Retreat für Zeugen

Zen-Friedensstifter der amerikanischen Ureinwohner, die Zeugnis ablegen, Retreat 2022

Wolakota Makasintomni Awachekiyapi
Beten für heilige Harmonie
und weltweiten Frieden

Black Hills, South Dakota und Devils Tower, Wyoming
Sonntag, 3. Juli bis Samstag, 9. Juli 2022

Zen Peacemakers führt seit 1996 in Auschwitz, Ruanda und den Black Hills Zeugenexerzitien nach den Prinzipien des Nichtwissens, des Zeugnisgebens und des Handelns durch. Dieses Programm ist eine Fortsetzung dieses reichen Erbes und Teil unseres Engagements, in Verbindung mit den indigenen Gemeinschaften von Turtle Island zu wachsen.

In unserem Journal finden Sie Berichte und Reflexionen von unseren vergangenen Retreats.

Wir nehmen an einem Zen Peacemaker Bearing Witness Retreat teil
Wenn wir an einem Friedensprozess teilnehmen



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. Beispielsweise verlangen einige Länder 3 Tage vor der Wiedereinreise den Nachweis eines negativen Tests (mit einem Antigentest oder einem Nukleinsäureamplifikationstest (NAAT)). 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. Obwohl die Kosten persönlich getragen werden, helfen wir dabei, diesen Service zugänglich zu machen.
Bitte halten Sie sich über die Reisebeschränkungen aufgrund von Covid-19 auf dem Laufenden und treffen Sie Ihre Reisevorbereitungen mit Bedacht, indem Sie entweder ein vollständig erstattungsfähiges Ticket, eine Reiseversicherung oder beides abschließen.

Mitakuye Oyasin – all meine Verwandten –– ist ein wesentliches Lakota-Verständnis, und Zen Peacemakers fühlt sich geehrt, unsere Beziehung zu den Lakota und anderen eingeborenen Stämmen in den Black Hills weiter zu vertiefen. Obwohl formelle Programme erst vor kurzem begannen, sind sie das Ergebnis einer 18-jährigen Beziehung zwischen Lakota-Personen und Zen Peacemaker-Mitgliedern.

Seit 2015 führen Zen Peacemakers jährlich Programme in Zusammenarbeit mit der Gemeinschaft der amerikanischen Ureinwohner in South Dakota durch. Diese Programme sind jedes Jahr anders, je nach den Bedürfnissen unserer Gastgeber und unserer Teilnehmer: Sie haben sich 2015 als das große Black Hills Bearing Witness-Retreat mit 180 Teilnehmern manifestiert, das intime von Mitgliedern geführte Plunge im Jahr 2016 im Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation (CRST) und die dualen Programme im Jahr 2017 einer Dienstwoche zu CRST und dem Bearing Witness Plunge in Montana, Wyoming und South Dakota.

Jedes Jahr in Folge baut auf den Beziehungen auf, die wir mit unseren Gastgebern aufbauen. Und unsere Programmteilnehmer haben ihre Beziehungen individuell durch Kommunikation und Aktionen fortgesetzt, wie eine landesweite Kleideraktion, Kooperationen im Bereich soziale Gerechtigkeit, ihre Anwesenheit beim Standing Rock Camp im Winter 2016, ein von Mitgliedern geführtes Bearing Witness Retreat in Minnesota, Gebäude ein ganzjähriges Treibhaus in Pine Ridge und in vielen anderen Formen. Einige dieser Geschichten werden in unserem Online erzählt Tagebuch .

Die diesjährige Pilgerreise konzentriert sich auf heilige und historische Stätten in den Black Hills von South Dakota.

Unsere Lakota-Freunde werden mit ihren tiefen Reserven an Demut, Glauben und Ausdauer den Weg weisen. Wir werden ihnen mit tiefem Zuhören, Respekt und der Absicht begegnen, neue Saat der Fürsorge, des Vertrauens und des Wohlbefindens für alle unsere Beziehungen zu säen.

Weitere Details werden bei der Registrierung und per E-Mail an bekannt gegeben

Dieses Programm wird vom Führungsteam und im Geiste der Drei Grundsätze der Zen-Friedensmacher durchgeführt. Obwohl es eine festgelegte Struktur und einen von den Leitern unterstützten Rahmen gibt, beachten Sie bitte, dass sich die Tagesordnung jederzeit ändern kann, da wir von Moment zu Moment und von Tag zu Tag Zeugnis geben von dem, was sich ergibt. Flexibilität ist unabdingbar.

Die Absichten und der Geist dieses Programms werden von den Programmleitern sorgfältig und subtil gepflegt. Bitte beachten Sie deren Anweisungen.

Zen Peacemakers International Journal