July 9th – 12th 2020

We are very sorry to tell you that this retreat has now been cancelled because of the COVID-19 situation.

Touched by This World –

The Power of Connection, Contemplation and Action – with Kirsten Kratz

Nourishing our courage for the great adventure of global justice and ecological renewal.

Opening to the challenges of our times can feel overwhelming. It  requires us to keep  stretching  our hearts, to challenge and take a stance. Living in these times can be seen as an burden or as an  invitation to cultivate and bring forth the very best in us, to honour and celebrate  the beautiful potential of being truly human. What can nourish and sustain us on this journey, allowing us to more fully express our love and deep  care for this world?

During our time together , we will explore these themes, drawing upon meditation practices from the Western Insight Meditation Tradition, alongside guided group processes from the “Work That Reconnects” by Joanna Macy. The retreat will be held in silence with opportunities to share, inspire and support each other in our yearning for a more just and sustainable world.

The Cost

For dormitory accommodation, including bedlinen, towels, use of the facilities etc and vegetarian food (organic where possible) & refreshments, and a contribution toward Kirsten’s travel expenses is £220. The teachings will be offered on a donation basis (Dana) and are not included in the price of the retreat.

Kirsten is giving her time, energy and wisdom freely. You will have the opportunity to show your appreciation of this at the end of the retreat, when you will be able to make a donation.

To offer and receive without a price helps us to cultivate trust in life and to connect with generosity as a spiritual value.

How to register

To register please email Sharon Grattan (via the box below);  she will answer you by sending a booking form for you to complete and return and advise you about how to pay the (non-refundable, non-transferable) deposit of £110 to secure your place (the balance is due three weeks before the start of the retreat).

KIRSTEN KRATZ has practised Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. She started teaching in 2006. Currently she supports those on long term personal retreat in Gaia House. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time. She is co-initiator of the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement: DANCE. In recent years, as one way to highlight the lack of appropriate responses to the unfolding climate emergency,  mass extinction and environmental  degradation,  Kirsten felt  called to get involved in nonviolent actions of civil disobedience in  Germany and the UK.

You can contact Sharon Grattan (who is kindly organising this retreat for us) and visit the Gaia House and DANCE websites via the links below. You can also contact Sharon on 0789 553 4311, if you prefer.

Read More about DANCE
Visit the Gaia House Website
Email Sharon Grattan to register your interest