see below for more about the teachers
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The Buddha taught the 'middle way' between extremes of desire and aversion, clinging and rejection and this enables to question our habits, our identity - places where we become rigid and suffer. Meditation and inner listening can be a precious tool in this.
And this becoming present in our own heart, our lives and in the world is not a fading out, a 'middle way' in the sense of bland no response. It can give us the listening and the courage to be true in who we are, connected and belonging in a wider web of life. Sensitive to where we suffer and where we cause suffering whether to ourselves or to the wider life of the planet. Maybe there are new (or relearning old!) skills in how to approach and live connected with the flowingness that is life...
In this retreat we will explore together a deeper belonging and connectedness - sensing through ideas of who and what we are with gentleness and questioning. Exploring alive and real-ising ways of sensing our place in the world and in our own hearts. Ways that are more real than the imaginations we and society create.
Meditation Retreat at the Wieserhoisl Collective, Deutschlandsberg, Southern Austria. 12.4.-19.04.2019
Led by Sumedha and Noon
Sumedha (Hannah Bagshaw) grew up in the wilds of the Outer Hebrides. Inspired by this and the Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah tradition she is passionate in exploring our interconnection with nature: the different perspective this creates on ourselves, and the care it brings to how we live in the world.
Sumedha graduated in Comparative Religion from Manchester University in 1997, and spent the next twelve years practicing in the Forest tradition, as a novice and then as a nun. She was based at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries and later Aloka Vihara in California. After disrobing in 2010 she spent a year managing Dharmagiri Hermitage in South Africa with Noon Baldwin and in 2011 they co-founded Ekuthuleni retreat place in France.
The emphasis on living simply, close to the wildness of nature, and on cultivating embodied, connected awareness are all important elements in her practice. They link with cultivating a stability and warmth of heart that enable an ongoing exploration and opening to the unknown - a curiosity in keeping practice alive and real and open to all comers, inside and out.
Costs and Practicals
The Wieserhoisl Collective has invited us to have our retreat at their farm. The collective was founded in 2008 and currently consists of eight adults and three children. They have many different political inititatives and strengthening our inner path fits well with their vision of a solidaritarian society. www.wieserhoisl.at
This retreat is open to beginners in meditation and to those more experienced, and LGBTQI friendly - wishing to open into a safe space for all.
The retreat will be taught in English. We will sleep in tents, we will have vegan meals, and there is room to care about food allergies if necessary.
The participation fee is on a sliding scale between 260-360€, depending on your means and income. In addition, we ask for Dana, a free donation for teachers and organizers.
To register please fill out the Online Registration Form.
Noon Baldwin is an ex circus artist & street performer who retired from the circus in 2004 to dedicate her life to spiritual practice, living in dhamma centers (France & south Africa) & Amaravati monastery, (UK).
She co-created Ekuthuleni rustic retreat place with Sumedha (Hannah Bagshaw).
Ekuthuleni is a back to basics meditation center in the foothills of the french Pyrenees. The emphasis is on meditation & ecological awareness, & bringing these two together. Her main influence is the buddhist tradition of Ajahn Chah , with an interest in all spiritualities, (following retreats & courses with Jaya Ashmore from Open Dharma since 2008). She enjoys how the traditional & open spirituality practices meet as one in her heart. Her varied life experience brings a listening with vibrancy,an alive practice she loves to share.
Connecting with curiosity & energy, with a sense of embodying spiritual practice through in depth body grounding meditations are Noon's fields of exploration. She is transgendered....a two spirit person all in one.