Open Sky Community Retreat

How can we create a community based on values like inclusion, liberty, expression, equality, care, and creativity (instead of dominance, oppression, force, fear, and inequality)? How can we create a space where everybody feels invited and enabled to express their own way of being human? And what does this imply for how we parent and educate our children?

Being-different-together

House of the beloved wants to design and experiment with new ways of living together and creating community. At the core of our retreat is the practice of “being different together”: how can we build community based on being fully ourselves rather than conforming to an imposed norm in order to fit in and be accepted by the group. Being-different-together is a practice of love, defined as “the will to extend oneself to support one’s own and the other’s existential development”. For a detailed explanation, please listen to our podcast:

Fully yourself, deeply connected

As our core practice we propose the embodiment of your own way of being human, also referred to as Authentic Presence. It is a relational meditation that invites you to fully reveal and express yourself with radically owned honesty as a practice of self-exploration and self-recognition. For more details, listen to this podcast:

What we wonder about:

During this experimental Summer retreat, we wonder about a few things:

  • What are the minimal necessary structures to enable the embodiment of being-different-together as an inclusive, intergenerational learning and living community?
  • What are the implications of being-different-together for community building, education, and parenting?

You are welcome!

Are you interested in (temporarily) living in community? Do you feel drawn to placing personal/spiritual/existential development at the center of your life? Do you long for a community that combines authenticity and connection, honesty and care, silence and roaring like a beast? Please read our intuitions and our “monastic rules” and see if this resonates with you.

Practicals

PLANNING

Begin: Saturday, July 27, End: Sunday, August 4th. You can join for the whole period, or for a few days.

We’ll start with the daily rhythm of House of the beloved. Throughout the week this can organically change depending on our needs and possibilities.

  • 06:40 waking up 
  • 07:00 silent sit
  • 07:30 body practice (yoga, dance, martial arts)
  • 08:00 breath work (pranayama) & uccara practice
  • 08:30 morning ceremony & dance
  • 09:00 BREAKFAST
  • 09:30 community check-in
  • 10:00 open
  • 13:00 meditation
  • 13:30 LUNCH
  • 14:00 open
  • 18:00 music meditation
  • 18:30 SIMPLE DINNER
  • 19:00 open
  • 22:00 evening ceremony

FOOD & DRINKS

Together we will cook vegan, sugar-free food. Groceries will be ordered beforehand, so please let us know when you will be present. There is neither fridge nor freezer (no electricity!), but we can create a construction to cool our food in the river. Bring your own plates, cups, and utensils. If you have a big pot (20L), please let us know.

TRAVELING

The location is close to Ucimont, about 2 hours South of Brussels. We’ll organize car pooling or train pick-up (from station Paliseul). All information and exact coordinates will be given after you register.

SLEEPING

We rented two chalets with some beds, couches, and space to sleep on the floor. Priority is given to elderly and/or families with newborns or soon-to-be-borns. For all others, there is plenty of beautiful spaces to put your tent.

SHOWERS

The river! And there are also -cold!- showers in the Chalets.

CONTRIBUTION

We will all contribute equally to the costs of rent (€1060 in total, for all of us together), food (approximately €15 per day per person), wood for the fire, etc. All contributions can be transferred to this account: IBAN BE54 7370 7190 1897 (House of the beloved vzw)

WHAT TO BRING

  • REMEMBER: NO ELECTRICITY! so bring power banks or solar panels if you need
  • Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (optional, you can sleep in open air with a star view, highly recommended!), head lamp
  • Music instruments
  • Candles
  • Everything you need for personal hygiene. Please take the most ecological you can find; all the waste goes straight into ground and river
  • It can get cold in the evenings, so bring warm clothing, outdoor clothing, and something for the rain.
  • swimming gear -!-
  • Food to share

We look very much forward to rewilding with you!