19th November to 3rd December
a training in meditation skills to empower social engagement
Following the success of this course in 2016 we are rescheduling it in 2017.
Those of us turning to meet the social and ecological challenges of our times know how demanding that can be. The range and scale of the problems, the depth of change required, the complexity of the process, and the seriousness of the struggle ask a lot of us. But the mind and heart offer a wellspring of powerful resource, if we know how to draw on them. Through well-developed meditation practice we can learn to access those resources to empower our action.
This training will help us acquire meditation skills to increase our:
• Emotional resilience, so that we have greater capacity to sustain our engagement
• Focus and clarity, so that we can turn the mind where we need its brightness and creativity
• Centred calm, so that we can remain open and grounded through tough times
• Energy and vitality, so that we can bring ourselves fully and repeatedly to the things that matter
• Self-awareness, so that we can transform unhelpful and limiting habits
• Sense of compassionate connection, so that our solidarity and care remain nourished
• Courage, so that we can meet the world with commitment, passion, and strength
• Capacity for learning, so we can avoid ideological rigidity and keep our strategies responsive and relevant
• An integrated system of practice, providing a core repertoire of meditation forms/practices
• Specific frameworks for understanding meditative experience
• Core principles of working in meditation – from effective ways of working with hindrances through to the subtle skills for establishing deeper absorption and insight practices
• How to apply these tools and skills in an on-going way
The two week course will be divided into three main sections. The first few days will include a series of sessions laying down theoretical frameworks, and using a meditation workshop approach to help acquire skills in the application of core principles. The central part of the training will be in silence, with daily one to one coaching to help you to develop the practices in the direction most useful to you, as well as a few shorter periods of input. The last couple of days will be looking at how we carry this learning back into our everyday engagement. We will include exploration of tips, tricks and tactics for most effectively drawing on our practice to empower action in different situations.
The training is aimed at for people with previous meditation experience. So, it could work for you if you have picked up some basic practices on one of our sustainable activism or collaboration trainings. We will be asking people to arrive on the training on the basis of a regular practice. To support this we will ask you to commit to practice daily and keep a meditation journal for the month leading up to the training. We will prioritise places for people with a shown history of social engagement.
To support the meditation programme there will be optional daily bodywork sessions (led yoga).
The training will be facilitated by members of the core Ecodharma team. The main teaching guidance will be provided by Guhyapati who brings more than 30 years of meditation experience and over 20 years of meditation teaching, including its application in the context of social activism and meeting the challenges of collaborative work and community building.
The Eco-Dharma Centre is situated in a beautiful and wild part of the Catalan Pyrenees. We offer courses, events and retreats which support the realisation of our human potential and the development of an ecological consciousness honouring our mutual belonging within the web of life – drawing on the Buddhist Dharma and the emerging ecological paradigms of our time.
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