August 20 @ 6:00 pm - August 23 @ 3:00 pm
Mountains and Waters
16922 Cabot Avenue
Land Care Retreat: Spiritual Practice with the Natural World August 2021
A retreat combining Zen sitting and walking meditation with encounter with the natural world, through outdoor walking meditation and awareness practices, and with an opportunity to give back to the land.
We are still honoring Covid safety, while things evolve. Please feel free to talk with us before registering. If you have limits to energy or mobility, we can probably accommodate them but let’s talk. Number of participants will be limited.
This is a long weekend; you can also register for part of it. Much of the retreat will be on your own in the natural world outdoors, alone or with your group, in one area of focus, where you practice both meditative awareness and periods of work. You will have time to deeply develop your relationship with that space – learning intimacy by being fully present with it, giving and receiving, practicing love. We’ll gather for orientation, shared guidance, optional conversation before and after each period of nature immersion; those gatherings will mostly be on the lawn near the house.
Work areas may be garden, landscaping, orchard, woods, carpentry projects, or even kitchen; you can choose easy, flat, close to the house, or challenging, more remote. You could enter relationship with one of our “difficult” plants such as buckthorn, poison ivy, quackgrass – asking why it is here and how we can come into balance. The house will be available as needed for rest.
Primitive camping is freely available. Up to five people/groups can stay in the house, in widely separated spaces. There will be plenty of handwashing stations, an outdoor composting toilet, and snacks.
All zazen (sitting meditation) will be indoors or out depending on weather (rain, heat, mosquitoes) and on covid situation.
Local people can also commute from home.
Approximate schedule (will adapt to circumstances):
- arrival – 6-7 pm; 5-6 pm if tenting.
- 7-9 Orientation, introductions, zazen
Saturday and Sunday
- 6-7 zazen
- 7-8 breakfast and outdoor “temple cleaning”
- 8-10 short guidance, then walking meditation outdoors
- 10-12 Dharma talk, discussion, zazen
- 12-1 lunch
- 1-4 mindful work
- 4-5 break
- 5-6 zazen
- 6-7 supper outdoors
- 7-9 open sitting and walking meditation
- 6-7 zazen
- 7-8 breakfast and temple cleaning outdoors
- 8-12 combined work and meditation outdoors, in your space
- 12-1 lunch outdoors
- 1-3 brief Dharma talk and discussion; zazen & walking meditation
- 3 closing circle
Registration before August 13 is $40 per day; after August 13th by special arrangement only. Work exchange will be available for people who have volunteered at another time, or who can help set up before or clean up afterward.
Meals and simple accommodations are included. Donations are accepted for teaching; all teachers and organizers are volunteers.
For basic information about coming to the farm, see here.