Retreat in the heart of life (details)

//Retreat in the heart of life (details)

Retreat in the heart of life (details)

In response to a number of questions about the coming retreat in the heart of life (Feb. 14-19, see earlier posting), here are some details and explanations:

You do this « retreat » wherever you are. If you can and want to sit with others, please come and join us. But coming to those sittings is not required; anyone can participate wherever they are (someone may be in Sri Lanka, another in Mozambique, another London, another Montmartre, others Montreuil, Porto, etc.).

The idea is to be « on retreat » during the week, whatever you’re doing, and wherever you are. Few people will probably do all the sittings – including me, perhaps. That’s not important. We sit when we can, where we can, and we are all doing « together » what each of us needs to do « individually » throughout the day.

We can all/each have in mind that we are practicing together, even if physically we’re not together, even if we may not sit when the others sit, we know there’s sitting going on and practice going on every moment that week (and always, of course). We’re always in the heart of our own practice.

I’ll try to post daily « teachings » here. And if you’re participating (or if you’re not), please add your comments of how the week is going for you.

Despite the unconventional set-up, I’m asking people to « sign up » anyway, as a way of providing « structure » for us all. No fees, any donations accepted with gratitude.

By | 2015-10-08T17:34:22+01:00 février 4th, 2011|Retraites au coeur de la vie|10 Comments

About the Author:

Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.


  1. Tu es cela 13 février 2011 at 23 h 12 min - Reply

    Added you, too, Tiago, and an email is on its way.

  2. Tiago 13 février 2011 at 21 h 09 min - Reply

    I’m signing up too from England! 🙂

  3. Tiago 13 février 2011 at 21 h 06 min - Reply

    I’m signing up too from England! 🙂

  4. Tu es cela 12 février 2011 at 11 h 05 min - Reply

    OK, I added you and an email is coming your way. Indeed, the participants are numberless!

  5. little lake 12 février 2011 at 9 h 39 min - Reply

    i am recovering after an accident for several weeks now.
    i felt this whole period as a retreat. But this is a beatifull idea. And it is not even only an idea. You can count me in.
    Earlier i felt like everything was included in my sesshin. Egypt, the sun shining marvelous or not, a friend a the other side of the world in emotional pain, another one having her first baby… the birds singing again – It is even more than those who sign up?

  6. Tu es cela 10 février 2011 at 13 h 10 min - Reply

    Merveilleux Marlene! I’m happy to know you’ll be there in beautiful Lisbon and I’ll be there with you.

  7. Marlene-Lisboa, Portugal 10 février 2011 at 11 h 41 min - Reply

    Je serais assise en sachant que nous sommes "all together now"… merci Amy

  8. Tu es cela 7 février 2011 at 23 h 20 min - Reply

    OK, Claire. I’ll add you to the list. A group email will be coming soon, so everyone knows who is sitting where. Although of course the sitting going on transcends space and time, so none of us can possibly know everyone sitting everywhere. Or, we might say that we ARE everyone sitting everywhere…

  9. claire 7 février 2011 at 17 h 55 min - Reply

    Signing up too. Will be sitting in Corsica. Thanks Amy Sensei 😉

  10. David 6 février 2011 at 8 h 30 min - Reply

    Okido, I’m signing up! 🙂

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