Meditation) Retreats. The first runs 18 to 25 February, the second from 25 February to 4 March. Both retreats offered on dana.
The first is led by Christopher Titmuss alone, on the second he is joined by Zohar Lavie.

For more information visit BodhGayaRetreats.org

 

Sustainable Living Work Retreat at Dharmalaya, Himalayan foothills, India
25 March - 13 April, 2015

Silent Meditation Retreat, 25 March - 2 April, 2015
Dharmalaya Work Retreat, 3 - 13 April, 2015

"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves" - Mahatma Gandhi

dharmalayaAn opportunity to live in a community sharing our deepest intentions, living lightly on the earth while co-creating a centre of connection and positivity.
To nurture gentleness; bringing it into being on the retreat and enlivening it in our lives and in the world.
To harmonise with the elements; connecting to nature by living and working outdoors in the Himalayan mountains.

On this retreat we will participate in the creation of the Dharmalaya institute for compassionate living.

The work retreat offers time for living and working as a community, developing friendships and learning new skills. We will be participating in the creation of food gardens, permaculture landscaping, and earth building.
There will also be time for daily meditations, group explorations and silent meditation days.

Preceding the work retreat there will be a silent meditation retreat, we find this adds to the experience of being in Dharmalaya.
The silent retreat offers time to explore our inner nature, and see what we discover within. Days will include guidance in mediation techniques and practices, talks and time for personal interviews with facilitators. As well as the group meditations in the hall, there will be time for walking meditation outside.
If you wish to only attend the silent meditation retreat select the appropriate retreat on the registration form.

Dharmalaya is dedicated to bringing together sustainable development, ecological building, and spiritual growth.

We hope this retreat will be a time of connected action to develop connection to ourselves and the world.

Both retreats will be led by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde.

If you are interested read more information and register your interest for the retreats.

 

SanghaSeva Supports: Himalayan Yatra, Pindari Valley, India; 18 April - 1 May 2015

A walking meditation retreat held amongst the mountains of the Pindari valley in the Indian Himalaya. Walking through pristine forests and high mountain landscapes near one of the lesser known sources of the holy river Ganges.
Led by Nathan Glyde and Zohar Lavie.

For more information visit HimalayanYatra.org

 

Being Peace Day in Walaja, Palestine
29 May, 2015

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

shiraThis retreat is an opportunity to reach out beyond the walls that separate Israelis from Palestinians; both walls built by human hands and those built within us.
By not allowing ourselves to be limited by the constructed roles we play, we can directly express our basic human goodness.
This is a chance to experience the situation more directly; beyond stereotypes, media images and fearful projections.

The aim of this retreat is to cross the real and imagined border between these countries; so close and yet often so far apart.
To create a supportive environment for opening to the situation, we will be spending time in a Palestinian village meeting and working with Palestinian villagers, whose lives are impacted by the Israeli army and settlers.

Being PeaceOur 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 listed below. This day event 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" register your interest for this retreat to receive more information.

 

Working Towards a Sustainable Future at CAT, mid Wales, UK
June, 2015

pruningThis work retreat offers us the opportunity to nourish and express our care for life on Earth and our wish for a more sustainable world. A chance to combine working outdoors with silent reflection, meditation and listening practice.

The retreat is open to all, those new to meditation as well as those with experience; meditation instructions will be given. Also the work will be arranged so people with a range of abilities will have a place on this retreat. We imagine we will work primarily in the gardens but there are possibilities to work in other areas, depending on needs of the community and skills of the participants.

To enable the cultivation of greater awareness in a daily life setting, the working days' activities will be framed by periods of meditation and contemplation, and parts of each day will be spent in silence. Evening reflections and guided interactive exercises will aim to deepen our connection to all things, including our inner life.
There will be an opportunity for further group sharing and exploration on the last morning.
The retreat will end after lunch on the last day.

We are very happy to be working with the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). CAT is Europe's leading centre for environmental inspiration and courses, it offers practical solutions on all aspects of sustainable living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic vegetable growing.

cabinsWe will stay in one of CAT's two Eco Cabins and work onsite to support the community in whatever way is most helpful. Vegetarian lunch and dinner will be provided by CAT's vegetarian wholefood restaurant, while breakfast will be self-catering.

