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There will be 3 guided sessions a day, plus the option of groups, timed as follows

(French time):

10am Instructions/ guided meditation

(11am possible group meetings with Sumedha)

3pm Talk or Q & A

7pm Guided meditation


There will also be the possibility of one to one meetings with Sumedha - you will be able to contact us during the retreat to make a time.


The retreat will be offered via the Zoom platform.  This can be downloaded for free (from google play store or direct from the Zoom website).  You will need a computer with at least audio possibility - if you have a camera/ video we will also be able to see each other on screen!  Once you have downloaded zoom, joining the retreat sessions is very simple: you will just need to click on the link for the live session that we will send you in the information when you book for the retreat. So please don't let the technological aspect put you off - we will make it as easy as possible.


If you miss a live session, the material will also be recorded and available each day via a link to a recordings folder that we will also send you at the beginning of the retreat.

NEW YEAR Retreat - Coming to our Senses

with Sumedha - online

Thursday 29th of Dec 2022 (evening) to Monday 2nd Jan 2023 (lunchtime)


We are in the season where in nature the days are drawing shorter, the energy of plants, trees and animals gathering inwards to nourish and grow in the season that will unfold.  Navigating darkness, cold and some stripping down - and yet a deep intuitive movement towards nourishing life...


We as human animals often lose touch with this net of life we are part of and the wisdom and depths it shares with us.


We lose touch with the importance of resting, settling, grounding and listening to see/ feel how new, connected life will unfold within us and in the world we share.


So -  now -  in a culture of speed and often disconnection and so harm, the turning of the year is a precious moment to pause, settle and contemplate our way of being in ourselves and in the world.  To tune back into this is both nourishing and a radical act of returning and re-connecting, affecting then how we live ourselves and with the earth we are part of.


This retreat is intended to share a sense of simplicity, coming home and community -  to our senses, our bodies, a sense of natural connection and interconnection, letting this be the base for the new year that unfolds.

Nourished by nature, Sumedha emphasises body and nature connected practices as ways of remembering our roots and finding simplicity, stability and aliveness of heart.

Focus of this retreat:

To book contact us on

Costs : 

The retreat will be offered on a dana (donation) basis and we wish to make it available for anyone who is interested, whatever your financial situation.  There is a small booking fee of Euro 40 which you will pay to register (non refundable) to cover our running and administration costs (including internet, electricity, ongoing insurance for the non profit, payment for Zoom pro etc).  This booking fee also includes Euro 10 to become a member of Association Ekuthuleni for one year, the non profit structure through which the retreat is held - it is a legal requirement in France that anyone who participates in the activities of the Association is a member. 


Dana or donations will be then be invited at the end of the retreat for Association Ekuthuleni, for the teachers and for the managers.

It is this way of participation and generosity that really keeps the Dharma rolling, as in dharma centers all over the world!

Content & Practicals

The only little journey we have to make -- the only little moment of transition -- is the moment where we actually become aware of the dignity and beauty and light of the presence in which we already are. I think that being here in this graced planet of landscape, nature, presence, and person is the miracle -- is the journey.

~ John O'Donohue


is a co- founder of Ekuthuleni - see her bio in 'About Us'

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