earth in mind

5th to 13th May 2019

In this era, to become a spiritual inquirer without social consciousness is a luxury that we can ill afford, and to be a social activist without a scientific understanding of the inner workings of the mind is the worst folly. -Vimala Thakar

We live in a time where the marriage of outer engagement and inner understanding is an essential feature of the movement toward an enlivening and equitable human presence on this earth. This retreat is an opportunity to explore this through slowing down and settling into a rhythm and quality of presence that supports us in remembering what is important, what nourishes us, what allows us to more freely bring ourselves to life.

Supported by our relationship with the wider natural world, we will intersperse periods of silent contemplative practice with nature-based practice, exploring the mutuality of these ways of deepening presence and understanding. Guidance and support for both the contemplative and nature-based practices will be offered throughout the retreat. We will also draw on our collective wisdom through participative inquiry. Collectively we will explore the broad fields of our practice, the ways we have found that nourish us and offer guidance for our lives, as well as examining some of the challenges that hinder us from embodying our potential and engaging in this life.

Together, the three threads of the retreat: contemplative practice, community inquiry and relationship with the land will serve as the foundation through which to explore a range of themes including: Belonging, Trust, Engagement and Reciprocity.

We also hope to have the opportunity at some point in the retreat to either work in the gardens at ecodharma or to plant trees in our forest garden as a way of giving back to the land, that in turn offers us so much.

To live in these times with the enormity of the problems we collectively face is at once both a challenge and a privilege; to be alive when so much is in the balance and yet so much is possible. This retreat is offered as support and inspiration for our collective engagement, well-being and even our flourishing in the midst of these times.

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The team:

Zohar Lavie has been practising meditation since 1995. This journey has taken her from the meditation cushion into exploring further ways of expressing truth and love and in 2004 she co-founded SanghaSeva, an initiative exploring engagement as a spiritual path around the world. Zohar is also co-founder and trustee of Spring Up Foundation. Since 2006 she has been teaching on silent retreats and Dharma gatherings in India, Europe and Israel.

Rupert Marques has practised in the Insight Meditation tradition for over 20 years in Asia, America and Europe. He principal teachers have been Christina Feldman and Joseph Goldstein, and the work of Toni Packer has been influential on his practice and teaching. Rupert currently holds the Nature-Based Practice strand of work at Ecodharma.
“I am interested in how we come to find our place, our sense of purpose and belonging in the times we are living through; how we meet the magnitude of the challenges we face in a manner that calls forth our integrity, our passion and even our gratitude.”

Photo credit: 'we are nature defending itself' by Ilias Bartolini

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