The Community Experience Programme (CEP) is the way for you to experience a taste of living as part of the Osho Leela community.
The Community Experience Programme (CEP) is the way for you to experience actually living in our community with a focus on your inner process. We offer a programme, initially on a week-by-week basis, for a maximum of 3 months.
As well as it being a stand alone programme it is also a first step towards possibly living at Leela longer term. We work mornings and afternoons doing house-care (cleaning and tidying), cooking, building, maintenance or gardening.
During the week there are 3 compulsory meditations a day, plus a variety of optional sessions in the evenings, and a chance to join in with workshops on weekends. You have one day off per week. Wednesdays are “Community Days” (see later).
Whilst you’re on CEP you will stay in a dorm with other CEP participants of the same gender. There are two longer-term community members overseeing the programme – Tarisha and Svabhavo. They are supported by Dhyanesh and Iris, both of whom are available on a daily basis to answer any questions or just to chat.
The CEP is a gently-held program. Like most Osho centres we see our community as a supportive environment to go deeper into finding out who we are.
There are weekly sharings, and the CEP leaders will support and encourage you to overcome internal barriers that block you being more fully yourself.
Most long-term Leela residents have been closely involved with the Osho Humaniversity – a therapeutic community in Holland created by Veeresh. Our focus is to go deeper in self-awareness, love, and friendship.
New participants on the CEP often tell us that they find life here pretty “full on” emotionally. Please check in with yourself that you’re OK with this, prior to applying.
Often people come to Leela and they find that being in this environment brings their negative conditioning and limiting self beliefs to the surface. This can cause inner conflict. It can be that just being here working and doing the daily meditations does not resolve this. In these cases we suggest participation in inhouse workshops that involve expression and release to give you tools for going deeper into self awareness, supporting life in community.
The Osho Leela Community Experience Program is a powerful, intense and potentially life-changing way to become a more open, loving and authentic person.
The CEP costs £30 a week or £5 a day. This includes food and dormitory accommodation. The cost is payable in advance to secure your place on the programme. This money is non-transferable and non-refundable. The CEP is sometimes not available during Festivals, or over Christmas, but otherwise runs for the rest of the year.
Arrival & Staying On
For your first time on CEP you would need to arrive on a Monday, between 10am and 4pm. Please be aware that the CEP begins as a one week program, after which we review how suitable it is for you.
When you leave on a Monday morning, after your time on CEP, we ask that you have left by 10am so that the house can continue with its working day.
(If you are starting a week of CEP immediately following taking part in one of our events which ends on a Sunday, you will need to pay for an overnight stay before the start of your CEP week).
There is the possibility to stay on for a longer time, depending on a number of factors. This can be discussed during your time at Leela.
The maximum stay on CEP is 3 months, after which you can apply to join the Team Leader Programme (TLP), learning how to lead meditations, hold space, and oversee work projects.
A Typical Week-day:
07.00 – Morning Meditation
08.00 – Showers and breakfast
09.00 – Morning Meeting (Dancing and hugging). We then gather in a circle to appreciate new arrivals and anyone leaving, and we finish with a group “power move.”
09.15 – Work
10.40 – Coffee break
11.00 – Work
12.30 – Vipassana Meditation
13.00 – Lunch followed by dishes then a break
15.00 – Work
16.30 – CEP tea break
17.00 – Work
18.00 – Evening Meditation or Session
19.00 – Dinner followed by dishes
20.30 – Optional evening session or free time.
At the weekend, Leela usually hosts workshops or other events. There is often the opportunity to attend some sessions during there events and this is a great time to meet new people and make further connections. Please review our calendar to see which groups will be on whilst you’re on CEP!
Wednesday is our regular community day. This is a day when community relating is the priority. The day begins with everyone doing a short version of the Humaniversity AUM Meditation. This lasts one and a half hours and is a full-on interactive group process. Click here to see a short video about the AUM.
We then have a “Big” breakfast together, followed by sharing as a community or in smaller groups (CEPs, Core Group, etc.)
In the afternoon we generally do some sort of community event (we go for a trip somewhere, or have a massage afternoon or perhaps a sauna together.) Community Days are a chance for everyone in the community to build relationships and become closer.
When you arrive at the start of your CEP week, you will be given an introductory talk, a walk-round, and assigned a buddy. (A buddy is an experienced member of the community who you can turn to for support or with any questions you may have.)
Whilst you’re on CEP we expect the following…
that you be on time for all meditations and work
that you keep your personal space clean and tidy
that you take part fully in Community Day
that you let us know if you need to come and go during the programme and that you don’t leave your stuff here when you’re not participating
Please note: Recreational drugs and alcohol are not permitted on this programme.
Please make sure that you are willing to commit to the above, prior to arriving.
What You Need to Bring
Bedding is provided. You will need to bring clothing, a towel, loose clothes for wearing in meditations, outdoor clothing and shoes for working in the garden, and perhaps some party gear.
The Next Step
Please make sure that you’ve read through all the information above. Then read it all again. If you then decide that you’d like to come and try the CEP for a week, please fill in all fields of the form below and Tarisha or Iris will contact you to complete a brief CEP interview.
What is the next step after being on CEP for 3 months?
After being on the CEP for 3 months you can apply to join the Team Leader Programme (TLP), the next step up.
This programme is currently run by Devaraj and Amura, long-term Leela residents. You will learn how to lead meditations, hold space in self-development workshops, work more effectively in teams and how to lead work projects at Osho Leela. You have your own sharing each Wednesday, to help you really step up and be the most amazing being you can be.
To join the TLP you will need to sign a contract, agreeing to be at Leela full-time for the next 3 months. In addition to your one day off a week, you will also get 2 extra days off a month, and if, after your first TLP contract is complete, you sign another, you get 1.5 days off a week. You remain living in same sex dorm accommodation, but we try to room you with other TLPs.
The Team Leader Programme is a great “step up” programme for whatever you want to do in life, be in here in the community or outside in the world.
Fill Out the Application Form
Once you have had your CEP interview and agreed dates, etc., please follow this link to the payment section.
NOTE: Your place on the CEP is only secured for the date you have asked for, once you have paid for the first week. We ask that you do this within 24 hours of your interview or we may give your slot to somebody else.