Pacificadores Nativos Americanos-Zen
Retiro para dar testimonio

Retiro de Testigos de Pacificadores Nativos Americanos-Zen 2022

Wolakota Makasintomni Awachekiyapi
Orando por la Sagrada Armonía
y paz mundial

Black Hills, Dakota del Sur y Devils Tower, Wyoming
Domingo 3 de julio al sábado 9 de julio de 2022

Zen Peacemakers ha estado llevando a cabo retiros de testimonio siguiendo los principios de No saber, Dar testimonio y Actuar en Auschwitz, Ruanda y Black Hills desde 1996. Este programa es una continuación de este rico legado y parte de nuestra dedicación a crecer en conexión con las comunidades indígenas de Turtle Island.

Consulte nuestro Diario para obtener informes y reflexiones de nuestros retiros anteriores.

Participamos en un Retiro Zen de Testimonio de Pacificadores
Cuando participamos en un proceso de pacificación

Información del 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 ejemplo, algunos países han requerido prueba de resultado negativo (con una prueba de antígeno o una prueba de amplificación de ácido nucleico (NAAT)) 3 días antes del reingreso. 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. Aunque los costos se cubrirán personalmente, ayudaremos a que este servicio sea accesible.
Manténgase al tanto de las restricciones de viaje debido a Covid-19 y haga sus arreglos de viaje de manera inteligente, comprando un boleto totalmente reembolsable, una póliza de seguro de viaje o ambos.

Mitakuye Oyasin, todas mis relaciones , es un entendimiento esencial de Lakota, y Zen Peacemakers tiene el honor de continuar profundizando nuestra relación con los Lakota y otras tribus nativas en Black Hills. Aunque los programas formales comenzaron recientemente, son el fruto de una relación de 18 años entre individuos Lakota y miembros de Zen Peacemaker.

Desde 2015, Zen Peacemakers ha realizado programas anualmente en colaboración con la comunidad nativa americana en Dakota del Sur. Estos programas son diferentes cada año, de acuerdo con las necesidades de nuestros anfitriones y participantes: se han manifestado como el principal retiro de Black Hills Bearing Witness de 180 participantes en 2015, el Plunge íntimo dirigido por miembros en 2016 en la Reserva de la Tribu Cheyenne River Sioux. (CRST) y los programas duales en 2017 de una Semana de servicio en CRST y Bearing Witness Plunge en Montana, Wyoming y Dakota del Sur.

Cada año consecutivo se basa en las relaciones que desarrollamos con nuestros anfitriones. Y, los participantes de nuestro programa han continuado sus relaciones individualmente a través de comunicaciones y acciones, como una campaña de recolección de ropa a nivel nacional, colaboraciones de justicia social, su presencia en el campamento de Standing Rock en el invierno de 2016, un retiro de Bearing Witness dirigido por miembros en Minnesota, construyendo un invernadero durante todo el año en Pine Ridge, y en muchas otras formas. Algunas de estas historias se cuentan en nuestro diario .

La peregrinación de este año se centrará en sitios sagrados e históricos en Black Hills de Dakota del Sur.

Nuestros amigos Lakota, con sus profundas reservas de humildad, fe y perseverancia, mostrarán el camino. Los encontraremos con profunda escucha, respeto y la intención de plantar nuevas semillas de cuidado, confianza y bienestar para todas nuestras relaciones.

Más detalles estarán disponibles al registrarse y por correo electrónico a

Este programa será conducido por el equipo de liderazgo y en el espíritu de los Tres Principios de los Pacificadores Zen. Si bien existe una estructura y un marco establecidos facilitados por los líderes, tenga en cuenta que la agenda puede cambiar en cualquier momento, ya que somos testigos de lo que surge en cada momento y día a día. La flexibilidad es fundamental.

Los facilitadores del programa mantendrán cuidadosa y sutilmente las intenciones y el espíritu de este programa. Tenga en cuenta sus instrucciones.

Revista Internacional Zen Peacemakers