Pacificadores nativos americanos-zen
Retiro Testemunho Rolamento

Retiro de Testemunhos de Nativos Americanos-Zen Pacificadores 2022

Wolakota Makasintomni Awachekiyapi
Orando pela harmonia sagrada
e Paz Mundial

Black Hills, Dakota do Sul e Devils Tower, Wyoming
domingo, 3 de julho até sábado, 9 de julho de 2022

O Zen Peacemakers tem conduzido retiros de testemunho seguindo os princípios de Não Saber, Dar Testemunho e Agir em Auschwitz, Ruanda e Black Hills desde 1996. Este programa é uma continuação desse rico legado e parte de nossa dedicação em crescer em conexão com as comunidades indígenas da Ilha da Tartaruga.

Confira nosso Jornal para relatórios e reflexões de nossos retiros anteriores.

Participamos de um Retiro Zen Pacificador Bearing Witness
Quando participamos de um Processo de Pacificação

Informações do Retiro


Cost for the Plunge is $750.00. Additional donations are encouraged to help cover costs and support. Participants will be responsible for all travel expenses, lodging and meals. Attendees are responsible for travel costs to and from the retreat locations, and all lodging and meal costs. Attendees are also responsible for making their own hotel reservations.

When We Participate in
A Zen Peacemaker Bearing Witness Retreat,

We Participate in a Peacemaking Process

To Bear Witness is to have a strong glimpse into the truth that the life of the other is actually our own life itself, that we are, indeed, one body.

Our Bearing Witness retreats take place in places where deep human trauma occurred and where healing is endlessly needed. With our retreats we intend to contribute to this healing.

To do this we rely on the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemakers. All aspects of the retreat are founded on these Three Tenets:


letting go of fixed ideas about ourselves, others, and the universe.


to both the joy and the suffering of the world.


that arises from Not-Knowing and Bearing Witness.

These will be our anchors to which we will return throughout each day of the retreat. They are a powerful way to live one’s life and respond to the needs of the world.

While a Bearing Witness Retreat cannot precisely be a Zen Sesshin, we do create a container of intention and awareness we all share the responsibility to maintain. Moving as one, sharing meals, adhering to the schedule, and attending all activities are part of this. Everyone is asked to maintain presence and attention throughout the retreat as each setting allows.

Often, we experience strong emotions and reactions in these places of profound human trauma. Our retreat is designed to support us, with Council practice, meditation periods, prayer sessions, and the presence of senior Spirit Holders who are available to you if you need them. All of us should remain vigilant about how our fellow participants are doing. These reactions can be transformative, and we want to protect the space to fully experience them.

Please prepare to arrive with this spirit in heart and mind.

Refer to the webpage on the Three Tenets to learn more


and contact a retreat leader if you have questions.


Bearing witness retreats often take us to places of deep suffering and even trauma. Participants are encouraged to bear witness not just to certain external and historical events, but also to personal issues of vulnerability and darkness. While the entire staff, including spirit holders, council facilitators, religious leaders and coordinators, tries to create a retreat environment that serves these goals, it is the responsibility of all of us, staff and participants alike, to maintain this environment for the sake of all participants. For this reason I agree to uphold this Code of Ethical Conduct, which is based on principles of trust, integrity, justice, respect and accountability, in order to nurture this bearing witness retreat.

I understand that this retreat provides an opportunity to practice the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemakers: (1) Not Knowing, (2) Bearing Witness, and (3) Taking Action from Not Knowing and Bearing Witness.

>> Accountability. Maintaining the well-being of the retreat is the mutual responsibility of all participants. I agree to consciously cultivate a space where all voices and opinions are heard, the diversity of individual experiences is affirmed and encouraged, and where all participants feel safe in sharing personal shortcomings and concerns. Clear communication supports taking responsibility for both oneself and the retreat, and is thus an act of service to all participants.

>> Transparency. Transparency is crucial to maintaining balance and harmony. I will speak out on matters that, if left unaddressed, may foster doubt, suspicion or resentment.
Self-Awareness. Knowing that this retreat may be arduous to both mind and body, I will take responsibility for monitoring and caring for myself.

>> Right Speech. Mutual respect manifests when we treat each other with dignity and engage with everyone truthfully and compassionately. Harmony is promoted when I observe right speech: refraining from lies, self-serving talk, slander, or apportioning blame. It also includes proactively and skillfully speaking out in a manner that respects all persons involved. Recognizing the potency of anger, I will practice self-awareness and endeavor to express myself openly and generously, without blame or rejection.

