Community Experience Programme (CEP) & Raise Awareness Programme (RAP)
On November 1st, we are introducing the Raise Awareness Programme (RAP). This will replace the Community Experience Programme (CEP). We are currently in a transition period so below is information on both the CEP and the RAP.
The Community Experience Programme (CEP) is the way for you to experience actually living in our community with a focus on your inner process.
The Raise Awareness Programme (RAP) will be similar to the CEP in many ways. However, the focus is raising awareness in specific areas of your life:
- How you relate
- Unconscious habits
- Blind spots that undermine you
- Where you hold yourself back
Being on the RAP programme will support you to grow in the following areas:
- Learning to share from the heart
- Honest relating
- Emotional wellbeing
- Being seen
Both the CEP and RAP are initially 7-day programmes. We review your participation weekly and the programmes last for a maximum of 3 months after which you can apply for the Team Leader Programme (TLP).
As well as both the CEP and RAP being stand-alone programmes, they are also a first step towards possibly living at Leela longer term. We work mornings and afternoons doing house-keeping (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. The RAP programme will have an extra session each week and an extra sharing. You will have one day off per week. Wednesdays are ‘Community Days’ (read on for more).
While you’re on CEP or RAP, you will stay in a dorm with other participants of the same gender. Two longer-term community members oversee 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.
Both programmes are well held. 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 programme leaders will support and encourage you to overcome internal barriers that block you from being totally alive.
Often, when people come to Leela, they find that being in this environment brings their negative conditioning and limiting self-beliefs to the surface. This can cause inner conflict. It may be that just being here working and doing the daily meditations does not resolve this. In these cases, we suggest participation in in-house workshops that involve expression and release. These will give you tools for going deeper into self-awareness, supporting life in the community.
The CEP costs £30 a week
The RAP will cost £40 until Spring 2020
Both payments include 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. Both programmes are 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 or RAP, you would need to arrive on a Monday, between 10 am and 4 pm.
When you leave on a Monday morning after your time on CEP, we ask that you have left by 10 am so that the house can continue with its working day.
(If you are starting a week of CEP/RAP immediately following one of our workshops or events which ends on a Sunday, you will need to pay for an overnight stay before the start of your week. This costs £20, rising to £22 on 1st Jan 2020).
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 Weekday
07.00 – Morning Meditation
08.00 – Showers and breakfast
09.00 – Morning Meeting – dancing and hugging, then we gather in a circle to appreciate new arrivals and anyone leaving. We finish with a group ‘power move’.
09.30 – 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 – Tea break
16.50 – Work
18.00 – Evening Meditation or Session
19.00 – Dinner followed by dishes
20.00 – 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 these events and this is a great time to meet new people and make further connections.
Wednesday is a day when community relating and organisation is the priority. The day begins with a short version of the Humaniversity AUM Meditation or another release session. 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.
After breakfast, we have a sharing as a community or in smaller groups (CEP/RAPs, Core Group, etc.)
In the afternoon, we generally do some sort of community event to support connection.
When you arrive at the start of your week, you will be given an introductory talk and a walk-round, and you will also be 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/RAP, we expect the following…
- that you are on time for all meditations and work
- that you keep your personal space clean and tidy
- that you take part fully in the Wednesday activities
- that you let us know if you need to come and go during the programme and that you don’t leave your luggage here if you leave for a period.
Please note: Recreational drugs and alcohol are not permitted on this programme.
Please make sure that you are willing to commit to the above before you apply.
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 (or RAP after Nov 1st) please fill in all fields of the form below and Iris will contact you to complete a brief interview.
What is the next step after being on CEP/RAP for 3 months?
After being on the CEP/RAP 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 it here in the community or outside in the world.