Date: 7th – 9th July

Retreat Leader: Paul Wielgus

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

Cost: Generosity ModelDonation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no set amount)

Format: Onsite & Online. Please note you will still need to book a place if attending online.

Start & Finish Times: A schedule will be shared closer to the time.

Accommodation: Land of Joy wishes for everyone who visits the centre to feel welcome, accepted, safe and secure. Our accommodation options are very limited, with mostly single sex shared accommodation and only one single room (which is sometimes needed by volunteers). This means single accommodation can only be offered to those who need it the most, but still won’t always be available. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Please read the relevant sections of the booking form carefully.

About the Weekend

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.

In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Viktor Frankl: ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’

In the face of the Climate and Ecological Emergencies, and the widening impact of increased anxiety at every level of society, there has emerged a growing realisation that the remedies lie less in “what can we do about it”, and more in “how can we most skilfully and effectively respond to it.”

This weekend retreat and workshop is designed to cultivate our individual and collective capacity and skills to face, embrace, respond to, and transform our experience of these difficult times

The workshop will include meditations, discussions and practical exercises and tools to better resource ourselves. We will cultivate individual and collective capacity through the powerful integration of Mindfulness, Embodied Compassion and Active Hope practices.

This combination enables RECONNECTION with ourselves, each other and with nature/the world we live in.

Participants will go away with improved inner balance, self confidence, motivation and thus better able to respond skilfully and effectively.

The inclusion of ‘Active Hope’ practices based on Joanna Macy’s world famous ‘Work That Reconnects’ offers participants the real opportunity to navigate between despair and denial, and so cultivate agency, thereby finding the ability to respond skilfully and create positive change.

About the Teacher

Eco-Dharma Cultivating Resilience & Skillful Response Practices for Difficult Times (On-Line) 7th-9th July

Paul combines his Buddhist and secular mindfulness and compassion teaching with Eco-Dharma practices such as Joanna Macy’s ‘Work That Reconnects’. He is a Buddhist practitioner and teacher of nearly 30 years, has a Masters in Action Inquiry and Sustainability from Bath University, is MBSR teacher trained, Work that Reconnects trained, and studied Secular Dharma at Bodhi College with Stephen Bachelor.

His working career involved mindfulness and sustainability based coaching and leadership development, on an international scale, working for organisations, NGOs and charities based in Europe, USA and Africa.

He lives in Somerset with his partner Ros, a familiar face at Land of Joy, and their unruly Persian cat, Oliver.

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As we don’t receive any subsidies from other organisations we rely solely on the kind generosity of others. If you would like to make a donation to help us cover our considerable monthly costs (including via an online bank transfer or postal cheque), please choose the amount you would like to offer using the form below (or enter a custom amount), click ‘Donate’, then choose a payment method and provide all the details we require to process your donation. Your generosity will help us continue to offer beneficial services to yourself and others.

You may also like to make a regular contribution to the centre by becoming a Branch of Joy. This kind of support gifts us a steady and ongoing income, which in turn provides the confidence and means for us to continue to flourish for many years to come.

Thank you and may you be happy.


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