This retreat provides a precious opportunity for renewal around the new year. Meditation, reflexion, celebration… come and taste this special passage with us. Taught in French, translation available.
Winter Meditation Retreat
The meditation, the society and the art of conversation that makes a difference
Meditation is our inner laboratory for developing the strength and the courage to live together, to open up to the richness and diversity of the world, and to face the suffering that is part of it. By “Smiling at Fear” and developing our gratitude towards life, we learn to replace denial or violence with curiosity, appreciation, and wisdom. We can use the mind of meditation to open up to others, maintain compassion, and speak from the heart.
A personal practice, to be shared without moderation
The Shambhala Principle of Goodness: In Shambhala, we regard meditation practice as having the power to not only allow us regain the positive view of our own “goodness” and thereby also of the goodness of everybody else, but most importantly to enable us to rediscover the potential of “goodness” of society itself.
What shall we do?
This retreat is on the one hand a time to deepen our individual meditation practice – for beginners and more seasoned practitioners alike -, but also an occasion for each participant to experience the connection between the personal transformation that meditation induces, and the societal, ecological and humane transitions, the most burning challenges that humanity faces in this era.
The mornings will be in silence and dedicated to the practice of and the teachings on mindfulness meditation and awakened heart meditation. We will have alternating periods of sitting and outdoor walking meditation in nature. And, there will be the chance for some physical exercise each morning to start the day.
In the afternoons, we’ll explore our desire to benefit the world by together creating an environment that cherishes “conversations that matter”. We will familiarize ourselves with the methods of “the art of hosting”, which is a combination of procedures that invite people to explore and refine their own dearest desires and projects, but also by relating them to the projects of others and the changes and transformations that we would like to see in society.
In conversations – more than in any other form of human interaction – we learn, we share ideas, we offer resources, and we create new things and ways.
A good conversation opens our eyes and ears.
A good conversation resonates and continues in our heads and hearts during the day.
You continue to develop with it even on the next day. The resonance that follows heightens our consciousness.
Your mind and your heart have been touched.
The Shambhala Principle, Sakyong Mipham
Discovering humanity’s hidden treasure
Harmony Books, 2013
« We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: We can either destroy the world or create a good future…
Le principe Shambhala propose d’adopter un point de vue de la bonté fondamentale pour faire face aux défis personnels et sociaux auxquels nous sommes confrontés. Avons-nous confiance en la bonté primordiale de l’humanité et de la société ? »
Smile at fear, Chögyam Trungpa
Publié sous le titre : Le Sourire du courage
« En nous invitant à puiser à même notre courage, la peur nous signale les défis que nous sommes prêts à relever et nous amène à nous dépasser. Elle trace ainsi la voie vers une véritable ouverture, tant à nous-mêmes qu’au monde. En ce sens, le véritable courage ne consiste pas à ignorer la peur mais à savoir la transformer. »
L’Art of Hosting : an art that takes practice and care
But this is more than a suite of methods – it is also a practice. We call it The Art of Hosting, because it is an art to become skillful at helping ourselves and others work well together, especially in these times of increasing complexity. We talk about hosting, because what is offered here is not a typical facilitation or moderated session. It gives attention and care to all aspects of people’s work together, intending to host them in being successful, just as any person welcoming guests will make sure they have everything they need to make their visit fruitful.
The Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter takes into account the whole process – all the preparations before the participants come together, what happens while they are working together, and how the results of their conversation – the ‘harvest’ – support next steps that are coherent for their purpose and context.
This program is taught in French. English translation will be available upon request.
Arrival day (December 27): Orientation talk at 8 pm. You’re invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.
End of program (January 3): Closing circle and Banquet in the evening
Departure day (January 4): You may leave anytime (no program). You’re welcome to stay for lunch.