Programs

BEARING WITNESS
to the joy and suffering of the world

Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat

For over 20 years we have sat together in the place of fences and guard-towers, 80-100 people from many different backgrounds, from Bosnia, Rwanda, Israel, Palestine, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Poland, the United States, along with members of First Nations. Time and again we learned to listen deeply to each other, gaining a new respect for the richness of life that arises out of different stories and viewpoints.

Native American: Bearing Witness Retreat

Zen Peacemakers has been conducting bearing witness retreats following the principles of Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action since 1996 in Auschwitz, Rwanda, and the Black Hills since 2015. This program is a continuation of this rich legacy, and part of our dedication to grow in connection with the indigenous communities of Turtle Island. 

Race In America: An Intimate Plunge

In February, 2021 Zen Peacemakers International launched a new program called “Race In America: An Intimate Plunge”. This three day online plunge was developed by ZPI Teachers, Board Members, and Staff; bringing you Guest Presentations, Council, Interfaith Services, Archival Materials, and Testimonials.

Rwanda

An international group of Zen Peacemakers came together to Bear Witness to the genocide that took place in 1994. Over a period of 100 days, 800,000 – 1,000,000 Tutsi women, children, and men were brutally slaughtered. The genocide was the culmination of decades of persecution and hatred directed at the Tutsi, a tragedy deeply imprinted on the land, hearts, and spirits of the Rwandan people. In our conversation, Thérèse described how the victims, and also the offenders, are still severely traumatized.

Holy Land

Every year the Holocaust day in Israel is commemorated with a siren, heard all across the country. 70+ years past and the nation is mourning, memorializing and reflecting. The Holocaust memorial-day is always the first event initiating the full cyclical narrative of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Exactly a week later, Israel commemorates the Memorial of the soldiers that were killed in the different wars immediately followed by the Israeli Independence day. Like in a mirror, this of course ignites the beginning of the Palestinian tragedy resembled in the Nakba day and the on-going struggle against the occupation and towards an independent state.

BEARING WITNESS
to the joy and suffering of the world

Auschwitz-Birkenau
Bearing Witness Retreat

For over 20 years we have sat together in the place of fences and guard-towers, 80-100 people from many different backgrounds, from Bosnia, Rwanda, Israel, Palestine, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Poland, the United States, along with members of First Nations. Time and again we learned to listen deeply to each other, gaining a new respect for the richness of life that arises out of different stories and viewpoints.

Native American
Bearing Witness Retreat

Zen Peacemakers has been conducting bearing witness retreats following the principles of Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action since 1996 in Auschwitz, Rwanda, and the Black Hills since 2015. This program is a continuation of this rich legacy, and part of our dedication to grow in connection with the indigenous communities of Turtle Island. 

Race In America: An Intimate Plunge

In February, 2021 Zen Peacemakers International launched a new program called “Race In America: An Intimate Plunge”. This three day online plunge was developed by ZPI Teachers, Board Members, and Staff; bringing you Guest Presentations, Council, Interfaith Services, Archival Materials, and Testimonials.

Rwanda

An international group of Zen Peacemakers came together to Bear Witness to the genocide that took place in 1994. Over a period of 100 days, 800,000 – 1,000,000 Tutsi women, children, and men were brutally slaughtered. The genocide was the culmination of decades of persecution and hatred directed at the Tutsi, a tragedy deeply imprinted on the land, hearts, and spirits of the Rwandan people. In our conversation, Thérèse described how the victims, and also the offenders, are still severely traumatized.

Holy Land

Every year the Holocaust day in Israel is commemorated with a siren, heard all across the country. 70+ years past and the nation is mourning, memorializing and reflecting. The Holocaust memorial-day is always the first event initiating the full cyclical narrative of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Exactly a week later, Israel commemorates the Memorial of the soldiers that were killed in the different wars immediately followed by the Israeli Independence day. Like in a mirror, this of course ignites the beginning of the Palestinian tragedy resembled in the Nakba day and the on-going struggle against the occupation and towards an independent state.