>> Confidentiality. I understand that the retreat includes processes and procedures that may involve the sharing of sensitive personal information, and that this information should be held in confidence as much as possible. This caution particularly applies to staff members. On those occasions when, for the well being of specific individuals, staff members need to consult with each other, such consultations will be maintained in confidence.
Boundaries. I am responsible for clarifying, maintaining and communicating appropriate and clear boundaries with other participants.

>> Sexual Conduct. I acknowledge that sexuality is a highly vulnerable part of human experience, and even more so in retreats that challenge our bodies, minds and hearts. For this reason I will not form a new sexual relationship during the retreat with other retreat participants.

>> Use of Intoxicants. I understand that clarity of mind is a fundamental component of the practice of the three tenets. The use of non-medically prescribed intoxicants during retreats is acceptable only when prescribed by the retreat staff.

>> Practices Outside the Scope of the Retreat. All activities should support the purpose of this retreat as declared in the advertised description. No staff member or leader can give teachings or practices that lie outside its purview. Any doubts or questions about this should be taken to the spirit holders for resolution.

Covid Information

We support our attendees’ concern for security and safety and we require all those registering to provide a photo image of their Covid vaccination card. We will, of course, follow the Covid regulations in place at the time of the retreat on site as well. Every country may have different regulations and types of certificates needed for entry/exit/re-entry at different times. Por exemplo, alguns países exigiram prova de teste negativo (com um teste de antígeno ou um teste de amplificação de ácido nucleico (NAAT)) 3 dias antes da reentrada. This may change; however, participants are asked to be aware of the regulation updates for their destination. Please be advised that the testing fees are not included in the retreat fees. Embora os custos sejam cobertos pessoalmente, ajudaremos a tornar este serviço acessível.
Mantenha-se a par das restrições de viagem devido ao Covid-19 e faça seus preparativos de viagem com sabedoria, comprando uma passagem totalmente reembolsável, uma apólice de seguro de viagem ou ambos.

Mitakuye Oyasin – todas as minhas relações – é uma compreensão essencial dos Lakota, e os Zen Peacemakers têm a honra de continuar aprofundando nosso relacionamento com os Lakota e outras tribos nativas nas Black Hills. Embora os programas formais tenham começado recentemente, eles são fruto de um relacionamento de 18 anos entre indivíduos Lakota e membros Zen Peacemaker.

Desde 2015, os Zen Peacemakers realizam programas anualmente em colaboração com a comunidade nativa americana em Dakota do Sul. Esses programas são diferentes a cada ano, de acordo com as necessidades de nossos anfitriões e participantes: eles se manifestaram como o maior retiro de testemunhas de Black Hills para 180 participantes em 2015, o mergulho liderado por membros íntimos em 2016 na reserva da tribo Cheyenne River Sioux (CRST), e os programas duplos em 2017 de uma Semana de Serviço no CRST e o mergulho das testemunhas em Montana, Wyoming e Dakota do Sul.

Cada ano consecutivo se baseia no relacionamento que desenvolvemos com nossos anfitriões. E, os participantes do nosso programa continuaram individualmente seus relacionamentos por meio de comunicações e ações, como uma campanha de roupas em todo o país, colaborações de justiça social, sua presença no acampamento Standing Rock no inverno de 2016, um retiro de Testemunhas de Jeová liderado por membros em Minnesota, edifício uma estufa aberta o ano todo em Pine Ridge e em muitas outras formas. Algumas dessas histórias são contadas em nosso online Diário .

A peregrinação deste ano se concentrará em locais sagrados e históricos nas Black Hills da Dakota do Sul.

Nossos amigos Lakota, com suas reservas profundas de humildade, fé e resistência, mostrarão o caminho. Iremos atendê-los com profunda escuta, respeito e a intenção de plantar novas sementes de cuidado, confiança e bem-estar para todas as nossas relações.

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Este programa será conduzido pela equipe de liderança e no espírito dos Três Princípios dos Pacificadores Zen. Embora haja uma estrutura definida e uma estrutura facilitada pelos líderes, esteja ciente de que a agenda pode mudar a qualquer momento, pois testemunhamos o que está acontecendo a cada momento e do dia a dia. A flexibilidade é essencial.

As intenções e o espírito deste programa serão mantidos cuidadosa e sutilmente pelos facilitadores do programa. Por favor, esteja atento às instruções deles.

Revista Internacional Zen Peacemakers