Retreat: Gandhi and the Gita-Uncovering the Soul of Selfless Action
In this retreat we will call upon a potent legacy of selfless action that models a way to work effectively without burnout, empowering each of us to find our calling and make our best contribution to our families, our communities and our world.
The weekend will alternate periods of study, reflection, and personal relaxation (hiking, yoga, meditation) at one of the country’s most beautiful retreat centers in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains with beloved scholar of Gandhian nonviolence, Professor Michael Nagler.
Together we will dive into and drink at the springs of a highly accessible translation of the foremost spiritual classic of India combined with key works by the person who, more than any other, turned its teachings into a program to gently awaken our shared humanity.
Participants will receive a finalized retreat schedule and materials one month ahead of the retreat but can expect the following:
·The retreat will begin on Friday, December 6 at 4 pm with dinner served at 5:30.
·The retreat will end at 1 pm on Sunday, December 8th with a hearty snack served at 12 pm.
·Periods of meditation and yoga will be integrated into the weekend for those who choose to engage with these practices (a short workshop in Passage Meditation will take place on Friday evening for those who are interested in taking up a meditation practice).
·There will be a total of six 1 to 2 hour sessions in group (including partner and small group study) throughout the weekend, with plenty of time to integrate and explore the natural environment.
Who should attend?
This retreat is ideal for anyone who has a passion for personal and social renewal as well as for anyone interested in learning more about the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. Participants will find inspiration, community and a deepened understanding of the power of nonviolence. All ages, sexes, genders, races, backgrounds, practices and politics are encouraged to attend.
The limit of bodies we can accommodate at this retreat is 20.
How much does it cost?
We suggest a donation to the Metta Center of your choice in addition to paying for your lodging for the weekend. To reserve your space, payment must be received no later than 1 month before the retreat (November 8th).
The Mt. Madonna Center’s food/lodging costs are the following from their website:
Costs are based on the following fees and include accommodations, two delicious vegetarian meals per day, general facilities use, tax, and insurance.
|Own Tent or Vehicle||$50/person/day|
|Dormitory (4-7 to a room or cabin)||$77/person/day|
|Triple (3 to a room or cabin)||$86/person/day|
|Double (2 to a room or cabin)||$99/person/day|
|Double with bath||$109/person/day|
|Single (1 to a room or cabin)||$126/person/day|
|Single with bath||$152/person/day|
Housing is available in both rooms and in cabins.
Rooms are in hotel-style buildings (no phones or TVs in rooms, however). Some rooms include a private bathroom with shower. Others have access to nearby shared (but private while in use) bathrooms and showers.
Cabins are located in a forest grove, and include electricity and heat, but not indoor plumbing. A separate shower house with private shower and dressing rooms, and clean, well-ventilated privies are nearby.
All beds are twin size.
Developed campsites, for your own tent, with good drainage and access to showers and privies, are available year round. Please be aware that we can receive significant amounts of rain from November through May.
Various spots are available for your van, camper or other vehicle. Some have access to electricity, but no other hookups. Showers and restrooms are available in campground.
All meals are strictly vegetarian. The Mt. Madonna kitchen staff regularly works with guest groups to plan menus that will fit each group’s tastes with highest quality, delicious, fresh, lovingly prepared and presented foods. Gluten free and vegan options abound.
Payments are required no later than 1 month ahead of the retreat.
The best way to submit a payment is by check to
The Metta Center for Nonviolence
Box 98, Petaluma, CA 94953.
Any amount over the lodging fees is considered a donation to support the work of the Metta Center.