Pacificatori nativi americani-zen
Ritiro dei Testimoni

Ritiro di testimonianza dei nativi americani e zen per il ritiro dei testimoni 2022

Wolakota Makasintomni Awachekiyapi
Preghiera per la Sacra Armonia
e pace mondiale

Black Hills, South Dakota e Devils Tower, Wyoming
Da domenica 3 luglio a sabato 9 luglio 2022

Zen Peacemakers ha condotto ritiri di testimonianza seguendo i principi di Non sapere, Portare testimonianza e Agire ad Auschwitz, Ruanda e Black Hills dal 1996. Questo programma è una continuazione di questa ricca eredità e parte della nostra dedizione alla crescita in connessione con le comunità indigene di Turtle Island.

Controlla il nostro diario per i resoconti e le riflessioni dei nostri ritiri passati.

Partecipiamo a un ritiro di testimonianza Zen Peacemaker Bearing
Quando partecipiamo a un processo di pacificazione

Informazioni sul ritiro


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. Ad esempio, alcuni paesi hanno richiesto la prova del test negativo (con un test dell’antigene o un test di amplificazione dell’acido nucleico (NAAT)) 3 giorni prima del rientro. 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. Sebbene i costi saranno coperti personalmente, aiuteremo a rendere accessibile questo servizio.
Ti preghiamo di tenerti aggiornato sulle restrizioni di viaggio dovute a Covid-19 e di organizzare il tuo viaggio con saggezza, acquistando un biglietto completamente rimborsabile, una polizza assicurativa di viaggio o entrambi.

Mitakuye Oyasin — tutte le mie relazioni — è una comprensione essenziale dei Lakota e Zen Peacemakers è onorato di continuare ad approfondire il nostro rapporto con i Lakota e le altre tribù native delle Black Hills. Sebbene i programmi formali siano iniziati di recente, sono il frutto di un rapporto di 18 anni tra individui Lakota e membri Zen Peacemaker.

Dal 2015, Zen Peacemakers ha condotto programmi annuali in collaborazione con la comunità dei nativi americani nel South Dakota. Questi programmi sono diversi ogni anno, in base alle esigenze dei nostri ospiti e dei nostri partecipanti: si sono manifestati come il principale ritiro Black Hills Bearing Witness con 180 partecipanti nel 2015, l’intimo Plunge guidato dai membri nel 2016 sulla prenotazione della tribù Sioux del fiume Cheyenne (CRST) e i doppi programmi nel 2017 di una settimana di servizio su CRST e Bearing Witness Plunge in Montana, Wyoming e South Dakota.

Ogni anno consecutivo si basa sulle relazioni che sviluppiamo con i nostri ospiti. E i partecipanti al nostro programma hanno continuato individualmente le loro relazioni attraverso comunicazioni e azioni, come una raccolta di vestiti a livello nazionale, collaborazioni di giustizia sociale, la loro presenza al campo di Standing Rock nell’inverno 2016, un ritiro Bearing Witness guidato dai membri in Minnesota, costruendo una serra aperta tutto l’anno a Pine Ridge e in molte altre forme. Alcune di queste storie sono raccontate nel nostro online rivista .

Il pellegrinaggio di quest’anno si concentrerà sui siti sacri e storici delle Black Hills del South Dakota.

I nostri amici Lakota, con le loro profonde riserve di umiltà, fede e resistenza, mostreranno la via. Li incontreremo con profondo ascolto, rispetto e l’intenzione di piantare nuovi semi di cura, fiducia e benessere per tutte le nostre relazioni.

Ulteriori dettagli saranno resi disponibili al momento della registrazione e tramite e-mail all’indirizzo

Questo programma sarà condotto dal gruppo dirigente e nello spirito dei Tre Principi dei Pacificatori Zen. Sebbene vi sia una struttura e un quadro stabiliti facilitati dai leader, tieni presente che l’agenda può cambiare in qualsiasi momento poiché diamo testimonianza a ciò che sta emergendo momento per momento e di giorno in giorno. La flessibilità è essenziale.

Le intenzioni e lo spirito di questo programma saranno mantenuti con attenzione e sottilmente mantenuti dai facilitatori del programma. Si prega di essere consapevoli delle loro istruzioni.

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