The Mind & Life Europe Retreat, which is led each year by experienced scholar-practitioners, seeks to provide inspiration and tools for integrating our contemplative path with our professional lives more fully.
In August 2023, there will be an in-person retreat connected to the European Summer Research Institute 2023, taking place at The Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Pomaia, Italy, from August 17th – 18th, 2023 (Arrival on the 16th). Find out more here!
Theme for 2023: “Sentience and Responsibility in Critical Times”
Through contemplative and dialogical practices, this year’s in-person retreat will invite participants to explore how their lives, experiences, and innate capacities can provide insights into how they might navigate a world in which challenges abound. Wisdom traditions and science tell us that we are, in fact, inextricably embedded in webs of relationships that at once constitute us and which we ourselves shape. What does it mean to be a human being in these times of uncertainty? How might we balance responsibility for ourselves, for other sentient beings, and for the planet as a whole? How can we cultivate the kindness, clarity, and insight that are necessary to care for life in ways that are sustainable both for ourselves and for the worlds of which we are a part?
The retreat will take place over two days and will include silent and guided meditations, dialogical exercises, journaling, and gentle movement practices. There will be periods of silence throughout our two days together. Since meditation will be a key ingredient of the retreat, younger and/or early-career academics and professionals who have established regular meditation practice are encouraged to apply. The MLE Retreat is open to all, but it is preferable if one has already participated in one or more Mind & Life Institute or Mind & Life Europe events.