The World We Plant
A Wake Up Retreat on Permaculture and Right Livelihood for young people
26th April – 24th May 2014
“Right livelihood has ceased to be a purely personal matter. It is our collective karma.” Thich Nhat Hanh
A month in the garden. A month in Nature. A month in Community. A month of Learning and Sharing.
With our world in transition and our economy in transformation, reflecting on our interaction with and contribution to
the world is more important than ever. Many of us have a sense of urgency when it comes to making a change and creating
a world we all want to live in. This can bring a lot of stress, anxiety and overwhelming feelings; there is so much
One of the factors leading to happiness according to the fourth noble truth the Buddha shared with us is
Right Livelihood. Practicing Right Livelihood means engaging in work that benefits us, others and the world around
us. When we see that our work is meaningful and makes us contribute, it can bring us a lot of happiness.
‘Right Livelihood is a question of ethics and how to produce well-being, not only for ourselves but for all those affected
by our work – directly or indirectly’ according to Thich Nhat Hanh. Looking into the questions of why are we here?
(on this earth, at this workplace, these studies?) What is our contribution? How can we work together? we will try to
find out how the practice of mindfulness can help us thrive instead of drown, see possibilities instead of focusing only
on what is going wrong, find our own talents and learn to trust in them. Because the way we support ourselves can be
an expression of our deepest self.
Permaculture understands nature, and thus also a garden, as a whole system, in which all elements have their
contribution to make. Are you ready to come explore the wonders and wisdom of Permaculture gardening with us?
We will learn about how to apply the wisdom of natural ecosystems to cultivating plants in harmony with nature, and
how to practice with these insights in our lives, our communities as well as in the garden of our heart. We will practice
stopping, dwelling in the wonderful present moment, taking our time and doing everything in mindfulness: walking,
sitting, eating, working, relaxing, having fun playing in the garden and becoming aware of all the wonderful conditions
that support life in us and around us.
We will also learn to look at our own life and all the elements that come together to create what we are living right
here, right now. Is this what we really want? Is this what the world needs? What seeds can we water more, which ones
should we be careful with? During the retreat we want to look into these questions.
“The garden reminds us that how we are in our lives is up to us. When we garden with mindfulness, every time we
breathe in, we will know we are breathing in. Every time we breathe out, we will know we are breathing out. In this
way, we are fully ourselves.”-Thich Nhat Hanh from the Foreword, Mindfulness in the Garden
We will have the opportunity to learn from the wisdom of experienced Permaculture teachers, listen to Dharma Talks by
the monks and nuns of Plum Village, as well as learning from each other’s love, insights and collective experience.
Dear friend, who is reading these lines…
You are welcome.