Explorations and Mindfulness on the Nature of Wangapeka
Aug 21 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 3:00 pm
Explorations and Mindfulness. Meditations on the Nature of Wangapeka
A weekend retreat with John Massey
Friday August 21st 5pm – Sunday 23rd August 3pm
The intent or purpose of this retreat is both simple and multidimensional. Here is yet another opportunity to focus on the foundational practises of Compassion, Wisdom and Non-clinging Awareness through this eternal relationship between ourselves and the natural world we inhabit. We can develop compassion for All Life and all life forms and so overcome the tendency to like just what we like!
The ‘Book’ of nature is the greatest book. Antonio Gaudi said ” nature is a book, read it”!
It is also a great skill to develop the senses so they have the ability to allow impressions of nature to ‘touch oneself’ on deep and lasting levels. Such ‘touching’ could be said to be at the root of healing or becoming more whole, as in being non separated from our true natural essence. To assist this healing and becoming more whole, we will use some mysterious practises that sometimes seem alien to 21st century living.
Simple practices such as slowing down, developing stillness, becoming more mindful and noticing the amazingly intricate wonder and beauty of nature. As we slow down and develop more stillness we naturally become more curious and more interested in the life around us. As I write this the world of humans is full of uncertainty and fear. I believe these moments are opportunities to re-immerse ourselves in more simplified ways of living and in the ‘corner’ of the earth we might call our garden or our home. No previous experience of any kind is needed, just a willingness to be present and to be deeply interested in life.
For more information please contact the course manager Graham Sandlant firstname.lastname@example.org
Inclusive of accommodation, food, and a cooks fee, but does not include dana/koha for John:
About John Massey
Much more recently and as I get older, gardening has become not only a place of doing, but also a place of non-doing.
In non-doing I become more of the silent watcher or observer. I become more attuned to other lives and let them ‘touch’ me, in sense.
This ‘work’ is never ending. It is a realm that is specifically available to the young or the aged, but not necessarily so.
When I sense there is deep interest in connecting to the natural world, I love to; in a true gardening way, cultivate that interest.
Wangapeka through its many years of mindfulness practises is a perfect place to cultivate more mindfulness of the natural world.
Discovering the rich ‘ gardenness’ of Wangapeka while being on retreat or by giving Dana to the land ( over many years) has helped to give me more insight into the world outside of Wangapeka, opening windows to the gardens of the earth. This is the essence of my work.
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