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A time to share dhamma, to follow one's own schedule & a moment of log cabin/ open air community life. The warmth of summer, (or wood stoves in wintertime) & human hearts, nestled on a sunlit plateau in a wild valley, leading into endless hills of peaceful forests. A coming back to basics,to a simple way of living: emptying the compost, chopping veg etc, times for sharings, dhamma dialogues & one-to-ones with Sumedha & Noon as needed. The days will be silent with plenty of time for meditation.

 

We will meditate together as a group in silence at the first morning meditation & the last of the day with some chanting. The rest of the day there will be scheduled meditation times of 45mns each which you are free to join or not. You can meditate all day if you wish.... In between the first & last meditation you are also free to choose how to use your time, within the boundaries of  retreat centered activities of course. Here are some examples: walking meditation, listening to dhamma talks with headphones in the kitchen area or out in the sun ,reading,long walks in the hills ( possibility to take your lunch in a tupperware & be alone out in nature), writing, drawing, poetry, gardening...

 As well as offering guidance as needed, Noon & Sumedha will share some dhamma talks & guided meditations. We enjoy creating an alive safe space for people to explore & process whatever comes up. Sometimes we will go on silent contemplative walks in the hills together, &/or a silent walk on a full moon night.  

Please note this retreat will be followed by the possibility of staying on and participating in an activity retreat, meditating and eco building together - see the page ‘Mud & Meditation’ 22 - 26 August.  Please let us know if you would like to participate in both.

Still Forest Pools

(with Noon and Sumedha) French and English

Friday 13th - Thursday 19th August

 

To book contact us on ekuthuleni.retreat@gmail.com

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Noon Baldwin

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Sumedha

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PAST RETREATS PICTURES

An example of the timings:

    * 6.30 wake up

    * 7    group meditation ( 45mns)

    * 8   Breakfast

    * 9   Community participation ( veggie chop, cleaning, wood chop, gathering kindling, emptying compost toilets etc)

    * 10   Meditation in dhamma hall (45mns) for those who wish

    * 12    Meditation in Dhamma hall (45mns) for those who wish

    * 12.45  Lunch     end of silence until evening meditation.

    * 14.30 Meditation in dhamma hall (45mns ) for those ....

    * 16.30 Meditation in dhamma hall (45mns) for those....

    * 17.15 Fire on in bathroom for showers

    * 19.15  Supper time

    * 20     evening group meditation

Practicals
Booking

 € 380, please pay € 180 to reserve your place which covers food, insurance, (water, in summer), cooking gas, firewood (in winter), general running costs.

 

Please pay the remaining € 200 on arrival day for the cooks salary (or contact us if you wish to pay this in advance).. Retreatants are invited to offer dana to Noon & Sumedha at the end of the retreat for one to one meetings, dhamma talks, guided meditations & the general management of the retreat.

Cost

Sumedha & Noon will cook lunch & supper, retreatants will share breakfast preparation, veggie prepping, cleaning , washing up etc on a rotational basis of about 45mns per day.

 

Sumedha & Noon will manage these retreats by shopping, taking your washing to town, pickups to & from the station, etc; there will be no journeys to town for the retreatants giving you the full potential to go deep into your practices.