Upcoming Events


Being Peace Weekend Retreat, Israel and Palestine
2 - 3 May, 2014

Interconnectedness Weekend, Sheffield, UK
24 - 25 May, 2014

Sowing Seeds of Change, Devon, UK
29 May - 2 June, 2014

Interconnectedness Weekend, Brighton, UK
14 - 15 June, 2014

Working Towards a Sustainable Future, CAT, mid Wales, UK
23 - 27 June, 2014

Earth Care Weekend, London, UK
12 - 13 July, 2014

Simplicity and Sustainability, Pyrenees, France
4 - 17 August, 2014

Being Peace Retreat, Israel and Palestine
12 - 26 October, 2014

Being Peace Weekend Retreat, Israel and Palestine
31 October - 1 November, 2014

Anandwan Retreat, India
2 December, 2014 - 2 January, 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.

 

SanghaSeva Supports: Himalayan Yatra, Pindari Valley, India; 10 April - 25 April 2014

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 Weekend Retreat, Israel and Palestine
2 - 3 May, 2014

meetOur wish is to make possible a genuine meeting of Israelis and Palestinians, person to person. To allow Israelis to experience the daily life of Palestine and better understand the life of their neighbours.

We be spending time in the village of Wallaje (just outside Jerusalem). We have had contact with this village for many years already, and organised many activities with the villagers there. We hope that you can participate in the continued relationship with these partners for peace.

While there we make time to support the inner process that allows this uncommon meeting, and for the thoughts and feelings it brings up. We'll also participate in actions that support the daily reality of our Palestinian hosts, both offering something positive to the village and creating opportunities to simply be together.

Over the two days we will combine work in the village, and a tour of the reality, with meditations, investigations and inner processing. We will stay in the village over night and so have plenty of opportunities to meet with our hosts and hear of their lives. This event is co-created by SanghaSeva and Engaged Dharma but it would be nothing without the willingness and creativity of our Palestinian partners.

This retreat will be facilitated by Nathan Glyde, Zohar Lavie, Shiri Barr and Aviv Tatarsky.

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

 

Interconnectedness Weekend, Sheffield, UK
24 - 25 May, 2014

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 is 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.

 

Sowing Seeds of Change, Devon, UK
29 May - 2 June, 2014

sitA time to develop our connection to ourselves and to the earth.
An opportunity to spend time in simplicity; working the land and being with nature.
Opening to the profound experience of giving and receiving by nurturing young trees.

We envision this long-weekend retreat as a time of sowing seeds of change and of transformation. Both symbolically and physically, and also, simultaneously within ourselves and in the world. It is also a retreat in which we can explore living in community with like-minded people, living lightly on the earth and receiving a new deeper relationship with nature.

We will work with Trees for Health, a local Devon charity, combining work in their agroforestry project with time for meditation and reflection.

We will be working, living and practicing together, while camping on the grounds of Trees for Health's agroforestry project.

The retreat will be facilitated by Zohar Lavie.

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

 

Interconnectedness Weekend, Brighton, UK
14 - 15 June, 2014

petalThis weekend is an opportunity to combine a day of outdoor activity with a day of silent spiritual reflection.
Bringing positive action and spiritual practice together gives us an chance to express our care and love for our planet, while also offering 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 the Brighton Permaculture Trust and supporting them in whatever work needs doing.

Venue: The Earthship, Stamner Park Brighton, BN1 9PZ (to be confirmed)

Times: 9:30 to 17:00

Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

The retreat will be facilitated by Zohar Lavie.

This is event is jointly offered with Bodhi Tree Brighton.

If you are interested to receive more information about either day please visit BodhiTreeBrighton.org.uk for this Weekend retreat.

 

Working Towards a Sustainable Future, CAT, mid Wales, UK
23 - 27 June, 2014

pruningThis work retreat offers the opportunity to combine working outdoors at the ecological flagship Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) with meditation and listening practice, as we nourish and express our care for life on Earth and our wish for a more sustainable world.

CAT is Europe's leading centre for environmental inspiration and courses. Founded in 1973 on the site of a disused slate quarry in Machynlleth, CAT continues to lead the quest for sustainable, ecologically sound technologies, offering 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 as we work onsite to support the community in whichever way is most helpful. Vegetarian lunch and dinner will be provided by CAT's vegetarian wholefood restaurant, while breakfast will be self-catering.