The full cost of the retreat is "being calculated" (To be updated shortly), we will again offer a 10 per cent "early bird" discount if you pay in full before 1 April.
This covers accommodation in the Eco Cabins, all food from Monday evening (when the retreat starts) to Friday lunchtime (when it finishes), and travel expenses for the retreat facilitator/teacher.

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 Kirsten Kratz

If you are interested in this retreat register your interest to receive more information.

 

Simplicity and Sustainability Retreat at Ekuthuleni, Pyrenees, France
8 - 21 August, 2015

Silent Meditation Retreat, 8 - 13 August, 2015
Ekuthuleni Work Retreat, 15 - 21 August, 2015

An opportunity to work and practice among the oak woodlands of the Pyrenean foothills.
To support the creation of a centre for sensitive spiritual living.
A chance to learn ecological building skills of straw bale walls and mud plastering.

The work retreat will include working mindfully, sometimes silently and at other times with communication. In this way we hope to support connectivity within and without. There will also be time for formal silent meditation practice, group discussions and informal conversations.
The work retreat will be preceded by a silent meditation retreat. A time for resting into the nature around us and within.
You are welcome to come to either one or to do both.

We will be living and working as a community with the goal to live gently on the earth. While there we will be helping to build an indoor meditation space so that the possibility of practice can extend to take place year round.

On this retreat we will be staying in and working at Ekuthuleni. A community with the aim to live simply and look into what nature brings. Living so simply with few distractions, brings us into deeper contact with ourselves.
We wish to share a time of simplicity on the journey of deepening connection to ourselves and the environment.

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

If you are interested read more information and register your interest for the retreats.

 

Interconnectedness Weekend, Sheffield, UK
12 - 13 September, 2015

flowersAn opportunity to combine a day of outdoor activity with a day of silent spiritual reflection.
Bringing positive action and spiritual practice together as a time to express our care and love for our planet. The weekend also offers an opportunity to meet and connect with like minded people.

This non-residential weekend retreat opens with a day of silent meditation practice, the second day is a time of meditation in action; working while practicing. It is possible to join both days of the weekend, or just one day of your choice.

The silent day will include mindfulness practices and deep ecology exercises to deepen our connection to all things including our inner life. While the working day's activities will be framed by periods of meditation and contemplation cultivating greater awareness in a daily life setting.

On the working day we will be joining an organisation in Sheffield and supporting them in whatever work needs doing.

Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

The retreat will be facilitated by Zohar Lavie.

This event is jointly offered with Sheffield Insight.

If you are interested to receive more information about either day please register your interest for this Weekend retreat.

 

Being Peace Retreat, Israel and Palestine
8 - 18 October, 2015

“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.

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.

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.

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Other retreats led by SanghaSeva facilitators

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Silent Meditation Retreat
6 - 13 June, 2015
UK

With Zohar Lavie

For more information visit FreelyGivenRetreats.org

The Four Immeasurables
25 - 30 June, 2015
UK

An exploration of four natural wonders of the heart: loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.
With Zohar Lavie and Caroline Jones

For more information visit GaiaHouse.co.uk

Living with Illness and Loss
9 - 14 July, 2015
UK

For all living with a physical illness or bereavement and interested in finding different ways of being with and relating to the challenges this brings.
With Zohar Lavie and Caroline Jones

For more information visit GaiaHouse.co.uk

Dharma Yatra
27 July - 6 August, 2015
France

Walking in simplicity and nature through the French Mountains, supported by silence and mediation through the days.

With Zohar Lavie, Christopher Titmuss, Denis Roberect and Nathan Glyde

For more information visit DharmaYatra.org

Resting into Our True Nature
4 - 6 September, 2015
UK

A Mindfulness in Nature Weekend.
With Zohar Lavie

For more information visit RetreatToGayles.co.uk

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For information about retreats organised by our sister organisations visit
www.SanghaCalendar.org