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 2020 *

 

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 Noon 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 have been delighted to be able to offer some retreats in 2020 with retreatants here at Ekuthuleni as well as online options. 
The next retreat 30 Dec - 3 Jan 2021 will be online, and then in spring we fully hope to be able to offer some more retreats in the beautiful nature here at Ekuthuleni...with an online possibility as well for those who wish.
 
We are updating the site regularly to offer what and how we can.....please keep checking!

 

 

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

Ajahn Chah

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 12noon French time with Sumedha and Noon.

Zoom link:

 https://us04web.zoom.us/j/885573144 
Meeting id: 885 573 144
Vivre L'instant Présent - Format:10 places available at Ekuthuleni; online option also available
thurs 25th - mon 29 june 2020
Guided by Ajahn Sundara (in French)

In the beautiful natural setting of Ekuthuleni we will practice some of the teachings of the Forest Tradition. We will have the opportunity to explore, with a gentle and warm approach, the benefits of awareness and to taste life as it is - in the present moment. 

10 places at Ekuthuleni with teachings via Zoom - also available for retreatants to join online

GUIDED AND SILENT MEDITATIONS - DHARMA TALKS - ONE TO ONE MEETINGS

Weaving Wildness: Embodying Practice
fri 24 - fri 31 july 2020
Guided by Noon and Sumedha
Rooting back into our capacity for awareness, embodied and heartful presence we will explore how practice can really enter our lives.   Can we loosen our grasping, taste the joy and sanity, connected responsiveness, that comes from sensing our deep interconnection with life?   Vital always, and especially in this time of planetary crisis, we embark on this journey of coming back home together.

DHAMMA TEACHINGS - GUIDED MEDITATIONS - SILENT MEDITATIONS - CONTEMPLATIVE WALKING

Real Roots in Abundance
fri 14 - thurs 20 august 2020
Led by Noon and Sumedha
How often do we relate in our lives from a sense of lack?  What effect does this have?  This retreat will help us to listen underneath all these voices and touch our real roots in abundance.  It will help us to explore our deep interconnectedness, our sense of self and our responses in the world...​

DHAMMA TEACHINGS - GUIDED MEDITATIONS - SILENT MEDITATIONS - CONTEMPLATIVE WALKING

Touching our Kindness (format to be confirmed)
fri 4 - mon 7 september
Led by Ajahn Candasiri
The Buddha taught taught that the four 'Brahmaviharas' – divine abidings – are boundless qualities and pathways of profound transformation and freedom. They are woven through our capacity for awareness or presence in a way that keeps our journey of freedom heartful and connected, guiding us as we meet our lives.  

SILENT AND GUIDED MEDITATIONS _ DHARMA TALKS - ONE TO ONE MEETINGS

past retreats

Retraites à ekuthuleni

"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

Retraites à ekuthuleni

CONTACT :
Toute l'année : ekuthuleni.retreat@gmail.com 
Avril - Novembre : +33 (0) 60223 0532    +33 (0) 604485012
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