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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

Dharmalaya, India
28 March - 17 April, 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.

 

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.

Dharmalaya Sustainable Living Work Retreat, Himalayan foothills, India
28 March - 17 April, 2015

Silent Meditation Retreat, 28 March - 5 April, 2015
Dharmalaya Work Retreat, 6 - 17 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.

 

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Other retreats led by SanghaSeva facilitators

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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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www.SanghaCalendar.org