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Awami: Spring Sesshin in Bergerac Hub

Written by Valerie – Tenzo and Life Itself Pioneer It was in the community of Life Itself in Bergerac that our zafus settled down to practice and move together to the rhythm of Zazen, cleaning, cooking and eating, and it was in this dynamic movement that we touched the heart (the literal meaning of sesshin).  […]

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Connections Across Communities: MIC camp weekend at the Bergerac Hub

Over the last few days, the Life Itself Bergerac Hub had the pleasure of hosting Les Maisons d’Intelligence Collective (MIC) for one of their twice-yearly retreats or ‘camps’. This group was brought to our attention by Valerie, a pioneer of Life Itself who is also a member of the collective. To briefly explain, the MIC […]

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Collective Wisdom Contemplative Activism Gathering

On Contemplative Activism and a vision of Life Itself

This extract is taken from a session at our Gathering 2020 on Collective Practices. Here, Valerie Duvauchelle summarised what was said and some suggested ideas. This is very much a work in progress, and we invite you too to participate. Contemplative Activism is another name for awakening to s(S)elf, the basis of Life Itself’s vision  […]

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Build it and they will come: Gathering 2020

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” Marianne Williamson Unphased by a health pandemic, our community was unreasonable and responded to our request to connect with new members with the fervency expected of Life Itself […]

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Bergerac Build Festival 2020: More than just bricks and mortar

‘I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect at the building festival, planning to leave the UK during a pandemic felt worrying, however after months of isolation I felt like human connection was truly needed. I can genuinely say that I discovered in the South of France one of the most welcoming and caring communities I […]

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Calling all diggers and dreamers!

Come and help build our new hub in Bergerac! This August, help us transform an underloved farmhouse into a bustling community hub in the beautiful south of France. Moments from the acclaimed Buddhist monastery Plum Village, our Bergerac hub will become a home for the community, complete with accomodation, event space, and garden. But we […]

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La Cheraille

Location La Cheraille, 78120 Sonchamp, France. How to get there La Cheraille is just 35m from Paris by Train (Gare Montparnasse) and easily accessible from major airports. You can find the train timetable link here and detailed instructions below. From Charles De Gaulle Airport You want to buy at ticket from CDG airport to St Remy les […]

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Human // Nature // Stories 29th February 2020

“When we lose our myths we lose our place in the universe” – Madeleine L’Engle Join us at this event curated by our London Hub member Hannah: Human // Nature // Stories. Here she describes the enquiry and why she has put on this event. … Humans have woven stories since the dawn of time. […]

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Reflections on the First Contemplative Activism Gathering (Dec 2019)

Seeing the world as it is. Learning to act and be when we have no ground under our feet The first contemplative activism gathering took place near Kings Lynn, in the beautiful and whimsical West Lexham centre. So what did you do? We met, we talked, we meditated and did some embodied practice together. What actually happened? We found […]

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Contemplative Activism Gathering

The Contemplative Activism Gathering

Art / Earth / Tech is pleased to team with Naresh Giangrande, co-founder of the Transition Town movement to put together the first gathering of a new initiative on contemplative activism.  Here, Naresh, my co-organiser, briefly explains it as: “When a disappointment happens in the environmental movement, we often hear: ‘It’s alright, eventually consciousness is going to change’,… […]