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Retreats & Programme

Rooted in the the buddhist teachings, especially the Forest meditation tradition of Ajahn Chah, we are inspired by nature, inner and outer. We offer meditation and eco retreats with many ways to explore and open.

Our retreats are holistic, helping us to be present and connected in body and mind. Re-minding us of our intimate links with the natural world, they are nourished also by sustainable living.

 
* Retreat Schedule 2021 *

 

If you have a question or to book contact: ekuthuleni.retreat@gmail.com
Please note: during the time of the coronavirus and beyond we will be offering an online meditation every tuesday at 7.30PM French time
link to join : https://us04web.zoom.us/j/885573144 
Meeting ID: 885 573 144
 
As we have so much open space and a large meditation hall with no walls, we do fully intend to offer retreats in 2021 with retreatants here in the beautiful nature at Ekuthuleni (health situation permitting).
 
We will also offer some online options for those who wish and shift to online fully if needed. Please keep checking the website or contact us on ekuthuleni.retreat@gmail.com.
 
We are updating the site regularly to offer what and how we can.....please keep checking!

 

Retraites à ekuthuleni

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Ascending Together!
Friday 28 May - Tuesday 1 June
a Sangha retreat with Sumedha and Noon  French & English

This will be a time for gathering and sharing energy to celebrate Sangha and prepare Ekuthuleni for the upcoming season.  A moment to meditate and work together in the spirit of sharing dharma practice. It is a drop in retreat so you are welcome to come for some or all of the days.

SILENT & GUIDED MEDITATIONS - SANGHA - MEDITATING & SERVING TOGETHER - OPEN AIR

Retraites à ekuthuleni

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Retraite de marche contemplative avec mantras & chants sacrés.
Vendredi 25 - Mercredi 29 Juin
Avec Noon & Sumedha en français with English translation as needed 

Marcher tranquillement ensemble en fil indienne: une méditation en soi.

Des pauses en pleine nature pour la méditation guidée ou en silence , pour partager des poèmes, pour déjeuner...Retour à Ekuthuleni l’après midi - goûter les joies de vivre simplement en Sangha.

MEDITATIONS SILENCEUSES ET GUIDEES - ENSEIGNEMENTS DU DHARMA - MARCHES CONTEMPLATIVES - CHANTS SACREES - EN PLEINE NATURE

Retraites à ekuthuleni

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O Sweet Release!
Tuesday 20 - Sunday 25 July
with Sumedha & Noon English - at Ekuthuleni with online option available also

 In this retreat, we'll look into & experiment with getting in touch with freedoms already in our heart-mind-bodies, practicing with the ‘Seven Factors of Enlightenment’, making friends with the natural qualities already present in us, giving ease, belonging & love some place to be.  Becoming familiar with what it feels like to taste the absence of stress, anger, grasping...Not avoiding the difficulties but finding our steadiness that can then hold and meet them differently.

SILENT & GUIDED MEDITATIONS - DHARMA TALKS - ONE TO ONE’S - CONTEMPLATIVE WALKING - OPEN AIR

Retraites à ekuthuleni

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Still Forest Pools
Friday 13th - Thursday 19th August
a Sangha retreat with Sumedha and Noon  French & English

Solitary retreat in community. A time to share dhamma, to follow one's own schedule & a moment of log cabin/ open air community life.  Finding one’s own practice, in community, with support as needed.

SILENT MEDITATION - NATURE - SOLO TIME - COMMUNITY - GUIDED MEDITATIONS & ONE TO ONE’S AS NEEDED

Retraites à ekuthuleni

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Mud & Meditation
Sunday 22 - Thursday 26th August
With Sumedha and Noon  French & English

This retreat will offer a brew of: quiet times, meditations (guided & silent), dhamma talks, introduction to eco-building with mud, individual sessions with the teachers for sharings the joys & insights of spiritual practice, & receiving help to grow through the knots of life.

