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Active hope for humanity

Nov 25 @ 5:00 pm - Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm GMT

Seeing the dangers confronting humankind these days, we can feel depressed, demoralised and helpless to avert disaster – or even to talk about such feelings. This retreat provides a space not only to talk but to explore an extraordinary sequence of reflections and communal practices that can rekindle an active hope and vision for humanity.

The retreat takes its title from a book called ‘Active Hope’ co-authored by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. Having studied Buddhism, Joanna went on to develop this sequence of exercises and reflections to help us move from despair into an ‘active hope’. Such hope is far more than something vague and passive … more like a vision for humanity, a future to which we can contribute and actively help to bring about.

Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.

What can you expect from the programme?
We will have a varied and engaging programme, beginning each day with meditation. Later
in the day we can explore these special workshop exercises then after lunch there’ll be time
for resting or walking. In the evenings we’ll have time for a more mythic and devotional
approach with talks and rituals. No prior experience will be assumed and all necessary
tuition will be provided. Weather permitting we can have outdoor events too


Nov 25 @ 5:00 pm GMT
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm GMT
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