Pacificateurs amérindiens-zen
Retraite pour témoigner

Retraite de témoignage des pacificateurs amérindiens-Zen 2023

Wolakota Makasintomni Awachekiyapi
Prier pour l’harmonie sacrée
et la paix mondiale

Roue de la médecine dans les Bighorn Mts. du Wyoming et sur le site du champ de bataille de Rosebud dans le Montana
Du dimanche 9 juillet au samedi 15 juillet 2023


Zen Peacemakers organise des retraites de témoignage suivant les principes de Ne pas savoir, de témoigner et d’agir à Auschwitz, au Rwanda et dans les Black Hills depuis 1996. Ce programme s’inscrit dans la continuité de ce riche héritage et dans le cadre de notre engagement à grandir en lien avec les communautés autochtones de l’île de la Tortue.

Consultez notre journal pour des rapports et des réflexions sur nos retraites passées.

Nous participons à une retraite Zen Peacemaker Bearing Witness
Lorsque nous participons à un processus de rétablissement de la paix

Informations sur la retraite


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.

Mitakuye Oyasin – toutes mes relations – est une compréhension essentielle des Lakota, et Zen Peacemakers est honoré de continuer à approfondir nos relations avec les Lakota et les autres tribus autochtones des Black Hills. Bien que des programmes formels aient commencé récemment, ils sont le fruit d’une relation de 18 ans entre des individus Lakota et des membres Zen Peacemaker.

Depuis 2015, Zen Peacemakers organise chaque année des programmes en collaboration avec la communauté amérindienne du Dakota du Sud. Ces programmes sont différents chaque année, selon les besoins de nos hôtes et de nos participants : ils se sont manifestés comme la retraite majeure de 180 participants Black Hills Bearing Witness en 2015, le Plunge intime dirigé par des membres en 2016 sur la réserve Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. (CRST), et les programmes doubles en 2017 d’une semaine de service sur CRST et le Bearing Witness Plunge dans le Montana, le Wyoming et le Dakota du Sud.

Chaque année consécutive s’appuie sur les relations que nous développons avec nos hôtes. Et, les participants à notre programme ont individuellement poursuivi leurs relations par le biais de communications et d’actions, telles qu’une collecte de vêtements à l’échelle nationale, des collaborations en matière de justice sociale, leur présence au camp de Standing Rock à l’hiver 2016, une retraite Bearing Witness dirigée par les membres dans le Minnesota, la construction une serre toute l’année à Pine Ridge, et sous de nombreuses autres formes. Certaines de ces histoires sont racontées dans notre Journal .

Nos amis Lakota, avec leurs profondes réserves d’humilité, de foi et d’endurance, montreront la voie. Nous les rencontrerons avec une écoute profonde, un respect et l’intention de semer de nouvelles graines de bienveillance, de confiance et de bien-être pour toutes nos relations.

Ce programme sera mené par l’équipe de direction et dans l’esprit des trois principes des artisans de paix zen. Bien qu’il existe une structure et un cadre définis par les dirigeants, sachez que l’ordre du jour peut changer à tout moment car nous témoignons de ce qui se passe à chaque instant et au jour le jour. La flexibilité est essentielle.

Les intentions et l’esprit de ce programme seront soigneusement et subtilement maintenus par les animateurs du programme. Veuillez tenir compte de leurs instructions.

Le journal Zen Peacemakers