SILENT & GUIDED MEDITATIONS - SANGHA - MEDITATING & SERVING TOGETHER

Retraites à ekuthuleni

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Activity Retreat Period at Ekuthuleni
15 - 30 September and 10 - 22 October
With Noon and Sumedha  French & English

This informal retreat style is an invitation to participate in the practice and daily life at Ekuthuleni.  We will share silent and guided meditations together,  times of working (on the eco project) and quiet times in the beautiful nature here.  An opportunity for practice alone and in supportive community, in stillness and in activity, in silence and also with speaking.

SILENT & GUIDED MEDITATIONS - ALONE TIME AND COMMUNITY - ONE TO ONES

CONTACT: ekuthuleni.retreat @Gmail.com

Retraites à ekuthuleni

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Crackling Leaves: Solitary Retreats Together.
Friday 22 - Friday 29 October.
French & English

Solitary retreats together.  A time to share dhamma, to follow one's own schedule & a moment of log cabin community life. In silence with one to one's

SILENT MEDITATION - NATURE - SOLO TIME - COMMUNITY - GUIDED MEDITATIONS & ONE TO ONE’S AS NEEDED

Retraites à ekuthuleni

Spoken language
 

Retreats are offered in English or in French with translation on certain retreats

Spiritual influences
 

Also, rooted as we are in buddhist teachings, we are inspired by many different paths and invite participation from people of all faiths and spiritual leanings

 

Throughout the season

 

  • solitary practice: we can co- create a structure that works for you and for us, with more or less silence/ engagement

  • activity retreats for individuals: living and participating in the daily rhythm of life, including daily sittings and regular guided meditations. This year we wish to finish the renovation of the meditation hall and dining shelter. You are most welcome to come and give a hand from May to October, learning rustic and eco building skills, helping with the garden.

  • locals: you are welcome to come and join our morning and evening meditations. From May to October on Wednesdays we offer a guided meditation - you can also contact us about retreat days or weekends.

 

 

 

Scheduled guided retreats
 

Our retreats are silent apart from the activity retreats where there are times of speaking.

 

  • sitting retreats

  • contemplative walking retreats

  • group activity retreats 

  • chanting retreats

 

TYPES OF RETREATS

Guided retreats are facilitated by Noon and Sumedha or by teachers who inspire and resonate with the vision of Ekuthuleni. In the last few years this has included especially nuns (and ex nuns) of the forest tradition and teachers from Nirodha in Finland,  as well as Jaya from Open Dharma.

TEACHERS AT EKUTHULENI

TUESDAY GUIDED MEDITATIONS

 

Every Tuesday at 19.30 French time with Sumedha and Noon.

Zoom link:

 https://us04web.zoom.us/j/885573144 
Meeting id: 885 573 144
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"resting and renewal" - Online retreats
WEDS 30 Dec (evening) - Sun 3 Jan 2021 (Lunchtime) 
With Noon & Sumedha

A new year's meditation retreat to refresh and discover our hidden possibilities.  Online and yet very connected - 3 guided live sessions a day, plus group meetings and opportunities for one to one meetings with Noon or Sumedha.  Offered via the zoom platform - keeping the tech side simple.

DHAMMA TEACHINGS - GUIDED MEDITATIONS - SILENT MEDITATIONS - CONTEMPLATIVE WALKING

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Fundraiser, Celebration and blessing​ (online DAY of Practice)
Saturday 1 May​

We will be gathering on Saturday 1 May 2021 for a fundraiser/ celebration and blessing of Ekuthuleni!  Deep gratitude to all of the teachers who will be participating and also to all of you who wish to attend, bringing your presence and energy.   A day of abundance! With Thanissara & Kittisaro, Jaya Asmore, Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Santacitta

GUIDED MEDITATIONS - SANGHA - DHARMA TALKS -  SEE EKUTHULENI!  - CONNECTING MEDITATION,  ECOLOGY & SIMPLICITY

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"If it isn't good let it die. If it doesn't die, make it good."

Ajahn Chah