How can we keep going when obstacles can seem insurmountable on a personal or a global level? Can we find the strength to move the mountains that are needed to resolve the crises that face us all?
A first step is to expect disappointment, failure, confusion and death – these are inevitable. If we can relax in the knowledge that none of us are going to ‘survive’, and that since time began life has constantly been subject to change and uncertainty, we can act from a place of liberation and courage. Making friends with our fear can lighten our investment in seeking only ‘good’ outcomes and encourage us to keep going without any guarantee of a positive result. In so doing, we follow in the footsteps of ordinary souls who behaved extraordinarily. We take inspiration from those women and men who sacrificed so much for a higher purpose, a greater good, many of whom did not live to see the fruits of their labour.
A second step is to remember that when people behave in harmful ways, they are not so different to us. Instead of being a far away monster to be vanquished, we have a chance to change our ‘enemy’ through our honesty and self awareness. Instead of riding the high horse of righteousness we can carry the mountain of healing through our humility and sense of service.
The Bhakti Gathering is inspired by the teachings of wise beings who demonstrated how to tackle life’s challenges in practical and embodied ways. Living together for a few days, there’s plenty of opportunity to practice tolerance and patience through simple acts such as sharing a noisy dorm, taking a cold shower, fasting a little… During our time together, each ordinary action becomes a ritual of thanksgiving, transforming the daily ‘grind’ into a coming home to our highest selves and to each other.
Please join us to spend some precious time together. It is possible to experience exquisite joy and expand our capacity for love even in these most challenging of times… and through this, to be the change that we want to see in the world…
Arrive Friday from 2pm (dinner from 5pm, programme starts 6pm Friday).
Booking options – prices are per person, include 3 nights, 4 days of activities and all vegetarian meals. Early Bird prices:
- Camping only £139 (All meals included. Campers have access to free teas and showers/toilets)
- £159 camper vans (electric hook-ups @ £2.50/day, use of hot showers)
- £169 for dorm places in the house (sharing with 4-8 others, bedding provided)
- £229 for a single room in a mobile home
- £244 for a master room or lounge room in a mobile home, or a house double room. (For shared private rooms, each participant pays the dormitory ticket price and the room cost is shared).
- £274 for a private double room in a pine cabin. (For shared private rooms, each participant pays the dormitory ticket price and the room cost is shared).
- Children aged 0-3 – free; aged 4-12 – £20 (3 days camping); aged 13-16 – £25 (3 days camping). There will be some structured sessions of crafts and games for the children throughout the weekend. Mostly, they tend to want to play around the large and child friendly (car free, trampoline and enclosed) grounds.
Helper tickets – there are a limited number of helper tickets available for £30 in exchange for 4 hours per day help (please note we will need your help for 4 hours on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday). Please apply HERE, stating 4 hours/day. Please note: camping only for helper tickets.
There are a limited number of helper tickets that are available for free in exchange for 6 hours per day help. Please apply HERE, stating 6 hours/day. Please note: camping only for helper tickets. Note that the 6 hour option is only available by prior agreement.