Tree planting can be a deeply spiritual act with the potential to transform ourselves as well as the landscape around us. Over this long weekend, we’ll explore how Buddhist teachings can open our heart to connection with the natural world and each other, deepening the learning and joy to be found in the work of regenerating the woodlands of Dartmoor.
The retreat team
Suryamani combines her practise of Buddhism within Triratna with her Druidic practise which particularly includes a love of trees and their role as spiritual friends and guardians. Inspired by Buddhafield she regularly leads Yatras (walking meditation and camping retreats) in East Anglia along ancient trackways. She has a love of nature-based ritual and meditation which connects us with our environment, one another and our highest and deepest ideals.
Julia Wallond is a trained mindfulness teacher (MBCT and MBSR) and a student on the “Community Dharma Leader” programme with Gaia House retreat centre, mentored by Catherine McGee. She has facilitated work retreats at the Centre of Alternative Technology using material from Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects” and has a deep love of the natural world.
What to expect
The programme will include meditation, simple rituals and periods of silence. As a working retreat, you’ll need a modest level of physical fitness to take part in this event. All participants are encouraged to find a pace of work that suits them.
The event will start with dinner at 6.30 pm on Thursday and finish at about 3pm on Sunday.
The cost includes accommodation, meals and refreshments, and a donation to a local tree planting charity. If you would like to come but cannot afford the concessionary rate, please contact us.