Touching our Belonging
Led by Noon & Sumedha
Wednesday 17 to Monday 22 July 2019
Investigating our human condition leads us to see our intrinsic interconnectedness with nature and all that lives, while learning to listen deeply to the process of life unfolding within and around us brings us back in touch with the natural wisdom that so often gets clouded by the fears and desires in our minds.
Through practicing practising in nature, we can allow ourselves to slow down, touch the earth and settle and deepen beneath the trees and sky. With support of the Buddha's teaching we experience more deeply the profound effect nature has on us, as well as the effect we have on nature. We can learn to live in greater harmony, with ourselves, with one another, and with the world around us.
We can taste a space of wisdom within and perhaps allow it to let us grow - like the trees - in stillness, aliveness and connection.
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.
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 Bagshaw. Ekuthuleni is a back to basics meditation center in the foothills of the french Pyrennees. 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 traditionnal & open spiritualiy 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 curiosty & 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
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Each retreat has a small reservation fee, covering the very basic costs of the retreat such as food, gas, water. We are a non profit organisation and for all other costs (teachers, travel for teachers, managers and ongoing Ekuthuleni costs) we depend on donations.
It is this way of participation and generosity that really keeps the Dharma rolling, as in dharma centers all over the world!