The working days' activities will be framed by periods of meditation and contemplation, and parts of each day will be spent in silence, enabling the cultivation of greater awareness in a daily life setting. Evening reflections and guided interactive exercises will aim to deepen our connection to the earth, each other and ourselves.

The retreat is open to all, those new to meditation as well as those with experience; meditation instructions will be given.

The full cost of the retreat is £160, we are also offering a 10 per cent "early bird" discount if you pay in full before 1 April.

The retreat will be facilitated by Kirsten Kratz

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

 

Earth Care Weekend, London, UK
12 - 13 July, 2014

leavesAn opportunity to combine a day of outdoor activity with a day of silent spiritual reflection.

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.

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 silent meditations with mindfulness practices and deep ecology exercises to deepen our connection to all things including our inner life.
On the working day will be working gently with the earth as an expression of our hearts. It will be framed by periods of meditation and contemplation cultivating greater awareness in a daily life setting.

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 per day to cover organisational costs.
There will be the possibility to offer dana to the facilitators at the end of the day.

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

This event is run jointly with London Insight Meditation.

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

 

Simplicity and Sustainability, Pyrenees, France
4 - 17 August, 2014

Silent Meditation Retreat, 4 - 9 August, 2014
Work Retreat, 11 - 17 August, 2014

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 and practice ecological building skills.

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 whose goal is to live gently on the earth. Our ecological building work will be to create 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 retreat centre with the aim to explore what it is that being in nature offers us. Living so simply with few distractions can certainly reveal a fresh and clear experience of who we are.
We hope this time of simplicity helps us all 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.

 

Being Peace Retreat, Israel and Palestine
12 - 26 October, 2014

“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.


Being Peace Weekend Retreat, Israel and Palestine
31 October - 1 November, 2014

“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 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" register your interest for this retreat to receive more information.

 

Anandwan retreat, 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.

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Other retreats led by SanghaSeva facilitators

Read more about SanghaSeva's facilitators.

A Path of Freedom
16 - 21 April, 2014
Devon, UK

We will explore ways to creatively respond to the patterns, habits and obstacles that appear to obscure our innate potential for wisdom, love, openness and freedom.

With Kirsten Kratz and Jake Dartington

For more information visit GaiaHouse.co.uk

Meditation Day
3 May, 2014
Pardes Hana, Israel

With Zohar Lavie

For more information visit Tovana.co.il

Dharma Yatra
23 July - 2 August, 2014
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 Kevin Dancelme

For more information visit DharmaYatra.org

One day meditation retreats
30 & 31 August, 2014
Brussels, Belgium

Two "one-day" non-residential mediation retreats in the heart of the city. Come to one or both.

With Zohar Lavie

For more information contact us

Living with Illness and Loss
3 - 8 September, 2014
Devon, UK

Are you currently living with an illness or bereavement and interested in finding different ways of being with and relating to the challenges this brings. This retreat provides the opportunity to explore being present with your experiences just as they are without judgement or blame, beginning to realise the possibility for change that this approach brings.

With Zohar Lavie and Jean Wilkins

For more information visit GaiaHouse.co.uk

The Gaze of Kindness and Wisdom
6 - 13 September, 2014
Devon, UK

This silent retreat offers an opportunity to explore and deepen the profound and transformative practices of Loving-kindness (Metta) and Insight (Vipassana) Meditation.

With Kirsten Kratz

For more information visit FreelyGivenRetreats.org

Living with Uncertainty – Knowing Freedom
22 - 26 September, 2014
Devon, UK

The Buddha's teaching invites a deep inquiry into how to live with awareness and compassion in the face of the changing and fragile nature of all that we cling to for a sense of security in our lives.

With Kirsten Kratz and Jenny Wilks

For more information visit GaiaHouse.co.uk

Engaged Dharma Retreat
25 - 29 September, 2014
Israel

Exploring the hearts natural response to act. A retreat for activists interested in spirituality, or meditators interested in action.

With Zohar Lavie, Shiri Barr & Aviv Tatarsky

For more information visit Tovana.org.il

Silent Meditation Weekend
6 - 8 November, 2014
Israel

With Zohar Lavie

For more information visit Tovana.org.il

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